Campus activities

Sustainable University Day 2016
April 21, 2016 | University of Lausanne


Animated student project exhibition

This activity was a great chance to discover the students’ engagement and innovative ideas for more sustainability at universities in Switzerland!
The Sustainable Development at Universities Programme funds student projects and student project incubators active in the field of sustainable development. During the Sustainable University Day 2016, these projects took the opportunity to present their activities and impacts. This took place in the form of a short presentation of all present projects and a poster exhibition. Representatives from the different projects made the public aware of what is done at universities by students and to exchange ideas with other present projects.

Permaculture garden guiding tour

Photo: Fabrice Ducrest, UNIL
The term permaculture (a contraction of permanent culture) could be defined - according to one of its initiators Bill Mollison - as “a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.”

La Pel’s project is to create a space where people can experiment and share this philosophy. The permaculture garden can be regarded as a bridge between the academic world and civil society through sharing of resources and knowledge. Through practical and theoretical classes, learners can in their turn become instructors, which allows to construct and consolidatie a network between experts and laypersons on the one hand, and consumers and producers on the other. This raises each participant's awareness of environmental issues.


Visit the campus local market and the free shop

Photo: Emilie Crittin
Local products promotion and sharing economy

The food market has been in place since 2010 and it offers many local products. We found local producers who adhere to fair labour conditions to collaborate with.

Our items have more than one life. The free shop Troc-o-Pole at the University of Lausanne follows the slogan “bring whatever you don’t need anymore and take what you want”. In collaboration with the FAE and the UniL sustainable dicastery, the Troc-o-Pole is an alternative way of consumption called sharing economy based on different values around recycling, waste limiting and solidarity.

Beehives guiding tours

Discover Unipoly beekeeping
Since 2012, the beekeeping project of Unipoly had the ambition to practice and develop methods and bee lifestyle further.

On the beehive guiding tours, visitors will be informed about bees, today's issues and the practice of responsible beekeeping. A group of 10-15 people will be able to get a complete explanation about the collaboration within the University of Lausanne and the values our actions are based on. Furthermore, we will present the equipment, the protection outfit and the practices of beekeeping.

The student association Unipoly is in charge of four beehives. The students of both the University of Lausanne and the EPFL organise events, such as courses, conferences and projections.


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