UTC is also involved in sustainable development. This does not only mean addressing issues related to ecology and global warming, but also reflecting on the impact of its decisions on social issues, ecosystems and future generations.
Since 2009 and the Grenelle 1 law, the State wishes to set an example. As a result, all higher education institutions are required to adopt a ‘Green Plan’ and to make an official commitment to this approach.
This dimension has always been acceptedas a matter of course for UTC. Humanism, interculturality, cooperation with students, industrialists, other universities — which make up the DNA of UTC, show this clearly. The school is affected in its teaching missions as it trains the engineers of tomorrow so that they become actors of the future economic life. The question of sustainable development (SD) concerns today — and even more tomorrow — all professions. They must be made aware of it. Students are particularly active and concerned by this issue. They are demanding a real SD dimension in the UTC teaching curricula.
“This question also permeates the university’s research projects, and also cutting across projects involving several laboratories: bioeconomy, chemistry, etc., green, health, transport and sustainable cities “, explains Lucie Dourlens, UTC sustainable development (SD) officer. In its support functions, each department of the school has the capacity, at its level, to carry out its missions by following certain sustainable development objectives. This does not always involve actions that require significant financial o r human resources, but often involve integrating this dimension in the associate professions.
Truly concrete examples
The sustainable development and social responsibility (SD&RS) approach consists of following the sustainable development objectives among the 17 established by the United Nations. “Currently, I can see that many actions are being carried out. We can mention, for example, the student actions through their Associations such as On veut durable, Compiègne en transition or Cac’Carotte, as well as the desire to integrate this dimension into student events. The Tous Unis pour la Cité event also encourages territorial anchoring”, lists Lucie Dourlens.
On the research and teaching side, let’s note UTC’s commitment to the Sorbonne university alliance in the SFRI call for projects. For the support functions, we can highlight actions such as waste sorting, eco-grazing, actions in favour of the inclusion of students and staff with disabilities, making premises accessible, improving the energy efficiency of buildings or replacing equipment with less energy consuming ones. There is a strong willingness on the part of the current governance for a stronger and more visible investment by the UTC in the issues of sustainable development and social responsibility. If the UTC feels ready, after the definition of the main objectives on which we want to work, the next step could be certification.