The implementation of environment protection principles into the higher education system began more than thirty years ago. Today most universities have their own sustainability programs. Minin University is no exception. We understand the need to maintain and increase the 'natural' capital. During the years of the program, the university made significant changes to its internal processes including initiatives related to the facilities infrastructure, saving energy, waste management, water conservation, transport policies. We also paid special attention to the content of 'environmental' scientific and educational events. On top of that, Minin University annually participates in the international ranking of 'green' universities (IU GreenMetric) and traditionally enters the best ten Russian universities in this list.

In order to develop student social initiatives Minin university formed an environmental association "Green Minin". Moreover, Minin university annually takes part in the international "green" ranking of universities "UI GreenMetric". Every year Minin university improves its position there and has become one of the best Russian universities in the sphere of ecology (the 7th place in 2019). Since 2020, Minin University has joined the ranking of "green" Russian universities.

Elements of ecological infrastructure
Waste management
Rational water use
 
Environmental student association
Transport policy
Scientific research of the issue




Department of Environmental Education and Management is one of the initiators of the Minin university ecological development. The department was founded in 1991 and became one of the first departments of environmental education in Russia, as well as the only one in the region, providing professional training on the major "Environmental management and audit".

The Department of Environmental Education and Management regularly participates in:

Results of research work are reflected in monographs, textbooks, teaching guide books and scientific periodicals. Over the past three years the department has published more than 200 scientific articles, including ones in foreign journals of the Web of Science and / or Scopus citation bases.

Results of research work are reflected in monographs, textbooks, teaching guide books and scientific periodicals. Over the past three years the department has published more than 200 scientific articles, including ones in foreign journals of the Web of Science and / or Scopus citation bases.

Sustainable Development Program of Minin university

Waste management policy

Reducing paper use (electronic document flow)

Development of the electronic library system

Separate garbage collection

Organization of bookcrossing

Water resources policy

Touch-sensitive (automatic) mixers

Infrared sensors

Built-in aerators

Refusal to heat water

Drinking fountains instead of bottled water

 

Student association "Green Minin"

The main goal of the association is to improve environmental knowledge and culture of Minin university students and employees.

30 +

More than 30 events per year

4 670

kilograms of paper have been collected

150

kilograms of plastic have been collected

3 500

people participate in the events of the association

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