10 Year Challenge
We aim to mainstream sustainability into all aspects of the university. This involves rethinking the curriculum, campus operations, as well as the organizational culture. In this way, the institution itself will function as a role model.
We want to inspire people to change their habits to strengthen a behavioral change. The change starts with our people: staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the corporate world. We all want to make an impact on society and on our world.
2020 CHALLENGERESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION2020 GOALS2020 Environmental Achievements2020 Other Sustainability Achievements
IE University’s objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030.
To reach our 2020 challenge, IE University focused on:
WATER. Reduce the use of plastic, single-use water bottles to promote responsible consumption. This affected the entire organization: staff, faculty and students. Drinking fountains were installed and actions were taken to promote the use of reusable containers.
PAPER. Reduce paper consumption. Among other related projects, IE University has been working for a decade to reduce paper consumption with projects such as WWF’s ‘100 Companies for the Forests’, where, every year, students replant trees in the Doñana National Park.
ENERGY. Reduce energy consumption on campus via lighting, air conditioning, etc. By 2030, our objective is to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint by becoming a zero-emission institution. In 2020, we focused on increasing our purchased renewable energy as part of our commitment to climate action with a goal for the implementation of ISO 50001 by the end of 2021.
PLASTICS AND SINGLE-USE PACKAGING. Build awareness to increase the use of recycled plastic or compostable PLA (derived from corn) on campus.
WASTE MANAGEMENT. We build awareness with campaigns about recycling in the institution. Implement ISO 14001.
TRANSPORT. Implement new formulas for sustainable movement of staff, teachers and students between campus buildings: car-pooling, electric shuttles and bicycle racks.
2021 ChallengeBUILDING RESILIENCE in 2020HOW WE BUILD COMMUNITYOUR GOALS FOR 2021
THINGS DO NOT JUST HAPPEN, THEY ARE MEANT TO HAPPEN
At IE University our community has dedicated more than 53.280 hours to social impact activities during 2020. Our plan is to increase both the number of activities and the number of active participants.
HOW WE BUILD COMMUNITY AT IE UNIVERSITY
Resilience can be learned and cultivated by exposing ourselves to unusual situations. We applaud those hours and the following initiatives by our IE University community which goes to show that sustainability has the great power of fostering true change and development of people everywhere:
- Impact Projects
- Financieros sin Fronteras
- Legal Clinic
- Global Legaltech Venture Days
- LawAhead Hub
- Legaltech Innovation Farm
- Social Impact Lab
- Hay Festival
- IE Woman
- Fundación Puentes Global
- Center for Social Innovation and Sustainability
OUR GOALS FOR 2021
People & community:
- Increase the number of people involved in community-building and social impact activities
- Create new associations with common social or environmental purposes
- Develop local improvement projects
- Generate awareness through seminars and workshops.
- Publish research papers
- Cultivate corporate philanthropy as a key priority in our students.
- Facilitate the digitalization and economic reactivation of local ecosystem.