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NEW REPORT SPOTLIGHTS AAU CONTRIBUTIONS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

For the first time, AAU has published a report illustrating the university’s role in advancing the sustainable development of the world around us. The report highlights and documents the numerous sustainable development efforts across all of AAU and all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

By Hiva Ahmadi AAU Communication. Translated by LeeAnn Iovanni, AAU Communication

The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals have set the tone for creating a world in better balance, and researchers from all over AAU are working every day to fill the knowledge gaps and make the ambitions a reality. AAU’s new sustainability report highlights numerous AAU initiatives on creating solutions to the planet's challenges within all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

According to Rector Per Michael Johansen, recent years have made it clear that universities are critical to the development of society. Just over a year ago, the Danish Parliament agreed on an ambitious climate goal that can only be achieved by involving the resources that university researchers have to offer. And when the coronavirus pandemic hit, researchers at AAU immediately embarked on innovative projects to mitigate the disaster. 

- I am proud that our staff members, across disciplines, have risen to the occasion, making significant efforts to help society through this crisis. These efforts demonstrate that universities can and do play a key role in moving society forward on a sustainable path, says Rector Per Michael Johansen.

IN THE UNIVERSITY'S DNA TO SOLVE THE MAJOR CHALLENGES

The sustainability report gives visibility to AAU efforts to support the balanced and sustainable development of the planet. For each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the report highlights impressive projects and initiatives in research, cooperation, education and operations that make a difference to the particular development goal. It is thus not an exhaustive list of projects with a sustainability perspective.

In addition to the new report, you can find plenty of examples of AAU's sustainability initiatives on the sustainability website that is regularly updated with news on new sustainable initiatives and projects.

Learn more about sustainability at AAU and download the full report here