Since the Bruntland report came out in 1979, sustainable development has been defined as “development that meets the needs of present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Following the adoption of the law on national action for the environment, article 110 .1.III of the Environment Code, includes the following definition:
The objective of sustainable development, as given in II, covers five priorities:
- The fight against climate change
- The preservation of biodiversity, natural habitats and resources
- Social cohesion between territories and generations
- The well-being of all humankind
- Development momentum powered by sustainable production and consumption
The notion of SD is no longer a source of recommendation, but a legal obligation (Environment Charter, Grenelle law, Green Plan…), encompassing economic, social and environmental aspects. The adaptation of the University to new “sustainable” legal standards, means an SD & SR strategy must be built.
The University has defined three strategic priorities in its SD & SR policy:
- Control of energy policy
- Reduction of ecological footprint
- Promotion of a sustainable, community-oriented University
Finally, SD & SR are also a source of innovation, encompassing technological evolution and new social and economic practices, based for the most part on information technology and communication.
Consult: Sustainable development and societal responsabilty policy.pdf
The PVU Sustainable Development and Societal Responsibility policy was unanimously adopted by the Board, on September 25, 2018.