In order to come up with a solution to fine dust in schools based on scientific and technological evidence, a project was newly initiated to develop school fine dust management technology. Yonsei University College of Medicine as a leader of the project has launched four research groups including regarding basic source, integrated management, diagnosis and improvement, and legal and institutional improvement. Several research focusing on each category was conducted and reported – e.g. Identification of fine dust pollution characteristics in schools by student activities, building characteristics, and external factors. This research project also includes a comprehensive discussion based on the report and ultimately expects to achieve SDG 13. Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
▶ Designating Carbon Neutrality as a Key Cutting-edge Agenda for a Sustainable Future
▶ Strategic alignment between SDGs: Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7) and Climate Action (SDG13)
Derive a carbon-neutral roadmap based on
▶ Recognizing the need for international cooperation in responding to climate change and the value of environmental, social, and governance (ESG)
University resources and capabilities integrated around
▶Focus on maximum carbon neutral capabilities and implement efforts to achieve them by 2030
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Yonsei students have been engaging in various activities to reduce ramifications of climate crises, COVID-19, food shortage, inequality, etc.
Following are the notable student-led projects. Please tap the link below to see more details.
▶ A Study on the Solution of Coral Bleaching and Coral Ecosystem Restoration Strategy due to Global Warming (2023~)
This team is planning to produce eco-friendly artificial coral reefs to prevent sea desertification.
▶ Edible insects (Sakondry) awareness promotion project for food security improvement in Madagascar (2022)
The students visited Madagascar and reviewed the possibility of processing edible insects to tackle food shortage issues.
▶ A study on the possibility of reducing disposable cups through multi-use cup circulation in university (2022)
These students installed multi-use cup collection box around the campus to encourage students to use these cups than disposable ones.
▶ Student Volunteer Clubs (Click here to see more details about each club)
Yonsei University students voluntarily organize groups to deeply engage with community and people in need. There are 12 clubs in action, hosting various events in and outside of the campus.
- The name of clubs: 180 Degrees Consulting Yonsei, Life Is Art (L.I.A.), VC (Volunteer Coordinator), YNBLUE, Rhythm of Hope, BonBon, Seium, Aurin DB, Yongreen, YDMC (Yonsei Dream Major Conductor), Euicheong, Yonsei Hope
▶ Student Workstations: SOLVERE (2017~, Click here to see activities posted online)
SOLVERE selects one of 17 SDGs every year and designs projects/campaigns accordingly.
In 2023, SOLVERE focus on SDG no. 3, conducting research on people who once committed suicide and/or those who witnessed the event.
The team interviewed experts in the relevant field, reviewed literatures and institutions on mental health, and held fundraising projects to raise awareness.
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Our institution is committed to systematically implementing the calculation, aggregation, and reporting of both direct and indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our universities, all based on the carbon credit trading system.
Through this rigorous approach, we aim to effectively manage our carbon footprint and make significant strides towards achieving sustainable environmental protection and build cornerstones towards the carbon neutrality.
By accurately evaluating and tracking the carbon emissions equivalent to Scope 1 and Scope 2 of the GHG protocol, we are taking concrete steps towards reducing our environmental impact and promoting a greener future. These efforts hold paramount importance as they not only help our universities fulfill their social responsibilities but also play a pivotal role in advancing sustainable university management for the well-being of future generations. Through these initiatives, we aim to lead by example, inspiring others to join the journey towards a more environmentally responsible and sustainable world.
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