As CEU’s new campus’s BREEAM certification attests, the new buildings were designed with sustainability in mind, and are packed with solutions to reduce energy waste. Find out more about all the technology and smart design that went into the new campus in the new Building User Guide. Download it here!
Since 2010, CEU has been celebrating Earth Day in a variety of ways from hosting sustainability fairs to planting a friendship tree in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and CEU's home district mayor. This year, nearly 20 volunteers gathered in CEU's Japanese Garden to give the area a good spring clean by weeding, repotting and planting new seedlings and young plants for the Edible Garden.
Over the past quarter century, CEU has become a globally recognized academic institution and an invaluable asset in Budapest. As the University's needs changed and its population grew, the need for new space became evident. As part of CEU's Earth Day celebrations, award-winning architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey presented to the campus community on April 22 to share their inspirations for the design and, importantly, the "green" elements key to BREEAM sustainability procedures that will set a precedent in Central and Eastern Europe.
As part of CEU's weeklong celebration of Earth Day 2015, students and administrators created a community garden at the CEU Residence Center. At the April 23 event, members of the CEU community planted herbs, edible plants and flowers in the green space behind the dorm, located in Budapest's 10th district. Coriander, chive, rosemary, basil, strawberry, corn salad, rocket, thyme, lemon balm, chili peppers, seeds of sunflower, dill, roses, sunflowers, and hibiscus were available for students to plant.
Kicking off a week of celebration and activism in honor of Earth Day, CEU Provost and Pro-Rector Liviu Matei joined U.S. Ambassador Colleen Bell and 5th district Mayor Peter Szentgyorgyvolgyi to plant a "Tree of Friendship" in Szabadsag ter (Freedom Square). After the white magnolia tree was planted, CEU student volunteers helped prepare the park for spring by planting dozens of small bushes and plants.
U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell opened a climate change event at CEU Feb. 2, introducing Andrew Gillespie of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Gillespie said science backs up the fact that humans have adversely affected the climate and that the changes are happening at a rapid and alarming pace.
Science backs up the fact that humans have adversely affected the climate and that the changes are happening at a rapid and alarming pace. Dr. Andrew Gillespie of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spoke at CEU on "Climate Change and its impact on Forests in Europe and North America," at a Feb. 2 lecture, co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy of Budapest.
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. SUN 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.
Sustainable CEU is participating in the Creative Recycling Eco-Educational Program, a project that brings together four environmental organizations in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
On September 19, CEU hosted its first Sustainability Festival, linking members of the University community with local environmentalist groups. Over 100 members of the CEU community interacted with local organizations that presented their own unique contributions to building more environmentally and socially conscious communities in Hungary. The festival also gave new arrivals to Budapest a better idea of how and where they could contribute to building a greener Budapest while living or studying here.