The RUS - University Network for Sustainable Development, is the first experience of coordination and sharing between all Italian universities committed to the topic of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Formally established in the CRUI in July 2016, Ca’ Foscari was among the promoting universities.
On June 29th 2018, the Polytechnic University of Bari will host the second annual conference of the University Network for Sustainable Development. The main topic will be the interaction between Universities and Cities to join forces and find solutions, with the aim of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
On 10 July 2017 the Ca' Foscari University of Venice hosted the first conference [IT] of the "Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo sostenibile". The main topic of the conference is the education in the italian universities for sustainable development, with the presentation of best practices to promote existing projects and to develop new ideas.
The main goal of RUS is to spread the culture of sustainability, both within and outside the Universities, sharing skills and experiences, with the aim of increasing the positive impact in terms of environmental, ethical, social and economic actions which are currently implemented by each university, furthering the recognisability and the value of the Italian experience on an International level.
The RUS is intended to be a model of best practice in the field of sustainability, with the aim of extending its policies to other sectors of P.A, education and the general territory. Furthermore, RUS is working to incentivise the collaboration between university and city and to spread social innovation over the territory. Lastly, the network seeks to provide cultural stimuli for the entire country system and to promote new national politics for sustainability and sustainable growth, which support the debate among economic participants.
All universities linked to the CRUI and other non-profit organisations, whose institutional goals are coherent with the RUS objectives, can adhere. Today around 50 universities have shown the intention to adhere to this network, among which are the universities that make up the Promoting Committee, such as Ca’ Foscari, that currently has assumed the role of Organizational Secretary.
The network has a Committee of Coordination for a term of three years, with the responsibility of addressing and monitoring the network’s activities, defining different Work Groups that will be committed to topics considered as a priority in order to achieve the RUS institutional objectives.
Last update: 02/07/2018