The College of La Rochelle known as sustainable improvement and social duty

The University of La Rochelle recently received the title “Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility”. This label, which supports the facility’s environmental and social commitment, reinforces the university’s strategy implemented since 2016.

The DD&RS label, created in 2015, is carried by the College for the Integration of Social Responsibility in Higher Education (CIRSES), supported by the Ministry of Ecological Transformation and Territorial Cohesion, the Ministry of Education, Higher Education, Research, French Universities, the Grandes Ecoles Conference and the Network of Students for an Ecological and United Society (RESES).

It enables companies to promote their approach to sustainable development and social responsibility, to be part of the dynamics of continuous improvement and to build skills within the group of companies involved.

The labeling process carried out by CIRSES is carried out from a national reference system, which is structured in 5 axes:

strategy and management,

- Education and training,

- research and innovation,

- environment,

- Social policy

The University of La Rochelle has designated DD&RS for 4 years

In mid-May, the Labeling Committee awarded the University of La Rochelle a “Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility” label for a period of 4 years.

It thus joins 33 designated higher education institutions in France. This distinction not only represents the lever of recognition and credibility of the trajectory that the university has issued since 2016.

Acquiring the DDRS brand makes perfect sense in relation to the strategy led by our university; it is the culmination of several years of work and at the same time a plan to further develop our efforts in all our areas of interventionExplains Jean-Marc Ogier, president of the University of La Rochelle.

The University of La Rochelle has been leading an ambitious transformation project since 2016, based in particular on:

- specialization in research on “Urban, sustainable and smart coasts”, ie the challenges of sustainable development in the coastal zone, recently renowned for the success of the establishment in the call for projects “Excellence in all forms” announced under the 4th Future Investment Program (PIA4);

- the Smart Campus project, which aims to create a sustainable and smart campus;

- introducing a new range of training tailored to students’ profiles, projects and backgrounds and preparing for the major societal changes of tomorrow, in line with the recent Jouzel report on the need for better training of citizens in the field of sustainable development;

- support for innovation and openness to territories, such as the university’s strong involvement in the La Rochelle Zero Carbon Territory project;

- internationalization through the European alliance EU-CONEXUS, which aims to be a reference on coastal issues.

Perspectives of the approach within the university?

On the one hand, the brand reinforces the actions that are already taking place within the university, such as the creation of a network of sustainable development officers within the institution, regular awareness of employees about the use of soft mobility or social support for students.

It also makes it possible to define new objectives and an action plan for the next 4 years, which will be regularly evaluated by CIRSES. Several main lines have already been outlined, including the establishment of a roadmap, the enhanced implementation of environmental criteria in the preparation of public contracts or the establishment of a real estate master plan and the reduction of energy consumption. Finally, thanks to the funds obtained under PIA4, the university focuses on developing activities aimed at supporting the dissemination and popularization of science.



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