Being sustainable means meeting the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Besides natural resources, we need social and economic resources. Thus, and attentive to the development of sustainable objectives, the University of Algarve not only has concerns related to the environment, but also to social equity and economic development. The projects developed in the Algarve are a good example of this.
This is the first sustainability report of the University of Algarve, focusing on some of the main activities in 2021, regarding each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 and contains UAlg's contribution to sustainability, although not exhaustive, in four main components, Teaching, Research, Community and Governance. It has been produced in the framework of the UAlg + Sustainable and Healthier Council, with the valuable contribution of its members. This report also accompanies our contribution to other relevant international agreements, namely the Paris Agreement, the European Green Deal and COP 26, contributing to a fairer, greener and more prosperous society, and to encouraging a more sustainable way of life and promoting joint efforts among people and organisations.
Since 2017, the Universidade of Algarve (UAlg) has formally assumed its contribution to the pursuit of United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, because only with concrete actions by the institutions and their members, at an individual and local level, the global sustainability of our planet will be achieved.
The UAlg Eco Bike project allows the UAlg's community to take and use bikes for free and temporarily.
In 2018, an internal campaign was launched by UAlg to sensitize the academic community to reduce the use of disposable plastic materials (for single use) based on the results of research carried out at UAlg Research Centers (CCMAR and CIMA) and on the strategy European “EC strategy-plastics-2018”.
The well-being of society, the protection of the environment and the fight against global changes that threaten life on earth are part of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that cover several interconnected areas, such as the fight against poverty, equitable access to education and quality health services, the creation of decent jobs, energy and environmental sustainability, conservation and management of water and ocean quality.
The University of Algarve is a centre for the creation, transmission, and sharing of culture and humanistic, artistic, scientific, and technological knowledge, contributing to promoting culture and science in society, seeking to improve its capacity to anticipate and respond to social, scientific and technological changes in order to develop communities, particularly the Algarve region, striving for social cohesion, and promoting and consolidating the values of freedom and citizenship.