In the last years, Ca' Foscari undertakes to improve energy and water management and to reduce environmental university impact, safeguarding the delicate ecosystem to which Ca' Foscari belong. In the following, the actions developed in the fields of mobility, environmental performances, environmental certifications and waste are listed.
In recent years Ca’ Foscari has been engaged in the renovation of its buildings, with works that have substantially altered their original characteristics.
In fact, additional spaces have been freed up for functional use, while new buildings and university complexes have been designed to cater for the needs for extra space due to the growing numbers of students, at the same time guaranteeing the right conditions for top quality research with more equipment and instruments, and in a safe environment.
The University has concentrated its construction activities to those areas of the city and mainland area with great potential, the aim being to regenerate and revitalise these, whilst always bearing in mind the delicate Venetian ecosystem.
In 2013 Palazzo Foscari, the Venetian Gothic palace, headquarters of Ca’ Foscari University
of Venice built in 1453, has officially earned the LEED certification becoming the oldest “green”
building on the planet.
The LEED certification, attests the sustainability level of a building regarding operations, maintenance and management. Water efficiency, renewable resources, green procurement, sustainable mobility, low
environmental impact waste management, green purchasing and non-toxic cleaning products are the key parameters that have allowed the university to meet LEED requirements.
The recycling in Ca' Foscari has been launched in 2010 in the main building and in San Giobbe Campus, through the "Ra.Di.Ca. - Raccolta Differenziata a Ca' Foscari" project, in collaboration with VERITAS SpA.
In 2011, the project has been extended, to all the other university buildings in Venice, Mestre and Treviso.
In the correct waste management there are two complementary goals:
To efficiently respond to students and staff expectations, solutions are implemented and integrated with the activities of the cleaning and concierge service company.
Awareness initiatives for students and staff are included in the activities. For exemple the partecipation to the European Week for Waste Reduction, staff training for the Cleaning Company on university waste collection procedure and all the activities that engage students in a direct way.
Like all Public Administrations, Ca’ Foscari University makes most of its purchases through Consip (Authority for Public IT) and MePA (Italian Public Administration e-Marketplace) the procurement platform managed by Consip. Consip is a joint-stock company set up by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance as a Central Purchasing Body, which develops innovative purchase procedures and tools (agreements, e-Marketplace, framework agreements) for administrations and companies. Under a series of specific agreements, it provides the single administrations with support throughout the procurement process.
The Italian Public Administration e-Marketplace, or MePA, guarantees Public Administrations, transparency and traceability in every step of the procurement process, allowing them to compare products offered by suppliers throughout Italy and giving PAs the opportunity to make requests for quotations.
In 2015 the University set up a specific project entitled “Green Public Procurement (GPP). Restraints and opportunities for business and public administrations” in collaboration with the Fondazione Ca’ Foscari and thanks to funding from the local Chamber of Trade (Camera di Commercio Venezia Rovigo Delta Lagunare).
The purpose of this project was to spread the culture of corporate social accountability within both public administrations and local businesses, using Ca’ Foscari’s Central Administration as a case study.
Green Purchases or GPP - Green Public Procurement is a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduce environmental impact throughout their life cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the same primary function that would otherwise be procured.
Ca’ Foscari is committed to promoting the sustainable mobility and a low environmental impact through a series of conventions dedicated to personnel, for travels to and from work.
The University adheres to the initiatives promoted by the mobility manager of the area focused on promoting the use of local public transports. The mobility manager of the provincial area of Venice has stipulated a conversation with the operators providing local public transport in the Venetian area to sell annual subscriptions for firms adhering to the mobility management initiatives.
The Venetian Firm for Mobility S.p.A (AVM) has made the places within Mestre’s Bicycle Park available to university employees so that they can park their car for a charge and safely ride a bike for a reduced price.
Besides this, the university has stipulated a convention with the cooperative that manages the Bike Park with the purpose to offer a service of bike reparation and maintenance for users and the possibility to buy a new bike at discounted prices.