Ca’ Foscari is committed to diffusing a culture of sustainability among its students, staff and faculty, as well as among the local and international community by constantly looking for new communication channels to help increase awareness of and involvement in these issues. The University wants to be a driving force for sustainability and so organises a wide range of events (seminars, conferences, projects), often of an artistic nature, the goals being to increase awareness of sustainable behaviour and sharing the results of its scientific research into sustainability.
Stakeholders are actively involved on various occasions in order to generate synergic interaction in the local community. They are also involved in the creation of co-participation projects aimed at improving the University’s spaces and structures, not to mention the surrounding urban areas.
“Ca Foscari sociale” is a project launched by the university in 2012 to boost the university community’s cooperation with the Veneto Region’s non-profit associations.
Project objectives are to increase awareness of the University’s civic role and, at the same time, to value individuals’ professionalism taking part in the territorial welfare sphere.
Ca' Foscari signed - on 1st October 2013 - an agreement with the 7 provincial voluntary service centers (Centri di Servizio per il Volontariato) of the Veneto Regione, in order to strengthen the connection with the local voluntary net and with a view to meeting the real needs of voluntary services in the area and an agreement with AVIS (Associazione Volontari Italiani del Sangue - Association of Voluntary Italian Blood Donors) of Venezia province, signed on 26th March 2015.
Ca' Foscari University in partnership with the Coordinating Body of the Voluntary Associations of the Province of Treviso started in 2014 a free one-year training path for existing and aspiring volunteers; the lessons are held in italian, in Treviso University Campus.
At Ca’ Foscari the setting-up of a research spin-off is seen as both a means of turning the university’s acquired knowledge to account and as a way to transfer new know-how in economics, science and technology to the production system.
The main objective of any spin-off is to favour contact between university research bodies, the world of manufacturing and local institutions in order to support further research and spread new technologies that will have a positive fall-out on industrial production and social wellbeing for the local community.
In 2015 Ca' Foscari set up the spin-off Green Decision, that is concerned with sustainability issues, as it provides services that support those called to make decisions regarding environmental matters linked to the development and approval of new materials and products. Green Decision originates from the Department of Environmental Science, IT and Statistics; the University contributes to its share capital through the Fondazione Università Ca' Foscari.
The University wants to be a driving force for sustainability and so organises a wide range of events (seminars, conferences, projects), often of an artistic nature, the goals being to increase awareness of sustainable behaviour and sharing the results of its scientific research into sustainability.
With regard to its relations with the local community, Ca’ Foscari has adopted the Veneto strategy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth using digital technology for social, cultural and economic purposes. In fact it signed an agreement with the Veneto Region to organise digital innovation initiatives involving the local community citizens, businesses and public administrations, in order to set up participatory co-design workshops for public services.