As the world celebrates Earth Day and world leaders in the virtual Earth Day summit, the International Space University (ISU) intends to contribute to the global effort to address the environmental crisis.
In March 2021, after being presented to the ISU Academic Council and Board of Trustees, the ISU Sustainability Policy was approved by the ISU President. Students, faculty, and staff have been working for a year on the climate emergency to understand our institution’s role in leading the change for a more sustainable world and space community. Along with other initiatives organized internally within ISU over the past year, a team of climate activists has drafted the ISU Sustainability Policy.
As a leading institution in the space education sector, through its policy ISU recognizes that we have to thrive on being an example of environmentally friendly practices on both a day-to-day and long-term basis. The policy does not only apply to the Strasbourg central campus but constitutes a guideline for the ISU activities worldwide. The policy’s final purpose is for ISU to become ISO 14001 certified to strengthen and recognize our environmental responsibilities.
The ISU Sustainability Policy identifies six areas of action (namely: green buildings, clean energy, sustainable transportation, zero waste, sustainable procurement, teaching and learning for sustainability) to guarantee that the ISU community and partners cooperate in implementing sustainable practices. Compliance with the policy will be verified by an ad hoc Sustainability Committee, which will annually have the role of presenting the progress to the ISU Academic Council and Board of Trustees.
This policy is our first step in ensuring that future generations can benefit from a more sustainable, cleaner and fairer world on Earth and in space, and ISU is proud to lead change through the continued efforts of its community in facing the climate crisis.
– Incredible colour effects on the water of the Saloum Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Senegal. Sea levels are rising due to climate change—we need to take action! (Credit: ESA/NASA)