EUSTEPs is a project carried out, under the leadership of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, by the strategic partnership between four European universities and non-governmental organisation Global Footprint Network, the official home of the Ecological Footprint methodology and applications.

EUSTEPs is a project carried out, under the leadership of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, by the strategic partnership between four European universities and non-governmental organisation Global Footprint Network, the official home of the Ecological Footprint methodology and applications.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is a Legal Body of Public Law, and it is the largest university in Greece. Its strategic objectives, in the framework of its vision and mission, remain high and consistently oriented to the continuation of its tradition, namely, to be a pioneer institution, standing out among Greek and many foreign Universities on all levels: education, research, culture, connection with society.

“The role of education in addressing the challenges of climate change is increasingly recognized. For this reason, Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development requires enhancement of learners understanding of the causes and the consequences of climate change. In order to accomplish this, Aristotle University not only has, but also, provides to its students the spirit of eco-education and tries to reinforce the significance of sustainability teaching.”

Nikolaos G. Papaioannou, Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is a Legal Body of Public Law, and it is the largest university in Greece. Its strategic objectives, in the framework of its vision and mission, remain high and consistently oriented to the continuation of its tradition, namely, to be a pioneer institution, standing out among Greek and many foreign Universities on all levels: education, research, culture, connection with society.

“The role of education in addressing the challenges of climate change is increasingly recognized. For this reason, Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development requires enhancement of learners understanding of the causes and the consequences of climate change. In order to accomplish this, Aristotle University not only has, but also, provides to its students the spirit of eco-education and tries to reinforce the significance of sustainability teaching.”

Nikolaos G. Papaioannou, Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

University of Aveiro, Portugal

The University of Aveiro (UA) is a public foundation under private law whose mission is to contribute to and develop graduate and postgraduate education and training, research and cooperation with society. Its mission is to create, share and apply knowledge, involving the whole community through teaching, research and cooperation with the surrounding environment, in order to make a clear difference for individuals and society.

“Sustainability practices at the University of Aveiro encompass a wide range of interventions, from education to maintenance and mobility strategies. The teaching of sustainability is centered in the Department of Environment and Planning but is also present in various curricular units in university courses and departments. The University of Aveiro actually binds education and research with sustainability goals in order to attain innovative strategies that may be implemented in its campuses.”

Prof. Ana VelosaPro Rector of the UA for Sustainability on campus together with the monitoring of planning, construction and maintenance of buildings and other infrastructures

University of Aveiro, Portugal

The University of Aveiro (UA) is a public foundation under private law whose mission is to contribute to and develop graduate and postgraduate education and training, research and cooperation with society. Its mission is to create, share and apply knowledge, involving the whole community through teaching, research and cooperation with the surrounding environment, in order to make a clear difference for individuals and society.

“Sustainability practices at the University of Aveiro encompass a wide range of interventions, from education to maintenance and mobility strategies. The teaching of sustainability is centered in the Department of Environment and Planning but is also present in various curricular units in university courses and departments. The University of Aveiro actually binds education and research with sustainability goals in order to attain innovative strategies that may be implemented in its campuses.”

Prof. Ana VelosaPro Rector of the UA for Sustainability on campus together with the monitoring of planning, construction and maintenance of buildings and other infrastructures

Universidade Aberta, Portugal

Established in 1988, Universidade Aberta (UAb) is the single public distance education university in Portugal. Due to its purpose, UAb uses comprehensively, in its teaching activities, the most advanced technologies and methods of Distance Learning, without geographical borders or physical barriers, and giving special emphasis to the expansion of the Portuguese language and culture within the Lusophony space (migrant communities and Portuguese speaking countries).

“UAb has been providing sustainability education from undergraduate to master and Ph.D. levels, aiming to actively promote education for sustainable development, along with an increase in transdisciplinary across subjects and also through non formal courses about Climate Change, Education for Sustainability and Environment awareness. Furthermore, UAb is an institutional member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and a signatory member of the Letter of Commitment for Sustainable Campus in Portugal. UAb has no formal Sustainability Office and addresses sustainability issues within the Quality Office.”

