In recent years, awareness of climate and environmental issues has been heightened. EPFL, a recognized higher education institution and public entity, has a leading role to play in addressing these issues.
EPFL Sustainability collaborates closely with the EPFL Presidency, Vice-presidencies, Schools, Colleges and central services towards embedding EPFL’s strategic sustainability goals across campus operations, education and innovation, as well as in its research, outreach and international collaborations.
The Sustainability Unit is attached to the Vice Presidency for Responsible Transformation (VPT).
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EPFL takes another step towards carbon neutrality
Today EPFL inaugurated its new heating plant, which has the capacity to heat and cool the Lausanne campus solely by drawing water from Lake Geneva and recovering excess heat from a connected data center. The ceremony was attended by local political leaders including Vassilis Venizelos, who is a Vaud Canton councilor and the head of the Canton’s department of youth, the environment and security.
Cool Modular Pavilion, a convivial response to extreme heat
A mobile wooden construction has been installed for two months on the perimeter of the EPFL's Campus Piéton project. This microclimate demonstrator, developed at the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg by two institutes of the Fribourg School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), allows a didactic immersion in some solutions to fight against heat islands. With the advantage of offering a welcome space to meet outside.
Sustainability Week sees student life spring back into action
Eloïse Richard and Basile Morier are the coordinators of the UNIL-EPFL Sustainability Week, which will take place across both campuses from 7 to 12 March 2022. The initiative is backed by around 40 partner organizations as well as a team of volunteers, and features a packed schedule of events.