About us

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Philippe Vollichard, EPFL Sustainability Manager, Strategic Projects

Forestry engineer (ETHZ), since 24 years at EPFL, including the last 12 years at the head of EPFL sustainability, with projects such as the creation of Switzerland’s first self-service bicycle network (2009), the co-creation (with ETHZ) of ISCN, International Sustainable Campus Network (2009), the construction of Switzerland’s largest urban solar park on the EPFL roofs (2015), the first tests of autonomous shuttles in Switzerland (2014 and 2015), the construction of the Bike Center (2016) and many other concrete sustainability projects in the sectors of energy, commuting and professional mobility, food, biodiversity, waste and community participation. The gradual creation of a team of 5 people has made possible to set up this sustainable culture, which takes the form of a living laboratory for sustainability.

Silvia Hostettler, International Sustainability and Education

With a background in environmental science (University of Aberdeen) and international development (EPFL) Silvia has 20 years of experience in researching global sustainable development challenges. She conducted research in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mexico, Chile and Honduras and was based in Bangalore for four years as Executive Director of swissnex India. From 2012 to 2019 she was Deputy Director of the EPFL Cooperation and Development Center in charge of education activities in the field of sustainable development and directing the International Conference on Technologies for Development. She has published four (co-) edited books and a number of (co-) authored articles and book chapters. At EPFL Sustainability, Silvia will focus on integrating sustainable development into education programs at EPFL and take on the position of Executive Director of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) as of 1st of October 2019 in collaboration with Victoria Smith from UBC in Vancouver. On a personal note, Silvia is passionate about sustainable development, yoga and hiking in the wilderness.

Fiona Fossati, Administrative Assistant

Gianluca Paglia, Project Manager Act for Change LAB and reporting

An EPFL environmental science engineer, he participated in the launch of the EPFL Solar Decathlon project and created the SOLAR association. After some experience in environmental consulting firms, he launched the Act for Change LAB project in 2018, a platform for sustainable projects for students on campus.

Aurore Nembrini, head of sustainable development projects

Environmental engineer (EPFL,1997), holder of an MBA with a specialization in social responsibility of organizations from Laval University (2009). She joined the Sustainable Campus unit in 2011 after 12 years of experience in environmental management and sustainable development in Switzerland and Canada. Responsible for the university’s environmental management system, founder of the ACT FOR CHANGE program in 2015, a sustainability challenge for the community, which is in its 5th edition, and the introduction of washable tableware at EPFL in 2017 among other projects.

Luca Fontana, EPFL sustainable mobility manager

A graduate of the University of Lausanne in Geosciences and Environment, with a specialization in sustainable urban planning, he took over the major mobility issues in March 2016, including the annual survey on commuting mobility. It focuses on the deployment of the Mobility Plan, in particular through the parking policy and incentives for public transport and soft mobility. It is currently developing the BusinessMobility Plan aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of EPFL professional flights.

Annual report

Have a look on our highlights reading our annual report 2018.


Since 2002, the campus in Ecublens is certified by the Fondation Nature&Economie for the quality of its exteriror design and the promotion of biodiversity.

ISCN Excellence in Construction Award

In 2009, EPFL received the ISCN Excellence in Construction Award. This award honours the exemplarity of the avant-garde sustainable development measures taken on EPFL campus. The ISCN Jury rewarded the relevance and persistence of the ecological and social choices, which can inspire future university campuses.

Prix vélo pour entreprises cyclophiles 2009

In 2009, EPFL a Prix Vélo pour entreprises cyclophiles, as a reward for the overall measures in favor of cycling on the campus.



The Imprim’Vert label certifies the actions taken by EPFLPrint Center (Repro) to reduce the environmental impacts of their activities.


The EPFL Print Center is climate-neutral and myclimate certified (Tracking-N° 01-19-449600). We would like to thank them for their increasing efforts for sustainability.


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