El edificio del itdUPM, entre las prácticas seleccionadas en el informe “Educating for Sustainability”

Portada del informeLa Red Internacional de Campus Sostenibles -International Sustainable Campus Network (de la que la UPM forma parte)- acaba de publicar el informe “Educating for Sustainability. Best Practice Report” PDF), que recoge prácticas de referencia en sostenibilidad en universidades, y que se ha presentado en el Foro de Davos.

Entre las prácticas seleccionadas aparece el proceso de construcción del edificio del itdUPM (Páginas 68 a 70).

Pero nos gustaría destacar este texto de la introducción al informe, escrito por René Schwarzenbach, presidente de la red, y Guido Schmidt, director ejecutivo de la UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN):

“More than ever, holistic and cross disciplinary initiatives are needed to link academic and operational excellence into a truly sustainable learning environment and experience. Solutions oriented sustainability research will require more inter and transdisciplinary approaches.

This presents a challenge to today’s academic system, which does not tend to favor such endeavors. Scientists and academic institutions are still primarily evaluated, valued, and ranked based on simple quantitative bibliometric indicators that emphasize individual, mostly disciplinary, productivity.

We need a cultural change to reward, not punish, academics engaged in inter and transdisciplinary research, particularly young scientists. This does not infer by any means that disciplinary research should become less valued, but it requires that universities expand and broaden their evaluation and incentive system.

However, this can only be accomplished when the top universities in the world jointly agree to foster this cultural change.”