Sustainability Initiative on Wenzhou-Kean University Campus
2023. 02. 10: Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Landing PAD & Green Campus Initiative (Kean University, Wenzhou)
The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 interconnected global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all. The SDGs were adopted in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action for people, the planet, and prosperity.
- No Poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good Health and Well-being
- Quality Education
- Gender Equality
- Clean Water and Sanitation
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- Reduced Inequalities
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Responsible Consumption and Production
- Climate Action
- Life Below Water
- Life on Land
- Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Partnerships for the Goals
The SDGs are intended to be a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all, and their implementation is meant to be a shared responsibility of all actors, including governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals.
What can Colleges and universities do for SDG?
Colleges and universities can play a significant role in advancing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their teaching, research, and engagement activities. Here are some actions that colleges and universities can take to support the SDGs:
- Integrate the SDGs into the curriculum:
- Incorporate the SDGs into coursework, research projects, and other academic activities to raise awareness and increase knowledge about sustainable development.
- Promote sustainability on campus: Encourage sustainable practices on campus, such as reducing waste, conserving energy and water, and promoting sustainable transportation options.
- Support research and innovation: Support research and innovation that addresses the challenges of sustainable development, such as developing clean technologies, improving food security, and reducing the impacts of climate change.
- Engage with the local community: Partner with local organizations, businesses, and government agencies to address sustainable development challenges and create positive impacts in the community.
- Foster a culture of sustainability: Create a culture of sustainability on campus by encouraging students, staff, and faculty to adopt sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives.
- Collaborate with other institutions: Collaborate with other colleges and universities, as well as international organizations, to share knowledge, best practices, and innovative solutions to advance the SDGs.
By taking these actions, colleges and universities can play a key role in advancing the SDGs and help to create a more sustainable future for all.
Wenzhou SDG Landing PAD
2023.02.12: WKU SDG PAD Launch Meeting (3PM @ GEH A212)
"Innovation Center" at WKU for Green Technology Innovation to Serve SDG
2023.02.13: Director Martin Hoxer from Innovation Center Denmark to talk about establishment of the SDG Landing Pad Lab in WKU (10AM @ GEH B202)
Green Campus Initiative Here: (2022. 10. 26) ~
Dr. Jerry Choi's Suggestions:
WKU CBPM Management, Global Business, and Marketing (MGM) has proactively engaged in creating new knowledge for Sustainability for many years.
2023. Sept. 23. Symposium on Sustainability in Higher Educadtion @ Kean University (Wenzhou)
"Ideas and Actions from College of Business"
This is Dr. Jerry Choi at College of Business.
I would like to start with a fantastic news.
As many of you know, On July 29th, Kean University's CBPM joined the elite AACSB group, a big name in global business education. This is a big win for us, showing the strong leadership and teamwork across our global community. Now, CBPM, known for its popular courses in management, marketing, and global business, and more, is part of a select group that makes up less than 6% of schools worldwide with this top-notch recognition. It's a huge step in offering the very best world-class education to our students.
[A big thank you to Dr. Tobin Porterfield for all his hard work in making this happen. Let's give him a huge round of applause!] --
In the opening day remarks on Aug. 31, President Ramont Repollet announced a new mission and core values. Aligning with the newly proposed mission and values, CBPM leadership would like to synergize them with our AACSB quality. Then, we are currently proposing one more strategic dimension – That is Societal Impact.
Kean University and the AACSB are synergizing to spotlight the societal impact through initiatives like community engagement, sustainability, and fostering quality education for everyone, including those who are underserved.
We're proud to announce that our College of Business at the Wenzhou campus is actively aligning with this strategic direction. Our management faculty and business students have been enthusiastically embracing this new focus.
Today, we're eager to share our progress with you and we welcome your valuable input and support to help us reach even higher standards.
First, we want to spotlight a pioneering project led by our College of Business students, aimed at bolstering the circular economy and fostering a sustainable society.
The "Trash-X” project was an innovation conceived and developed right here at WKU CBPM.
Secibdm The O-K Center (a local Wenzhou campany) and our CBPM team are joining forces to revitalize neighborhoods near our Wenzhou campus that need a bit of a boost.
And the best part?
The local Government of Ouhai and Li’ao are fully behind us!
We're eager to get started on this project and make a positive impact in our community.
We highlight CBPM's ongoing commitment to fostering sustainability through our innovative educational approach. Our MGS*4999 Capstone courses, along with other project-based learning modules, serve as platforms where students can bring forward fresh ideas and take tangible actions towards promoting sustainability. Here are samples of “Wang.Zai Village Development Project”.
