The sustainability objectives are based on Chalmers' mission, and aim to go from words to actions. They should contribute both towards a sustainable development of society, and an environmentally friendly organisation with positive, innovative examples on campus.
Sustainable development is a central part of Chalmers’ vision and a driving
force for our areas of advance due to the fact that, as a technical university,
we have a significant mission to provide solutions to educate young people so
that they can contribute to a global sustainable society. Through our areas of advance, we gather
expertise and power to work with other players in society to take on large and
complex societal challenges and to make a real difference.
The sustainability objectives are divided according to Chalmers’ processes
and overall objectives within the areas education, research, utilisation and
internal environment. In addition, there is a process-spanning area for the
driving force of sustainable development, which provides the sustainability
effort with extra height and definition. It aims to increase understanding and
reflection on sustainable development for employees at Chalmers, in order to
take the next big step in Chalmers' sustainability effort. An activity
contributing to this is developing the meaning of Chalmers’ vision in dialogue
with the organisation.
The societal shift that is needed to achieve sustainable development will
take place during our current students’ professional careers. The
sustainability objectives in education are therefore concerned with ensuring
that all programmes have learning objectives relating to sustainable
development, and contain both separate and integrated sustainability aspects
and content of good quality. One of the activities during 2015 is to further
strengthen the introduction of sustainable development for our students.
In the challenge of building a society for 10 billion people within the
planet’s ability, it is difficult to see that any research area at Chalmers
would be irrelevant. Several of the sustainability goals for our research are
therefore concerned with understanding and reflection. Among other things, the
possibility of extending the training package Generic and Transferable Skills is
being examined, so that the course on research ethics and sustainable
development is not given only to doctoral students, but also to postdocs and
research assistants. Additionally, we are continuing to work with developing
Chalmers’ campuses into test beds for innovative transportation and energy
Sustainability goals for utilisation include communication of Chalmers-based
education, research and utilisation, collaboration agreements and our support
system for innovation. An example of an activity to take place during 2015 is
following up and evaluating how sustainability is taken into account in the
strategic COINS collaborations between the university and industry.
In the area of internal environment, we find sustainability objectives and
activities for energy, travelling and transportation, procurement, campus
development and the environmental management system, in order to reduce the
environmental impact from our operations, and to create a sustainable campus
with positive and inspiring examples.
The overarching sustainability objectives at Chalmers for the period
2015-2019 have been set by the President Karin Markides.