The URJC is aware of the magnitude of the environmental crisis, and the importance of actively contributing to environmental sustainability in all its dimensions, from our lifestyle to the development of teaching, research and the management of our campuses, as contemplate the Strategic Plan 2020-2025 (approved by the Government Council on June 26, 2020) in its Objective 10.
To give shape to this objective of the Strategic Plan linked to University Social Responsibility, the URJC-2030 Project with the intention of integrating the 2030 Agenda into teaching, research, knowledge transfer and university management activities.
To incorporate sustainability criteria and reduce the environmental impact of its activity, the URJC has two main actors in its organic structure: the Green Office and the Energy Efficiency Unit (UNEFE), in charge of advising, training, providing solutions and monitoring. to these, although it is the entire University Community that is involved in achieving these objectives in a co-responsible manner.
Lines of action
In 2015, the Energy Efficiency Unit (hereinafter, UNEFE) was approved by the Governing Council of the Rey Juan Carlos University (hereinafter, URJC) on September 25. UNEFE carries out a fundamental activity in the implementation of the Energy Management System in the Móstoles and Fuenlabrada Campuses, without relegating control of the rest of the buildings that make up the University, whose main objective is to reduce the significant energy consumption of said campus, increasing the efficiency of energy use and the consequent reduction in energy costs, taking into account the comfort of users. Years ago, there was the Energy Efficiency Commission which was absorbed into the UNEFE.
UNEFE, as Energy Manager of the buildings belonging to the University, made up of more than 50 buildings spread over 5 campuses (Móstoles, Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Vicálvaro and Aranjuez) and 2 buildings in the center of Madrid (Manuel Becerra and Quintana-Ferraz ), has a cross-cutting nature, and has full powers in matters of energy efficiency, collaborating directly in the coordination and technical management of all the actions that are carried out in this matter on the University campuses, through its Bodies. of government. Functionally, it depends on the Office of the Vice President for Innovation and Transfer and the Office of the Vice President for Infrastructures at the University.
Among the functions carried out by this Unit, it is worth mentioning: monitoring of energy consumption, performance of energy audits, audits of the management system, and the proposal of actions to improve the use of energy, including aspects of energy efficiency in construction and modification of facilities. All of this on the Móstoles and Fuenlabrada campuses.
At the Alcorcón and Vicálvaro Campuses, energy audits have been carried out in order to comply with Royal Decree 56/2016, which have been registered in the Community of Madrid, and to advance the necessary actions for their future inclusion in the System.
One of the main achievements was obtaining, in 2014, the "Certificate of the Energy Management System - ISO 50001" at the Móstoles Campus of the Rey Juan Carlos University. In 2017, the Certificate was extended to include the Fuenlabrada campus, which has made it possible to give greater visibility, both internally and externally, to all the actions aimed at saving and energy efficiency that have been carried out at the University since the year 2011.
For more information visit the website of the UNEFE
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- Implementation of a free battery collection system on all campuses with the authorized manager ECOPILAS.
- Implementation of Mobile Collection as a solidarity project with an agreement with the Children with Cancer Association and managed by Solidarity Mobiles.
- Selective collection plan for packaging and organic waste at source on all campuses of the Rey Juan Carlos University. PDF 'I'm counting on you' campaign.
- Collection of chemical and biological waste by authorized managers.
- Selective collection of beverage containers in cafeterias, URJC agreement and MPC Environmental Recovery Systems.
- Toner collection. The URJC has a toner collection service for the university's printing equipment. Ask the assistants of the buildings where to deposit the used toner and they will inform you.
- Paper collection. You have outdoor paper bins on all campuses. Almost all buildings have paper containers inside. We are working so that you have paper containers in any URJC building.
- Preparation of the 'Preliminary Study of the situation in terms of waste management at the URJC facilities from the point of view of Environmental Management'. December 2010.
- Report on 'Waste management on the Móstoles campus'
- Campaign 'The Glass Games. The glass challenge
The URJC has among its objectives the reduction of the environmental impact generated by the mobility and transportation of the entire university community (students, workers, external services, etc.). For this reason, the Sustainable Mobility Plan 2024-2028 has set the objective of promoting alternative modes to the private motorized vehicle, which allow us to reduce our carbon footprint in internal and external travel.
