Dr. Zhou Jinfeng Meets with Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre, Consensus on Sustainable Development of Campuses
2018/7/3 16:14:00 本站

Recently, the Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre, former director of UNEP, Rajendra Shende, and the founder of Operation Earth, Yan Liangzhong and his party visited CBCGDF and its Secretary-General Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, discussed how to promote the sustainable development of college/university campuses, and reached consensus on the related work such as SmartCampusCloudNetwork.


Dr. Zhou and Mr. Shende are both long term experts in promoting sustainable development in education. Dr. Zhou believes that universities and colleges should become educational bases for biodiversity conservation. From the perspective of population size and floor area, taking China as an example, there are a total of 26.659 million university/college students in the country. There are about 2,600 ordinary universities and colleges in China’s vast land. If these universities can pay attention to the issue of campus as a student’s biodiversity conservation and education base, and invest time, they can effectively promote the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to biodiversity conservation.


Furthermore, the campus itself is an educational environment. Young people must spend a few years studying and living on campus. This period of time is the trickiest life in a person’s life. A beautiful campus will bring people a lifetime of education. The campus is an irreplaceable and important place to cultivate people and nature to develop harmoniously and cultivate a green lifestyle.


Mr. Shende strongly agreed with this and was deeply impressed by Dr. Zhou. He has been advocating “Sustainable Campus Development” in India for four years. He introduced how the SmartCampusCloudNetwork (SCCN) platform connects campuses in different regions, enabling the younger generation to turn sustainability into the primary place for education, developing blueprints, roadmaps, research methods and developing models for implementation. At the same time, SCCN also provides a strong opportunity to practice and exercise to promote the sustainable development of the Earth’s home ecosystem. Colleges and universities are the best choices for achieving 17 comprehensive sustainable development goals and 169 development targets. Campus is an incubation of young talents, cultivating motivated ideas, is conducive to brewing change actions and cultivating priority development goals.


SCCN is a global online platform that connects campuses of educational institutions, colleges, and universities to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Mr. Yan Liangzhong, the founder of Operation Earth, combined with his own experience in the World Bank, combined with a wealth of education and scientific research, talked about how to promote sustainable development outside campuses.


Mr. Shende introduced the mode of operation of SCCN. It mainly helps teachers and students to carry out practical environmental protection activities on campuses, such as through energy efficiency, water conservation, waste disposal, renewable energy, smart grid, air pollution control, green buildings, zero-emission transportation and landscapes to promote sustainable development. It also aims to promote the use of natural resources on campuses to build a sustainable lifestyle. At the same time, teachers and students’ every activity carried out are related with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This also means that the relevant UN development goals will be implemented within the campuses. This SCCN adopts new technology and builds smart ecological campuses.


Currently, SCCN adopts new technologies such as IOT, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, machine learning and cloud network to monitor, compare and improve the environmental sustainability index of campus including water, electricity and natural gas in real time. In addition, it connects campus and community at home and abroad through data and shares the sustainability index and parameters of its sustainable activities on the cloud. TERRE has also developed a special APP, the Campustime community forum, where students and faculty can exchange ideas and share knowledge and innovation. There are currently 30 university and college campuses around the world that have joined SCCN.


So, what advantages does this participation have for colleges and universities?


-Sharing online and real-time of relevant data will create positive competition between campuses, thereby promoting innovative energy efficient technologies on campus.


-It can help campus teachers and students to master modern IT technology, prepare for employment and career development, and lead the development of smart cities, smart villages and smart countries.


-The campus ecological sustainability activities are consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will help enhance the international image of campuses.


-High-energy and high-efficiency sustainable development activities can save campuses’ funds and energy in addition to protecting the environment.


-Intelligent ecological campus construction is imperative. The construction of China’s intelligent ecological campuses is conducive to the campuses’ ecological protection to the world.


The parties also discussed the relationship between green development, intelligent development and sustainable development. They agreed that new technology should be used to lead and encourage the development of school campuses to achieve sustainability. For example, it can establish its own indicator system from high-efficiency energy, renewable energy, water resources protection, greenhouse gas emission reduction, local community participation, microgrid, kitchen waste treatment, sewage treatment, etc., to rank universities around the world.


At the end of the meeting, CBCGDF issued an advisor employment certificate to Mr. Shende for future guidance on climate change and green development. Mr. Shende highly praised and affirmed the work of CBCGDF and made his own suggestions. He believes that CBCGDF and SCCN will work together to fight against plastic pollution, protect endangered species such as great bustard, and raise public awareness.


Shortly after the meeting, Dr. Zhou received an invitation from Mr. Shende, to formally become an advisor at SCCN (http://sccnhub.com/Advisors).


Important related introductions:


Rajendra Madhavrao Shende is an alumnus of Indian Institute Technology (IIT) and former Director in United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is currently serving as the Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre which is a not-for-profit organization engaged in the evidence-based policy development and project based advocacy on the sustainable development.


He is a Senior Expert of UNEP/TEAP, an advisor of IIM Rohtak Bizdome and MediaIndia Group. He served as Review Editor for the IPCC Special report on Technology Transfer in 2000 and was a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC/TEAP special report on Safeguarding the Ozone layer and Global Climate System in 2005. The work of the IPCC, including the contributions of many scientists, was recognized by the joint award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


TERRE Policy Centre is one of the founders of SmartCampusCloudNetwork (SCCN). TERRE serves as policy think-tank and action-platform to develop replicable and scalable models for sustainable development. Food and energy security are the focused area of work. SCCN is a global network of the education campuses of schools, colleges, institutes and universities committed to make a tangible contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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From left to right: Dr. Zhou, Mr. Shende, Mr. Yan (Photo: CBCGDF)

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Rajendra Shende (Photo: internet)

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Mr. Shende was invited as CBCGDF's advisor (Photo: CBCGDF)