Opening Ceremony of the 1st International Green University Conference at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad ( Archive )

The opening ceremony of the 1st International Green University Conference was held on 6 February at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Green university has now turned into an international criterion for assessing universities worldwide. In fact, it is a score determined based on GreenMetric grading system. This system considers 6 key criteria including Setting and Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation and Education. The has been first launched by Universitas Indonesia in 2010 in order to present a comprehensive overview of the status quo and policies related to environmental issues and sustainable development in universities worldwide.

The concept of green university does not merely refer to green vegetation. Rather, it implies that the least possible energy should be consumed for university systems and the environment shall be fully protected against any potential harms. Also, all university students, faculty members and employees have to take part in plans to protect the natural environment of the university.

Several high-rank National and international guests attended the opening ceremony of this conference, including Dr. Mansoor Gholami (Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology), Dr. Mohammad Kafi (President of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad), Mr. Alireza Rashidian (Governer of Khorasan Razavi Province), Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro (President of ECO Science Foundation), and other high-rank officials from the Plan and Budget Organization (PBO) of Iran and the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. Delegates from several International organizations such as UNESCO, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and IUCN were also present at this opening ceremony.

This two-day conference, held on the 6th and 7th of February 2018 will feature speakers and panelists from over 10 countries and 25 academic institutions. Guests will join to share their experience and best practices in addition to presenting their achievements in the field of sustainable development with a focus on green campuses emphasizing the following topics:

1- National and International Practice (Best Practices)

2- Renewable Energy

3- Water and Waste Water Management

4- Waste Management

5- Energy Consumption Management

6- Green Transportation

7- Green IT

8- Sustainable Campus Planning and Design


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