U.S. Department of State Signs Grant Agreement With CEU To Support Hungarian Sustainable University Network

Budapest, Feb. 2, 2015 – In line with CEU's strategic sustainability goals, the U.S. Department of State's Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health (ESTH) Hub for Central and Eastern Europe has partnered with the University to provide a $30,000 grant to support a Sustainable University Network (SUN) of student environmental groups in Hungary. The Sustainable University Network will promote civic responsibility among future decision-makers in Hungary by developing leadership skills, promoting sustainable development training, and reinforcing a shared commitment to environmental stewardship. Throughout the SUN project, several U.S. experts will come to Hungary to share their knowledge on issues of importance concerning environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

"There are student sustainability groups at many different universities in Hungary, and the goal is to coordinate activities, to strengthen overall impact, and to inspire cooperation and continuity," said CEU Sustainability Officer Logan Strenchock, who will facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the project. "We need to find realistic solutions for universities in Hungary and get even more students and young people interested in participating and making a difference."

Student environmental groups from 10 higher education institutions across six cities in Hungary will work together to promote information sharing, develop leadership skills, and provide training on general environmental issues for student leaders and groups. A primary aim of the project is to support cross-university cooperation in initiating outreach and educational programming in four priority areas: (1) Recycling and Waste Management; (2) Climate change mitigation; (3) Sustainable Development; and (4) Energy efficiency and alternative energy technology development.

Throughout the SUN project, the CEU and the ESTH Hub will work together with Hungarian partner institutions to develop programs that highlight issues connected to the four priority areas identified above. Student groups will produce a sustainable development vision for their respective universities that supports the collective efforts of the Sustainable University Network.

All Hungarian universities are eligible and encouraged to participate in the SUN project. For more information or to register your sustainability group, please check out the Network's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sunetworkhungary and contact Logan Strenchock at StrenchockL@ceu.hu.

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About CEU
Central European University (CEU) is a U.S.- and Hungarian-accredited institution of graduate education specializing in the social sciences and humanities, public policy, and business. It seeks to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and emerging democracies worldwide through an educational system rooted in the creative, critical, and comparative examination of ideas. CEU is an advanced center of research and policy analysis that facilitates academic dialogue while preparing its graduates to serve as leaders and scholars. For more information, please visit: www.ceu.hu.

About the Regional ESTH Hub Office for Central and Eastern Europe
More information on the U.S. Department of State's Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health (ESTH) Hub for Central and Eastern Europe is available on the U.S. Embassy's website at http://hungary.usembassy.gov/hub.html. To learn more about the ESTH Hub's ongoing projects, follow them on Twitter: @REHBudapest.