Aware of the important role it plays in the areas of education and scientific research, but also of social responsibility and the defence of the common good, the U.Porto is an institution strongly committed to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations, within the 2030 Agenda.
It is no coincidence that sustainability is now an increasingly present mark in the rooms and laboratories of the University. Whether through the offer of courses and curricular units where it is addressed in its various dimensions (environmental, social and economic); or through the promotion of research projects aimed at responding to the major global challenges that society faces in areas such as health, climate, biodiversity or renewable energy.
Rooted in the whole academic community, this "culture of sustainability" is imprinted in the campus itself, through the implementation of measures aimed at energy efficiency in buildings, the valorisation of the waste produced, or the promotion of sustainable mobility (e.g.: U-Bike project). And we breathe it in the increasing number of green spaces that paint the University campus.
At this level, the role of the Faculty of Engineering should be highlighted, the first Portuguese higher education institution to publish, in 2006, its sustainability report. Of the numerous actions underway at FEUP, the recently created [email protected] (Education for Sustainable Development) project stands out, for example, which aims at the development of competences in sustainability in the different study cycles at the institution.