Sustainable development strategy

The presented concept is based primarily on the global pillars of sustainable development, i.e. the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Strategic Plan of Palacký University Olomouc 2021+. In this respect, the strategy sets out the basic vision and mission of the University in the field of sustainable development, defines three priority goal areas, strategic pillars of sustainability in the University environment, in accordance with the substantive and functional division of the areas addressed, within which it sets out the main objectives and lists the basic measures to meet these objectives.

The key to the implementation and further development of UP's sustainability is the substantive content of the priority areas, which consists of already specific objectives and measures leading to their achievement.

Action plans

On the basis of the Sustainable development strategy, which sets out the long-term concept and direction of the university in terms of sustainability, specific action plans are developed each time for a two-year period. These define clearly measurable objectives and measures on the basis of an analytical background. They introduce the guarantors of individual measures, other persons and entities needed to cooperate in the implementation of the measures and define indicators for the fulfilment of the objectives. They also include a financial budget for the measures, financing options and a timetable.

The Action plan for the Implementation of the UP Sustainable development strategy for 2022–2023 (in Czech) was approved by the UP Academic Senate at its meeting on 20 April 2022.

Priority areas for sustainable development at UP

Management and administration

  1. Energy
  2. Waste and circular economy
  3. Water and grenery
  4. Facilities and infrastructure
  5. Information technology and digitalisation
  6. Dining
  7. Mobility and transport
  8. Responsible shopping

Educational and creative activities

  1. Education on sustainability
  2. Creative activities in the field of sustainable development

Social responsibility and the third role of the university

  1. Communities for sustainability
  2. Healthy lifestyle and care for the UP community
  3. Equal opportunities for all
  4. Supporting the region
  5. Strategic partnerships

With whom we cooperate

Sluňákov – the center for ecological activities of the city of Olomouc offers environmentally oriented activities for schools, teachers, families with children and other general public in a modern low-energy house on the edge of the Litovelské Pomoraví Protected Landscape Area in Horka nad Moravou. The house is surrounded by a unique natural art gallery called the Nature House of Litovelské Pomoraví, where visitors and program participants can experience extraordinary encounters with the floodplain landscape. It organises educational and awareness-raising programmes for schools and the public, regular Ecological evenings, the Ecological Days Olomouc festival and runs an open-air exhibition.

ARPOK is an Olomouc educational organisation founded by Palacký University. It is dedicated to global development education and teaching about current issues in today's world. It offers a wide range of educational programmes for pupils, seminars for teachers of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and proven methodological materials on global development education (some of them can be found in the UP Library collection). It also organises conferences and public talks for the public, known as development evenings.

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