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The Faculty of Economics (FELU) has been awarded the Green Flag, an international environmental acknowledgment

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The Faculty of Economics (FELU) has been awarded the Green Flag, an international environmental acknowledgment. The FELU staff and students, together with representatives of the Eco-School, celebrated receiving the Green Flag with a formal signing of the Eco Deed of the Faculty of Economics over a traditional Slovenian breakfast on Friday, 26 October 2018 on the FELU campus. The FELU Dean Prof. Dr Metka Tekavčič welcomed all those present, pointing out that the Faculty is aware of the importance of sustainable development and is proactive also in this domain. She emphasised the Green Flag is yet another in a series of awards the FELU has been given in recent times. The Dean stated the FELU management is committed to reviewing the indicators in the strategy and will strive to establish concrete sustainable development goals in individual pillars of the FELU’s operations. At the start of the event, the moderator Miha Jurečič presented the findings of a master’s thesis by Uroš Kermc, MSc in Business Informatics, mentored by Prof. Dr Adriana Rejc Buhovac and entitled ‘Proposal for the environmental development strategy and operational resources management of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana’. His work contains some interesting findings:

  1. In 2017, in the areas of waste and wastewater management, quantity of paper used, energy and water consumption as well as the travel habits of both employees and students, the FELU shrank its carbon footprint by 22 percent over 2011.
  2. Transport is the FELU’s most energy-consuming and environmentally-harmful area, producing as much as two-thirds of its CO2 emissions.
  3. The FELU employees and students are very environmentally aware, yet it is students more than employees who are willing to change their habits, with the former doing better at reducing their carbon footprint than the latter.

Based on survey results on travel habits, employees would be stimulated to act in a more environmentally friendly way if they had a possibility to use an electric bicycle, along with well-arranged cycling paths, whereas students would be encouraged by a guaranteed parking space dedicated to joint use or shared car rides. Members of the FELU management would be encouraged by having the possibility to use an electric bicycle or if an electric charging station were to be installed in the FELU parking area.

Lucija Marovt, Eco-School Coordinator for Faculties, congratulated everyone present for this tremendous success. She emphasised the FELU is only the second faculty in the entire University of Ljubljana to receive the Green Flag for its environmentally-friendly activities and future plans. She said that institutions usually need 2 years to complete all seven steps and acquire the Green Flag. The FELU did exceptionally well in this programme by satisfying all the criteria already within 1 year. Ms. Marovt thanked in particular the FELU management as, without its commitment, the programme could not have been so successful. She invited students to continue actively participating in the Eco-School programme as it was they who brought this programme to faculties. Nataša Mulec, MSc, Eco-School Coordinator at the FELU, briefly presented the Action Plan for the 2018/2019 academic year as well as thanked the management for support and the employees for their outstanding response and participation in activities. This was followed by the solemn signing of the Eco Deed on behalf of all FELU staff, students and graduates by the Dean Prof. Dr. Metka Tekavčič, the President of the FELU Student Council Rok Smrekar, the National Eco-School Coordinator Gregor Cerar, MSc, and Nataša Mulec, MSc, FELU Eco-School Coordinator. The ceremony came to an end with a photo session alongside the Green Flag and a pleasant tasting of the delicacies that constitute a traditional Slovenian breakfast.

What does being an Eco-School mean? Eco-School is an internationally established programme of comprehensive environmental education aimed at promoting and increasing awareness about sustainable development. It is the only public and international acknowledgement Slovenian schools and higher education institutions can receive as recognition of their environmental activities in line with the international criteria of the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). The programme’s purpose is to develop, implement and monitor the FELU’s environmental policy. The programme focuses on activities; it promotes learning with hands-on experience and education for sustainable development. The programme aims to increase overall awareness about environmental issues among students, employees and other stakeholders.

The scope of activities and events planned for 2018/2019 is also very ambitious. Next year, we plan to open the Eco-Corner and organise a roundtable on a very topical environmental issue. With great expectations and maturity, we will be welcoming among us our new ‘colleagues’, i.e. bees. We will open our beehive on the occasion of the 2nd World Bee Day on 20 May. We invite all our FELU staff, students and graduates to participate in our Eco-Reading Badge. This year, we are reading the books The Hidden Life of Trees (Peter Wohlleben) and Give and Take (Adam Grant).

We invite you to act environmentally and sustainably in your day-to-day life as well as to propose ways to improve our Faculty. Please send any proposals you may have to: natasa.mulec@ef.uni-lj.si.


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