Being sustainable means meeting the needs of the current generation, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we need social and economic resources. Sustainability is not just about environmentalism. Thus, and attentive to the development of sustainable objectives, the University of Algarve is also concerned with social equity and economic development. The projects developed in the Algarve are a perfect example of this.
UAlg Eco Bike
The UAlg Eco Bike project allows the provision and free and temporary use of bicycles at the University of Algarve and has as its main objective the promotion of habits of physical and sports activity, associated with the encouragement of more sustainable forms of light mobility within the academic community, through the adoption of alternative means of transportation to public transport and personal vehicles, namely the provision of conventional bicycles.
The system currently has 100 bicycles, differentiated by size S, M and L.
See regulation here
Application date: Permanently open applications
Membership form here
Bicycle Adhesion and Lifting
After the deadline for submitting and examining applications, the user will be contacted to pick up the bicycle assigned to him and will have a period of five working days to pick it up at the headquarters of the Academic Association of the University of Algarve, Campus da Penha.
When lifting the bicycle, the user must present the following documents:
- Identification document;
- Proof of link to the institution;
- Proof of personal accident and liability insurance;
- Term of acceptance / responsibility;
- Security deposit of 30 euros (cash).
Personal accident and liability insurance on here: The option presented is registration with the Portuguese Federation of Cycling and Bicycle Users. Registration includes sports insurance suitable for daily cycling on public roads (training and commuting) in the amount of 29.50 euros / year.
Term of acceptance / responsibility here
Security deposit: The value of the deposit will be returned to the user upon the return of the bicycle, if the bicycle has a condition similar to that of the withdrawal.
In the sense of developing and implementing policies that can contribute to a healthier UAlg, the Working Group for a Healthy UAlg + was created, with the following attributions:
- Promote initiatives in the field of physical activity, nutrition, leisure, the environment and accessibility;
- Contribute to organizational health, the prevention of psychosocial risks and the development of healthier workplaces in UAlg;
- Contribute to the development of healthier lifestyles for UAlg students and teaching and non-teaching staff.
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”.
In this context, a campaign was created within the scope of “UAlg + healthy with - plastic”.
With email alerts and panels in all UAlg canteens and bars, explaining the impact that this type of plastics has on marine life, on ecosystems in general and on human health, and alternative uses of plastic after being recycled, for example its transformation into filament. At the same time, the UAlg Social Action Services stopped buying single-use plastic material (straws, straws, glasses, plates and disposable plastic cutlery).
This good practice has already been adopted by some private bars / restaurants in UAlg, as well as in its proximity, and has also been disseminated to some secondary schools in Faro.
These good practices have already had an echo in the media, with reports on SIC, TVI, RTP and TSF.
UAlg strengthened relations with Algar and received, in 2019, at the beginning of the school year, the visit of the environmental education vehicle, which was present for a week at Campus da Penha and provided training on the theme of recycling to the 10 employees of university residences in Faro.
In this initiative, 200 ecobags were also made available to the institution, to be used not only in university residences, but also for restricted areas of colleges, schools and research centers, where domestic waste (packaging, glass and paper) is produced.
The UAlg 2018 Freshman Reception week also featured an activity dedicated to Recycling, which encouraged “good separation habits anywhere” and not just at home.
In 2019 UAlg was awarded the NOVOVERDE Award - “Recycling Plastic is an Art”, which is under development and consists of the implementation of the circular economy in the institution, using the discarded plastic to crush and use by students of Arts and Prototyping , after being transformed into a filament. In addition, the reduction of water bottles is promoted through this program, through the installation of drinking fountains in public access places.