Transitioning to a Culture of Sustainability

The College’s own sustainability framework establishes sustainability in its broadest, most holistic sense as a mindset and ethical guideline for balance and well-being, embracing the concept of reciprocity. Sustainability is embedded across all aspects of the College, including our education model (pedagogical focus, curriculum, programs, and projects), promoting learning from nature, and new pedagogies for the future. It is also towards this principle that the college is currently purposefully building a new campus that contests climate change through sustainable construction practices and the restoration and conservation of a nature reserve within its property.

The design of this sustainability framework applies processes of research, listening, participation, and collaboration and is fueled by the question: How do we create a culture of sustainability at UWC Costa Rica?


Sustainability Principles

The Sustainability Principles (SPs) aim to encompass all actions needed to transition towards a school exemplary in its sustainability and inherent values.
Care Social Justice & Governance Nature Reciprocity & Continuity Education Impact & Economy Community & Diversity Responsible Use & Resources

Action Lines

Strategies for guiding and organizing the different activities for each action area to achieve greater integration, coordination, and continuity of efforts to fulfill UWC Costa Rica’s mission.
Actions related with our Educational pedagogical focus, curriculum programs, projects learning in nature, and new pedagogies for the future. Nature-Based Education Strategy & Governance Actions regarding strategic vision, organizational structures, and teams needed to implement and give continuity. Actions refering to partnerships and working with communities in relationships of reciprocity. Alliances & Community Engagement Architecture, Infrastructure & Landscape Actions relevant to physical space, and design of our structures, buildings, and spaces for learning and living. We Are How We Consume Actions related to building awareness and improving our habits of cnsumption and waste.

Sustainability Corner

Discover all the sustainability efforts being done by our community.
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