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University labs – probably the toughest challenge of all

Universities talk about sustainability but few are doing anything to reach the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations, a sustainability expert has told The Fifth Estate.

In particular, university science labs are creating a sustainability challenge, says Leanne Denby, a director of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, an association committed to challenging universities to lift their game.

“Universities could be doing a whole lot more [to meet the UN SDGs],” Denby says.

“If you asked the vice-chancellors if they are aware of the SDGs and what they are doing, you would get some pretty blank stares. The same across the broader executive. And it is not for the want of sustainability development officers in universities trying to get them to do something about it.”

The universities labs in which researchers are developing environmental solutions (such as solar panels) are especially backward on environmental standards. Read the full story here.

 

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