Online and connected: Creating discussion spaces online

In the third installment of our series about how universities are using the internet to engage students and the wider community in sustainability, we look at how universities are creating online platforms to share sustainability information on campus with stakeholders.

Simon Frasier University in Canada created to get SFU students and alumni talking about how big problems like global warming and poverty affect them at an individual and local level. The site has four sections: a ‘talk’ section to identify and discuss issues, a ‘plan’ section to form teams and develop project ideas, an ‘act’ section to track the status of projects and, finally, a ‘review’ section to share thoughts and comments on completed projects.  Inov8 also supports – financially, administratively and politically – student organised and run projects that aim to solve local problems.

Sustainable Business Performance is an online community formed by researchers, scientists and students of Kozminski University in Poland to communicate the message of sustainability and help businesses minimise waste, reduce costs and create jobs.

Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies in Korea has created a webzine focused on Sustainability Management. The webzine provides links to a range of short articles and teaching aids around the topics of ethics, social responsibility, protection of the natural environment and sustainable management.

The University of Greenwich Sustainability Team in the UK has an active blog where they regularly post updates about a wide range of campus greening projects. Posts range from updates on solar panels being installed on the roof of some of the student residences, planting a new Orchard on campus and the results of an exhibition on campus focused on sustainable procurement. Activities are also updated regularly on Twitter (@Sust_Greenich)

Mendoza College of business relaunched their website to focus on their Ask More of Business Campaign, which highlights the college’s greater commitment to business for good and to the Principles of PRME. “Did you know that 51 of the world’s largest economies are corporations? And that multinational corporations account for 25 percent of the world’s assets?” The site provides a range of information around individual integrity, creating more effective organizations and how Mendoza is incorporating these topics into their curriculum.

How are you engaging your students in sustainability via the web? Share your experiences and examples below in the comments area.

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