Switzerland is affected by species extinction particularly hard: almost half of the country's habitats and more than a third of its species are threatened (SCNAT 2019). In particular, the loss of land through settlement development is continuously increasing the pressure on ecosystems. The experimental teaching project Campus4Biodiversity aims to sensitize future actors in the construction industry to the problem and to provide them with knowledge, tools and networks so that they can work to increase biodiversity in urban spaces. The students acquire specialist knowledge on the topic of biodiversity during the lessons and develop solutions for selected urban or industrial spaces in interdisciplinary teams using project-based learning. The teaching approach is to be implemented at universities of applied sciences and universities with specializations in the construction sector.


Curriculum Change @ Business Education

The integration of sustainability knowledge and sustainability competencies in business courses in Switzerland is yet to be strengthened. Indeed, time has come to properly equip students to face our societal and economical sustainability-related challenges - both current and upcoming. To this end, the initiative of the University of St. Gallen, the University of Lausanne, the Bern University of Applied Sciences and WWF Switzerland aims to develop a network of committed economic and management experts, an open-access platform with learning material, best practices and other diverse tools, as well as continuing education workshops for lecturers.

Call for Solution Initiatives 2021

The Call for Solution Initiatives 2021 starts into the new round. To promote systemic approaches to achieving all SDGs, SDSN Switzerland members and their partners are invited to submit proposals for projects and activities. Proposals will contribute to accelerating the implementation of the SDGs in Switzerland and beyond and should therefore address a well- defined problem, be scalable, foster collaboration and strengthen the science-policy interface through the SDSN network. Up to 3 new initiatives will be selected, whereat one is in the food system.

To participate download one of the following documents: DE, FR, EN

Intrapreneurship Academy 

The Intrapreneurship Academy harnesses untapped potential, cultivates resilience and fosters creativity in a changing world. A hands-on process for becoming agile and resourceful when navigating complexity, this professional development programme aims to equip leaders to create tomorrow's economy. As a result of their participation, they will have leveraged disruption as a driver of purposeful innovation; prepared their organisation for the future with improved team dynamics and autonomy; created real solutions; increased their self-awareness and resilience; and developed meaningful connections and cross-sector collaboration within a network of leading organisations. 

Pilot projects for transforming Management & Economics degree programs towards Sustainable Development

Every 8th Swiss student chooses a business or economics  programme and later often takes on influential management positions in companies, NGO's or the public sector. However, Sustainability oriented values and methods are still poorly integrated in many management and economics degree programs. Integration is central, since the decisions of managers have a major impact on the natural foundations of life. The initiative of WWF Switzerland, the University of St. Gallen and other partners promotes within pilot projects relevant competencies such as transdisciplinary, critical and integrative thinking and acting. In addition, a network of economic university actors is being developed to share experiences and support didactic skills of lecturers.

Sustainability Week for Business 

We support and accompany businesses in organising an individual Sustainability Week that is tailored to the needs of the company and its employees. Our aim is to engage and enable employees to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into the culture of their company. We specifically promote ownership and employee engagement, which not only strengthens a sustainable corporate culture but also creates a future-oriented working environment. In this way, companies actively contribute to solving ecological, social and economic challenges and support sustainable innovations for a prosperous and resilient economy in Switzerland. We are a young and dynamic team with several years long experience of organising Sustainability Weeks across Switzerland in all language areas. 

Libraries are competence centers for knowledge dissemination around topics related to the Agenda 2030 and are thus key institutions for achieving the SDGs. With Biblio 2030, BIS (Bibliothek Information Schweiz) aims to ensure that information on the SDGs and the skills to use this information are available in libraries to everyone. Participating libraries provide the latest literature about the SDGs, organize events on topics related to the Agenda 2030, and forward information and material from Federal, Cantonal and Local authorities.

How can we work together as key actors of the Arc Lémanique to implement Circular Economy in the region? In Switzerland, the economic system has not yet achieved circularity. Moving beyond waste therefore requires a substantial transformation of our consumption habits and production methods. The Circular Resources Lab is a 4-month collective innovation process in the Lausanne area, following the social laboratory methodology. The expected output is a portfolio of 4 to 5 viable solutions that enable circular resources flows.

The thematic issue of GAiA on the SDGs - set to be published in June 2019 - aims at highlighting important insights from research initiatives that foster transformational knowledge - a critically important element if we are to bring about the necessary shifts in economy and society. With this issue, we hope to promote mutual learning and stimulate the discourse in view of renewing science and research for sustainable development. The guest editors of this edition are Ocèane Dayer and Urs Wiesmann, Co- Chairs of SDSN Switzerland.

Universities and the academic sector with their broad remit around the creation and dissemination of knowledge and their unique position in society, play a critical role in the achievement of the SDGs. Education, research, innovation and leadership are essential in helping society to transform into pathways of sustainable development. This is why we encourage universities and knowledge institutions to implement sustainability in their core operations. This guide aims to help universities, higher education institutions, and the academic sector to accelerate their contributions to the SDGs.

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