Sustainserv Inc. was retained by a consortium of universities and national agencies in the State of Kuwait, to lead the development of a national network of colleges and universities focused on planning, constructing and operating sustainable campus infrastructures.
Using the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN, a Sustainserv managed organization) as the model, the National Green Campus Initiative in Kuwait will draw upon best practices from leading academic institutions from around the world. Topics to be focused on include energy and water efficiency, environmentally friendly and healthy design, engaging students and faculty, and the integration of sustainability into the research and educational mission of the institutions. The program will be led by Sustainserv Managing Partners Matthew Gardner and Bernd Kasemir.
“Kuwait is a great place to introduce these topics into the mission of higher education” stated Gardner. “They face particular challenges in terms of energy and water utilization, and are well positioned to share their experiences and know-how with the world.”
The program will commence with a two-day workshop in Kuwait City in late January 2016. Following that, a series of pilot projects will be designed with the participation of faculty and students from the Kuwaiti Universities. The initial phase of the program will culminate in a leadership training program to be held in late 2016.
Bernd Kasemir adds “The members of the ISCN have provided many great examples of sustainable campus practices from some of the world’s leading universities. We will be leveraging that experience for this project, and look forward to what the Kuwaiti institutions will certainly contribute to that body of knowledge.
Sustainserv Inc., is a fourteen-year old sustainability consultancy based in Boston, MA and Zurich Switzerland, focused on helping companies integrate sustainability focused thinking into their strategies, operations and communications. In addition to its corporate work, Sustainserv is frequently called upon to help lead large multi-stakeholder projects at the intersection of sustainable development, planning, mobility and energy. The three founders are regular speakers at conferences and trade shows, training courses and other forums on sustainability related subjects. In the past few years, the Sustainserv team has worked in across Europe and the US, and in Japan, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia, Singapore, and Canada.