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Is veganism the most sustainable lifestyle?

The students of the Sustainability Management course, Maylis Knispel and Paula Boquera, reveal other facets of veganism, a practice that refuses the consumption of food and products of animal origin. This course, taught by members of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, is part of the curriculum of the Bachelor’s Degree in International business and marketing.

Maylis Knispel and Paula Boquera, authors of the article.

Maylis Knispel and Paula Boquera, authors of the article.

A lot of people see veganism as a new diet that has become trendy. Now being vegan is cool. Therefore, it is not surprising that walking through the city we can find more and more vegan restaurants perfect to show off at Instagram. In supermarkets the veggie food offer is increasing, and even in McDonald’s you can order a veggie burger. For many people, veganism is only that, just a fad diet. But, it goes further and it is important to know what the meaning of this word is due to avoid making mistakes.

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The Chair in the “Commission for the Study of Climate Change” at the Congress of Deputies

The director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Pere Fullana, has spoken on Tuesday 13th at the commission, regarding the importance of the environmental variable in the legislative system.

Pere Fullana has highlighted the importance of the life cycle assessment as an environmental analysis method to all the members of the chamber.

Pere Fullana (centro de la imagen) durante su intervención en la sesión.

Pere Fullana (center of the image) during his intervention in the session.

With the aim of introducing environmental science in the field of politics, the director of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Pere Fullana,spoke on Tuesday 13th February at the "Comisión para el Estudio del Cambio Climático" (“Commission for the Study of Climate Change”) of the Congress of Deputies, in Madrid. During his lecture, he informed the assistants on how to guide the legislation related to climate change and also stressed the importance of taking into account the environmental variable in the legislative activity, from the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a method to assess environmental impacts associated with products and services.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the Chair

Didem Civancik-Uslu, PhD student, and Nur Khalil, technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, send a message to those girls with a scientific vocation to encourage them to get on with science.

¿What do you want to be when you grow up? Children between six and seven years old are projected equally as future scientists and technologists. However, a study published in the journal Science in 2017 shows that, after the age of 8, many girls abandon their scientific dream, claiming it is a career for smart people and they do not look capable. These findings suggest that gendered notions of brilliance are acquired early and have an immediate effect on children’s interest.

Image Credits: Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT).

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To those girls with a scientific vocation: “Believe in yourselves, you can do it,” says Didem Civancik-Uslu

Didem is doing her PhD Thesis at the New Materials Research Line of the Chair.

Didem is doing her PhD Thesis at the New Materials Research Line of the Chair.

Gender inequality already exists in our lives, it is a very complex issue to change but, slowly, little changes are being done. This reflection have never discouraged Didem Civancik-Uslu, PhD student at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, who decided to study Environmental Engineering at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. Since the first moment that she decided to study an engineering and enter in one of the best universities in Turkey, she suggests herself to never give up and try to achieve her goals.

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“Rather than looking out for answers in others, I wanted to find them myself, that was what drove me to science,” says Nur Khalil

Nur Khalil, technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF.

Nur Khalil, technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF.

When we are children we ask ourselves thousands of questions about who we are and what the world around us consist of. This spontaneous curiosity is what motivated the technician at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, Nur Khalil, to be interested in the environment and all the problems derived from the bad practices of our society. The environment specialist has never given up, she has tried to find the answers to all her doubts without contemplating the option of abandoning the challenge. Therefore, she encourages her female colleagues and those girls with a scientific vocation to feed our dreams: “Let’s solve all the riddles that worry us, we are capable of doing what what we set out to do.”

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How sustainable is Google?

Gal·la Millán and Marta Camins, students of the Sustainability Management course taught by the members of the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, imerse us in the sustainable initiatives of the Internet giant. This subject is part of the curriculum of the degree in business and international marketing at ESCI-UPF, given in the third or fourth year.

Gal·la Millán and Marta Camins, authors of the article.

Gal·la Millán and Marta Camins, authors of the article.

There are many companies that in the recent years have incorporated strategies to become sustainable, fundamentally through the conversion of their processes towards renewable energy. This same objective is what motivates the Internet giant Google, to begin a process to operate 100% with renewable energy and become “the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world,” in 2017. Nowadays, their commitments reach 2.6000 megawatts of eolic and solar energy, and Google’s data centers use half the energy of industry typical facilities. In the United States, all data centers have received voluntary certifications of management systems ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, becoming the first large technology company to receive this type of external certification.

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