Role of universities in greening the economy

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  • The Role of Tertiary Institutions in Greening the EconomyClean Energy Week28 September 1 October 2015HICC, Harare, Zimbabwe

    byMercy Manyuchi

  • Green Economy DefinitionA Green Economy is one that results in increased human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities

  • Green Economy ImportanceAn economic vehicle for sustainable developmentHas strategies to end the persistence of povertyIt is a central theme of Rio+20A new economic paradigm that can drive growth of income and jobs, while reducing environmental risk and scarcity

  • Features of a Green Economy..1 low-carbon energy (especially renewable energy and resource of energy efficient technologiessustainable water supply systems, water and sanitation, and waste management;sustainable production of food (organic, biodynamic farming and sustainable practices for livestock)the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

  • Features of a Green Economy..2sustainable transport systems with an emphasis on public transport, planting the automotive industry;sustainable tourismgreen jobs, sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods that provide social justice and equality and establish concrete measures in order to progress and prosperity;

  • Importance of Tertiary Institutions in Green Economy.1Student interestResearch fundingQuality assuranceCommunity outreachEmployabilityAccountability

  • Importance of Tertiary Institutions in Green Economy.2

  • Tertiary Institutions in Greening EconomyResearch and developmentInnovationTechnology transferTechnopreneurshipCurriculum development

  • Research and DevelopmentResearch and development trends that focus on sustainability: Renewable energy, appropriate buildings, energy managementAppropriate research to meet our national demands e.g. the solar heaters usage in ZimbabweFunctional prototypes for demonstration of appropriate technologies e.g. mini biodigesters; solar water heating systems

  • Innovation

    Innovations that promote sustainabilityNeed to look for alternative sources of energy E.g. alternative waste management strategies to value added products

  • CurriculaCurricula must address green economy issuesPromotes transdisciplinary programs

  • TechnoprenuershipTechnology transfer from research to commercialization

    Techno-economic assessment of technologies essential

  • Industrial LiasonPartnerships with industry essentialIndustry can advocate for the technology transfer

  • National Policy FormulationAdvice policy makers on appropriate technologies for greening the economy

  • ConclusionA Green Economy is the futureLets go for itUniversities must walk the talk

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