Universidad Autónoma de Occidente

Circular campus research hot-beds to engage students and external visitors in sustainability


Universidad Autónoma de Occidente


South America



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Institutional Approach

The Universidad Autónoma de Occidente in Colombia has a circular, carbon-neutral and close to zero-energy sustainable campus strategy, developed and maintained using a living lab approach. One of the central pillars of the campus, alongside carbon-neutrality is a 'connected campus': their living lab approach, which engages both students and external visitors to the campus to engage in research 'hot-beds' related to the circular campus. The university structures student experiences into additional research hot-beds in other disciplines.


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