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Dublin City University are one of ten member universities of the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO), a global network of universities dedicated to scaling sustainability solutions with like-minded partners around the world.
Three interdisciplinary teams were awarded USD $125,000 each to implement projects designed to create and scale sustainable outcomes across the globe.
Led by sustainability experts from ten GCSO member universities across seven countries, the projects work directly with implementation agents, such as cities, schools, agencies and neighborhoods, to put research-backed solutions into practice.
“GCSO is about solutions,” said founding director Jenny Carter. “Our member universities are leaders in sustainability in their respective regions. Our consortium is uniquely poised to address sustainability challenges because our members have the knowledge and resources to develop solutions.
It is by working together and scaling the solutions that we will have the greatest impact.”
Members decided to address three core sustainability challenges in GCSO’s first year—city capacity to solve sustainability problems, sustainability education, and living laboratories for sustainability transformations.
The ten participating universities are: Dublin City University (Ireland), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico), Arizona State University (USA), Portland State University (USA), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKSAR/China), Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Arizona State University (USA), University of Toronto (Canada).
Three projecst are currently underway involving the partner universities: Building Sustainability Implementation Capacity in Municipal Staff and Leadership, Educating School Teachers and Faculty for Sustainability through Continuin Professional Development and Living Campus Accelerator Toolkit.
Dublin City University are taking part in two of the three projects: Educating School Teachers and Faculty for Sustainability through Continuing Professional Development and Living Campus Accelerator Toolkit.
At present as part of the Living Campus Accelerator Toolkit, DCU is undertaking a project investigating the possibility of the removal of hot water from public sanitary facilities. Hot Water is not required for the hygienic cleaning of hands – soap and water being the basic requirements recommended by several relevant agencies including the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control.