UZH participates in the following national and international sustainability networks.
Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich
UZH is a main partner of the Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich. The platform fosters exchange about projects and science related to resource and energy efficiency and decarbonisation. Representatives from industry, politics and science can exchange their experiences at the regular events organized by the platform.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a cooperation of universities, research centers, NGOs and companies to develop solutions to to implement the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.
The programme "U Change" runs from 2017-2020. It is led by the Network for Transdisciplinary Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. In the field of sustainable development, the programme funds student projects and structures which support students in their project work. U Change is financed by the Swiss government.
Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (saguf)
saguf was founded in 1972 with the aim of fostering environmental and sustainability research in Switzerland. Researchers at UZH participate actively in saguf; membership is open to academics and practitioners involved in environmental and sustainability research as well as to students with an interest in these fields of research.
International University Climate Alliance
UZH joined the newly founded International University Climate Alliance, which comprises around 50 universities. The aim of this network is to strengthen the exchange between climate researchers, to share knowledge and best practice examples for climate education and to promote innovations in climate research and its application.
League of European Research Universities
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a respected voice in the European Higher Education Area. It is committed to upholding sound conditions for research, especially basic research, and teaching. Since spring 2021 it has an ad-hoc working group on sustainability.
International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
Since 2018, the University of Zurich is a member of ISCN, which is a network of higher education institutions. Members can exchange ideas about sustainable campus development in working groups, webinars and annual conferences. The network has been founded in 2007 and has currently about 80 member institutions in approximately 30 countries.
COPERNICUS Alliance – European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development
The COPERNICUS Alliance was established by rectors, presidents, and vice-chancellors of European universities. The network organizes annual conferences, initiates joint projects, and promotes its members’ workshops and publications. The COPERNICUS Alliance is the governing body of the COPERNICUS Charta, one of the first of the international university charters to explicitly promote sustainability in higher education. To date, over 300 universities throughout Europe – including UZH – have signed the charter.
The global network Blue Community promotes the following four principles:
- Recognize access to water and sanitation as a human right
- Promote publicly financed, owned, and operated water and wastewater services
- Promote the use of tap water instead of bottled water
- A Blue Community maintains public partnerships with international partners.
Members are for example cities, municipalities, associations or universities. In Switzerland, there are more than 30 members.
United Nations Academic Impact
The University of Zurich is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative. The initiative comprises over 1300 institutions related to higher education in more than 130 countries. UNAI aims to contribute to the realisation of the UN goals, of which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are integral. The University of Zurich has been selected to serve until 2021 as UNAI Hub for the SDG on "Climate Action" (SDG 13). Contact at UZH: Dr. Veruska Muccione (email)
University Global Coalition
The idea behind the University Global Coalition is to form a global platform of universities and other higher education institutions committed to working together with the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and other relevant organizations. This coalition aims to support the Sustainable Development Goals both locally and globally through education, research and services.
Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment
The university alliance was founded in 2017. It aims at organizing annual conferences on sustainable finance and investments, fostering scientific cooperations and support young researchers in this field.
The target of Climate KIC is to promote a climate-friendly economy. Funded through the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, Climate KIC supports projects involving academia, businesses, NGOs and the general public.