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2020 YTU Sustainable Campus Report

In the face of changing world conditions, sustainability, innovation and leadership issues play an important role in higher education institutions. This report is a snapshot of our university's efforts in the field of sustainability for 2020. This report demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives of current students and employees, as well as improving healthy life expectations for future generations. We are also very aware that we need to work harder to make greater progress in this area in the upcoming processes.

From the moment we took office, we have accelerated the studies in this field, considering that Sustainability, Research-Innovation and Commercialization activities also play a key role for our University. Our goal is to provide transportation with low-carbon vehicles in our campus areas, to reduce carbon emissions by extending vehicle-free / micro-mobility, to utilize waste, to make plans to develop world-class education and research facilities, to create social awareness, to contribute to sustainability for our campus, our country and the whole world. Fulfilling these obligations for future generations should be our common goal and common commitment. Every member of society has a role to play in this endeavor. From this point of view, we must continue to generate new ideas and encourage exciting innovations through interdisciplinary collaboration while developing solutions to global challenges. Our university continues to work to produce innovative solutions in systems such as solar energy and hydrogen energy, which are among the renewable energy sources, in innovation and commercialization studies, and it carries out pioneering activities in this field in the world. In addition, we have contributed to the development of social projects by contributing to the research and policy formulation of human impact on climate change, and we are moving towards a more sustainable future. In this sense, the education and research infrastructure of our university in engineering, architecture, urban planning, climate science, economics, business, public health, policy development, design and business has a unique capacity to accelerate the progress from non-renewable energy sources to renewable energy sources. It is also committed to modeling an institutional behavior that leads to a more sustainable campus.

Yıldız Technical University Sustainability Plan is a critical and necessary step to build a more sustainable future. I would like to express my deep appreciation to the President of the Sustainable Campus Commission, Professor Çiğdem Polatoğlu and members of our academic committee. I would also like to thank the administrative staff, faculty members and students who contributed to the creation of the Plan. You can follow our university's sustainability projects on kampus.yildiz.edu.tr address. While pleased with the progress we have made in a short time, I also know that we still have many challenges in our journey to becoming a sustainable university. I hope this inspirational report encourages all of us to rethink how we can contribute to building a safe, sustainable future or society.

Prof. Dr. Tamer YILMAZ

Rector