- Summary of the Sustainable Mobility Plan 2024-2028
- Complete Sustainable Mobility Plan
- URJC Sustainable Mobility Commission
Actions associated with Sustainable Mobility
- Promotion of teleworking
- Calls for public transport aid: The URJC annually calls for public transport aid to teachers y administration and services staff, accessible from the electronic headquarters.
- Electric vehicle charging points in the surface parking lots of our campuses:
- URJC sustainable mobility survey
- shared car
- Intercampus cycling route
- Introduction workshops to bicycle mechanics
Training and research in Sustainable Mobility
- The RAC Course 'Sustainability: Criteria and Decision Making' (1 ECTS) incorporates a module where students can calculate their ecological footprint and how sustainable their travel is, among other aspects of daily life. You can complete the survey yourself is located here, whether you are a student or worker at the URJC.
- If you are interested in what role transportation plays in sustainable development, and how we will move in a few years, the Free MOOC course 'Smart transportation for a sustainable future' It will help you know more about all of it.
- If you want to study an official qualification related, although not exclusively, to Sustainable Mobility, among the URJC engineering You have several interesting options.
- Research on Sustainable fuels to decarbonise aviation
Sustainability in university teaching
Universities have always had the social responsibility of training future professionals in values, whatever their profile. However, given the enormous economic, social and environmental challenges of today, Royal Decree 822/2021 and Organic Law 2/2023 of the University System (LOSU) have established the obligation to include democratic principles and values and the Objectives of Sustainable Development (SDG) in all university education.
Long before the aforementioned regulations, several universities, including the URJC, have been working together on this challenge, within the CRUE-Sustainability Commission of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE).
How to train in sustainability at the university?
The concept of sustainability does not only refer to the environment, and incorporating it into the university goes far beyond introducing specific subjects for students. Something is sustainable when it does not harm the natural balance, but is also economically viable and socially equitable. For a university to be more sustainable in all its areas (training, research, management, leadership, etc.), its entire community must be involved: management team, representative bodies, workers and students.
Actions associated with Sustainability Training
- Since 2016, the URJC has offered the Course 'Sustainability: Criteria and Decision Making' (1 ECTS) within the Academic Credit Recognition module.
- To carry out the adaptation to RD 822/2021, the URJC Degrees may incorporate the basic 6 ECTS subject “Sustainability and Social Commitment” into their study plan. Those that do not incorporate it must include the contents and competencies agreed upon in other subjects. Approved in the Government Council.
- To adapt the Master's and External Practices, two transversal competencies are proposed, which must be part of the Learning Results of all Master's degrees and will be developed, at least, in the Master's Thesis. Approved in the Government Council.
- Apart from these, there are numerous experiential and collaborative learning courses and initiatives that promote sustainability and active engagement with the community, such as Service-Learning (APS) and the courses and programs development cooperation and volunteering.
The URJC annually publishes two calls to recognize the best Final Degree Projects, Master's Final Projects and Doctoral Theses:
- Related to the Sustainable Development Goals, in all its areas
- Gloria Fuertes Awards, for works with a gender and diversity perspective.
- El Teacher Training Plan The URJC offers a wide variety of courses for teachers, such as the 'Basic course for the introduction of sustainability in university teaching'.
- In the Bank of Good Teaching Practices From the Center for Teaching Innovation and Digital Education (CIED) you can find inspiring activities developed by your colleagues.
- In the Unlimited Learning Ecosystem At the URJC there are countless resources related to sustainability (courses, ebooks, audiobooks, podcasts).
- El PTGAS Training Plan The URJC also offers several courses related to sustainability for technical, management and administration and services staff, such as 'Introduction of sustainability in University Management', 'Equality and inclusion in the university', 'Data management with gender perspective', etc.
Open courses (MOOC courses and other educational resources):
- Smart transportation for a sustainable future
- Smart Energy
- Digitalization and sustainability: the impact of ICT on the environment
- Climate Warriors Educational resources on sustainability created by URJC students
- Global Challenge training actions.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Application report of Royal Decree 822/2021. CRUE-Sustainability Working Group
- URJC Curriculum Sustainability Working Group
- Proposals for the introduction of sustainability in Teaching at the URJC' XVI CENEAM research seminars
- Basic Guide to Good Practices to introduce sustainability in university teaching
- Guide to good sustainable practices in the laboratory.
- URJC ecological footprint survey monitoring report 2022-2023.
If you want to know more about the URJC2030 Project, University Social Responsibility and all the services and activities we carry out, visit our website and follow us on social networks.