Association of College & University
Housing Officers – International
South African Chapter

Green Campus Initiative

Annual Green Campuses Conference 2017

About the African Green Campus Initiative:

The Annual Green Campuses Initiative was conceptualized during the year 2011 when South Africa was preparing to host the UN Climate Change Conference - COP 17 which was held in December 2011 in Durban, South Africa. The initiative arose out of the question: “What can colleges and universities do to promote educational awareness on the causes and impact of climate change and what practical interventions can institutions initiate to design, develop and implement green campus programs?”
Climate Change Leadership:
The Annual Green Campuses Initiative was established with the aim for the promotion of environmental sustainability/climate change interventions at colleges and universities campuses in South Africa. The formation of AGCI was underpinned by the belief that colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modelling ways to minimize global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.
Campuses that address the climate challenge by reducing global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability into their curriculum will better serve their students and meet their social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society. By taking on this responsibility, these colleges and universities will be providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to address the critical, systemic challenges faced by the world in this new century and enable them to benefit from the economic opportunities that will arise as a result of solutions they develop….

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