The Universidad de Monterrey, through its Sustainability Center, organizes the “Road to Sustainability” conference every semester. The fourth edition of this congress was held in August, 2012.
The Road to Sustainability Conference
This event is a forum that links the university community with researchers, academicians, public and private companies, and civil organizations that present their experiences, projects, and success stories on various sustainability topics.
The conference program includes talks by local and national speakers on topics related to ecological fingerprinting, the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, public urban mobility management, alternative energy, sustainable construction and landscaping, sustainable industrial innovation, local cycling, water as a challenge for the millennium, recycling and solid waste management programs, as well as on national environmental regulations and laws.
The program is complemented with round tables in which students and faculty interact directly with the speakers; the exhibition of sustainable products, with a focus on fair trade and sustainable social entrepreneurship; artistic exhibitions; and workshops on recycling techniques, healthy eating, endangered species, natural medicine, native plants, and handicrafts with recycled materials, among others.
A contest in which students can express themselves by making artwork with waste materials, addressing the urgent need to raise awareness on the reduction, reuse and recycling of solid waste and to sensitize the university community on the problem of waste generation and its impact on the environment.
Exhibition of works and projects carried out by students in class, introducing sustainable solutions to environmental problems analyzed in the community in order to develop action strategies around the three areas of sustainability: economic, ecological, and social.