Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) became the first Russian university to develop sustainability strategy. The strategy sets key goals, objectives, performance indicators, and also defines the structure of sustainability management, monitoring and reporting.
Project started with the establishment of the special working group of students, alumni and representatives of the Department of complex problems of Nature and Ecology of the Faculty of Applied Economics and Commerce. Russian Carbon Fund was the supervisory and consultancy partner of the project.
Working group members had analyzed sustainability strategies of the leading international universities and worked out the comprehensive picture of various aspects of sustainable development .
Their study mainly focused on the best practices of greenhouse gas emissions management, water stewardship, waste management, energy efficiency, transport and educational programs.
The final document states that the university adheres to basic principles of sustainable development in all of its activities with the aim to prepare future leaders, reduce environmental impact, ensure the rights of staff and students, develop knowledge as well as to make valuable contribution to the solution of global sustainability issues both locally and internationally.
Development of sustainability strategy has allowed students and staff to discover best international practices, identify goals and set roadmap to sustainable development. The strategy is now waiting for its approval by university administration.