The 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games are here (although you may have missed it due to the high profile talks between North and South Korea!) and I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that sustainability is on the Games’ agenda!
Part of the sustainability vision for this year’s Games is to go beyond what has been done in past Olympic and international events. To help them meet this ambitious aim, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee has established a sustainability plan for before, during and after the Games.
The event’s sustainability performance is linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and monitored under the following 5 categories: Low Carbon Green Olympics, Stewardship of the Nature, Good Life, Proud People with Tradition and Culture, and Globalizing PyeongChang: Opening to the world.
Whilst the Games have been giving out medals, they have received an award of their own as the first Winter Olympic Games to achieve ISO20121 certification. The certification is an internationally recognised standard to improve the sustainability of events.
The sustainability achievements of the team behind this year’s Games haven’t stopped there. So far, they have:
- Reduced 400 thousand tonnes and offset 930 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas emissions
- Secured enough wind power to fuel the entire length of the Games and more
- Ensured all newly built venues meet green-building certifications. The venues consume less energy and reduce pollution rather than emit pollution than conventional builds.
- Reduced impact on local forests and habitation by combining the Ladies and Men’s ski slopes together
- Built new and improved existing local restaurants
- Created 9 trekking routes to mark the Olympic’s legacy
- Restored a landfill site to create the Gangneung Olympic Park
- Installed a rainwater harvesting system, solar and geothermal energy generating technologies and ecological ponds
- Had 1919 young people from countries without snow participate in the Dream Programme to experience Korean culture and winter sports
- Provided 229 transportation vehicles with wheelchair access
- Educated 5001 business owners and government employees on impairment and accessibility awareness
- Had 26601 students participate in the School Visit programme on Olympic values and winter sports
Their future plans include:
- Restoring 200% of the total forestation that has been lost to construction
- Preserving and promoting biodiversity including the repopulation and restoration of 4 species
- Creation of tourist centres promoting sports, culture and arts
DMU will be holding a workshop on how we can link the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into our courses. The workshop will take place in Queens 0.11 from 2pm to 3.30pm and is open to all staff and students.
In a recent NUS survey, 82% of DMU students were found to agree that sustainable development should be part of and promoted within all courses across the university. This workshop gives you a fantastic opportunity to put forward your ideas on how we do this.
The event is part of the NUS SDG Teach-in week which will run from 19th – 23rd February. The week aims to raise awareness amongst students of the 17 SDGs shown below to create a force for transforming the world for good. DMU is taking part in NUS’ pledge for UK universities and colleges to include the United Nation’s SDGs in their teaching and learning throughout the Teach-in week. However, here at DMU we want to do more and make sustainability a permanent feature on all of our courses – the workshop is just the beginning so stay tuned!
The 17 SDGs were established by 193 countries in 2015. The goals have been adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all with a set of targets to be achieved by 2030. See the UN website for more information on each of the goals.
As well as the upcoming workshop, DMU also has an Education for Sustainable Development Forum (ESD). The forum meets on a regular basis to discuss new initiatives on incorporating sustainable development skills across the teaching curriculum. Click here to find out more about the ESD Forum and how you can get involved.
Be sure to keep Wednesday 21st February in your diary and start your journey towards transforming your education for the better!
Staff and students can now make use of DMU’s brand new Cycle Store. The indoor space has two separate storage rooms, one for students and one for staff. Both rooms require secure access and are equipped with two-tier storage racks which can hold up to 68 bikes in each room. The new facility is also home to a bike pump and repair station so you can get back on your two wheels whenever you need to. Shower facilities can also be accessed nearby in the Vijay Patel building.
For all of you budding cyclists and those of you who want to get ahead on your healthy New Year resolutions, the brand new facilities offer a fantastic opportunity to take up cycling to the campus. Cycling not only helps to cut calories but also your carbon footprint if you usually rely on a car or public transport to get around.
As well as the onsite bike pump and repair station, the DMU Sustainability are also able to offer free inner tubes, puncture repair kits, high vis jackets and to all staff and students. Students can also receive a free D-lock to keep your bike secure and a loan system is in place for staff. Lights are also available for staff.
Drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your access to the Cycle Store and to request any of the cycle equipment listed above. Spaces and equipment are limited and access will be provided on a first come first served basis.