Building an ecologically and socially responsible campus and a sustainable code of conduct for the HEC Community.
At the very heart of HEC Paris' sustainable development strategy, the school is building an ecosystem that respects the environment and thrives for its community by mobilizing all those who wish to invest in the ecological and social transition. By strengthening its territorial roots, HEC is investing in key issues such as the reduction of carbon emissions, energy consumption, mobility, nutrition, waste management and the preservation of its natural park.
In 2019, a Sustainable Campus Committee was set up, made up of community representatives to propose concrete solutions. A collective dynamic has developed out of conviction, passion and determination to work together on a strategic action plan, develop awareness campaigns and organize events to make HEC an exemplary and sustainable place to live.
HEC Paris commitments are organized around 6 main axes
Reducing our GHG emissions and reaching positive energy in 2030
Building an ecosystem that benefits the environment and that is fulfilling for the HEC community
Strengthening HEC's links with the outside world by developing sustainable mobility
Working towards a healthy food that respects both students’ wellbeing and the environment
Optimizing our recycling policy and sensitizing the HEC community to a change in behavior
Preserving and protecting the biodiversity of the HEC 144 acres of natural park
The mission of the HEC Paris Sustainability Fund is to help finance projects with impact, to contribute to the development of a more sustainable campus and to help raise awareness among our community, that everyone can become an actor of change in their own environment.
The entire HEC community working or studying on campus can submit projects for this Fund, which specifically finances responsible intrapreneurship projects that have a positive impact on the campus and its community, around environmental and societal issues.
In order to be eligible for funding, projects must be:
- Projects are led by a current student, administrative staff, or academic staff and primarily impact the HEC campus community.
- Focused on one or more dimensions of sustainability (i.e. environmental, social, economic) and advance sustainability on campus.
- Either new initiatives or ones that complement, build upon or scale existing initiatives.
- Action-oriented and aimed to make tangible change happen on HEC campus(es). These typically do not include research projects.
Step by Step
Below you will see some successful projects and initiatives that led to real impact on campus. The carbon footprint assessment in 2019 enabled HEC to identify the main courses of GHG emissions linked to its activity and led to efforts such as:
- Low water consumption on campys by 30% on water in 2020
- Lower gas and electricity consumption on campus by 10% in 2020
- Change lightings with LEDS when refurbishment
- Increase the share of electric cars up to 25% in HEC's car fleet
HEC has set up the first green zone to sort waste on campus, a uniqueness in France. Moreover, HEC community is dedicated to achievements such as:
- 'Bring your own cup' campaign
- 70% Reduction of plastic bottles in one year
- 52 water fontains on campus
- Selective sorting at the restaurant
- 15800 cigarette butts collected and recycled in 8 months ( --> 7900m3 of water which could be preserved from the pollution of the butts --> to produce 5.92 kWh of energy)
Developed either by students, the ESP'R association or staff, several initiatives have been launched in the past two years:
- Potajouy: a vegetable garden implemented by the students
- Bio vegetable basket sales for staff and students
- A collective garden
- A bio and bulk store
- Vegan menu at the restaurant
Efforts made possible a 30% reduction of food waste in 2019
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