Sustainserv Tapped to Develop National Green Campus Initiative in Kuwait

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.

About Sustainserv

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.

Impact of the EU Directive on CR Reporting

European FlagAlmost one year ago, the European Union issued Directive 2014/95/EU. This Directive, which technically is an amendment to an earlier Directive that focused on financial reporting, outlined new requirements for companies to follow regarding the disclosure of non-financial information, mainly environmental and social issues.

While it will take some time for the member states to issue corresponding regulations, it is clear that most large companies in the EU will now be required to disclose their performance and impacts when it comes to environmental and social issues.

Sustainserv is monitoring these developments and has written a brief that outlines our interpretations of where things currently stand and what this may mean for businesses based in the EU, or for EU-based subsidaries of foreign companies (including those owned by U.S. based entitities).

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