In line with Kean's new direction and the AACSB's focus on making a positive impact on society, we at the Wenzhou campus's College of Business have kicked off some important projects.
But this is just the beginning.
We're really looking forward to working together with more people and groups to do even more good.
2023. 09. 21: Symposium Fliers
2023. Sept. 23. Summary of Ideas from the Symposium
Sustainability Initiatives at Kean University:
A Brief Introduction Introduction: Wenzhou-Kean University and Kean University USA, in collaboration with key contributors, proposes four transformative sustainability initiatives. These include the establishment of an International Academy of Sustainability for scholarly contributions, the introduction of interdisciplinary sustainability curriculums using "Design Thinking" principles, the creation of a comprehensive Sustainability Data Center to offer real-time insights, and a continued commitment to community engagement projects aimed at revitalizing local communities. Through these endeavors, WKU and KUSA aims to strengthen sustainability awareness, foster collaborative efforts, and make lasting societal impacts.
Proposal for Academic Initiatives on Sustainability
Idea 1: Institutionalizing an International Academy of Sustainability Originator: Bill Wang from CBPM.
Credentials: Editor of two sustainability-related journals.
Proposal: Establishment of the "Academy of Sustainability" dedicated to academic journal publication. Organization of an international conference by WKU and Kean USA on both Wenzhou and New Jersey campuses.
Impact: Elevates Kean University's stature as a leading research institution in sustainability.
Idea 2: Institutionalizing Interdisciplinary Curriculums for Sustainability Contributors: Rob, Candy, Jerry, Jungbin, and David.
Overview: Introduction of curriculums transcending disciplinary boundaries to enhance sustainability awareness. Emphasis on "Design Thinking" principles for curriculum development. Integration of practical business experiences through field trips, invited talks, and project-based learning.
Phase 1: Launch graduate curricula like "Design Thinking for Community Problem" targeting MBA, Ed.D, and Science Graduate students at both WKU and Kean USA campuses.
Phase 2: Post successful graduate curriculum implementation, development of interdisciplinary undergraduate programs.
Extracurricular Activities: Symposiums, Urban Thinking Seminars, Micro-courses, and sustainable activities such as Community Farming, Plogging, and Construction Material Library.
Idea 3: Data-Center for Sustainability
Vision: A "Sustainability Dashboard" on the new website to display pertinent data at campus, local, city, and state levels.
Strategy: Initial collaboration with the Logistics department to access campus data.
Expansion of the existing Business Data Analytics Lab within CBPM to create an interdisciplinary Sustainability Data Center with the involvement of faculty, staff, and students.
Idea 4: Continuing Community Engagement Project
Objective: Sustained development projects for Zi.Shang village, Wang.Zai village, and Mi-Fang street, focusing on revitalizing these communities.
Approach: Incorporate multi-disciplinary efforts to organize projects in more sustainable ways.
The aforementioned initiatives aim to harness the collective efforts of faculty, staff, and students, fostering enhanced sustainability awareness, ideation, actions, and generating significant societal impacts.
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2023. Sept. 25. Proposal for Institionalization of the Sustainability Initiative on WKU Campus
Wenzhou-Kean University is spearheading strategically structured sustainability initiatives aimed at fostering a culture of sustainability and realizing impactful societal benefits. These initiatives are characterized by clear objectives, well-defined structures, and precise performance metrics, ensuring effective implementation and measurable outcomes.
- International Academy of Sustainability: Establishing a platform for academic publications and international discussions to enhance the university's sustainability stature.
- Interdisciplinary Sustainability Curriculums: Integrating "Design Thinking" principles to blend theoretical knowledge with practical experiences, primarily for graduate students.
- Sustainability Data Center: Developing a comprehensive center to provide real-time sustainability insights and expand analytical capabilities.
- Community Engagement: Sustaining development projects focused on revitalizing local communities through multidisciplinary efforts.
- Structured Governance: Ensuring meticulous organization and clear governance structures for effective implementation and measurable impacts.
2023. Sept. 25. Proposal for Institionalization of the Sustainability Initiative on WKU Campus
2023. Sept. 23. Smmary of Ideas from the Symposium
2023. Sept. 23. Symposium on Sustainability in Higher Educadtion @ Kean University (Wenzhou) : "Ideas and Actions from College of Business"
2023.02.10: Initially Archive