Universidade Aberta, Portugal

Established in 1988, Universidade Aberta (UAb) is the single public distance education university in Portugal. Due to its purpose, UAb uses comprehensively, in its teaching activities, the most advanced technologies and methods of Distance Learning, without geographical borders or physical barriers, and giving special emphasis to the expansion of the Portuguese language and culture within the Lusophony space (migrant communities and Portuguese speaking countries).

“UAb has been providing sustainability education from undergraduate to master and Ph.D. levels, aiming to actively promote education for sustainable development, along with an increase in transdisciplinary across subjects and also through non formal courses about Climate Change, Education for Sustainability and Environment awareness. Furthermore, UAb is an institutional member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and a signatory member of the Letter of Commitment for Sustainable Campus in Portugal. UAb has no formal Sustainability Office and addresses sustainability issues within the Quality Office.”

University of Siena, Italy

Founded in 1240 in Siena, Tuscany, the University of Siena is one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Europe. It is best known today for its Schools of Economics and Management, Law, and Medicine. A signatory of the Commitment on Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions promoted within the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, it hosts the Mediterranean regional hub of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (UN SDSN) and is a member of the Italian Network of Universities promoting Sustainable Development (RUS).

Ecodynamics Group

“Universities are ideal places for promoting the understanding of how rapid climate change will shape the future of our planet in the next few decades. The role of universities goes beyond research, and it embraces continuous education, public engagement and the development of best practices. The University of Siena, located in a carbon-neutral area, aims at reaching these goals by building a learning environment in which its students use the Ecological Footprint as a guide to develop solutions in a sustainable way.”

Prof. Francesco Frati, Rector of the University of Siena

University of Siena, Italy

Founded in 1240 in Siena, Tuscany, the University of Siena is one of the oldest and first publicly funded universities in Europe. It is best known today for its Schools of Economics and Management, Law, and Medicine. A signatory of the Commitment on Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions promoted within the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, it hosts the Mediterranean regional hub of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (UN SDSN) and is a member of the Italian Network of Universities promoting Sustainable Development (RUS).

Ecodynamics Group

“Universities are ideal places for promoting the understanding of how rapid climate change will shape the future of our planet in the next few decades. The role of universities goes beyond research, and it embraces continuous education, public engagement and the development of best practices. The University of Siena, located in a carbon-neutral area, aims at reaching these goals by building a learning environment in which its students use the Ecological Footprint as a guide to develop solutions in a sustainable way.”

Prof. Francesco Frati, Rector of the University of Siena

Global Footprint Network

Global Footprint Network is a non-profit that is changing how the world manages its natural resources thanks to its unique Ecological Fooptrint accounting methodology. We offer metrics that are simple, meaningful, and scalable; actionable insights about natural resource consumption and capacity; tools and analysis to guide informed decisions.

EUSTEPs: Enhancing Universities’ Sustainability Teaching and Practices through Ecological Footprint, KA 203, Strategic Partnership in Higher Education 2019-2022, Agreement No. 2019-1-EL01-KA203-062941

“The EUSTEPs project speaks directly to an audience of educators that has long been interested in the Ecological Footprint and its application, thus reinforcing our engagement with the education sector. It also speaks to the youth – currently the most active segment of civil society – as our organisation strives to accelerate the transition by design to a one-planet compatible society.”

Alessandro GalliDirector Mediterranean-MENA program

Global Footprint Network

Global Footprint Network is a non-profit that is changing how the world manages its natural resources thanks to its unique Ecological Fooptrint accounting methodology. We offer metrics that are simple, meaningful, and scalable; actionable insights about natural resource consumption and capacity; tools and analysis to guide informed decisions.

EUSTEPs: Enhancing Universities’ Sustainability Teaching and Practices through Ecological Footprint, KA 203, Strategic Partnership in Higher Education 2019-2022, Agreement No. 2019-1-EL01-KA203-062941

“The EUSTEPs project speaks directly to an audience of educators that has long been interested in the Ecological Footprint and its application, thus reinforcing our engagement with the education sector. It also speaks to the youth – currently the most active segment of civil society – as our organisation strives to accelerate the transition by design to a one-planet compatible society.”

Alessandro GalliDirector Mediterranean-MENA program