MOBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY PLAN – 2020

OBJECTIVES

  • Increase the level of energy and environment sustainability in the UCLM, reaching a level to compete with European universities by 2020.
  • Integrate bioclimatic aspects in the restoration of existing buildings and the construction of new ones.
  • Promote the use of renewable energies and more efficient energy systems for the campus to be self-supplying (thermal solar energy, geothermics, biomass heat generation, trigeneration).
  • Conduct energy audits in buildings so as to identify saving measures leading to greater levels of energy certification.
  • Extend the installation of solar photovoltaic panels to the roofs of most of the university centres and common areas.
  • Extend the example of the Fábrica de Armas to the rest of the campus, creating green areas which respect the environment and ecologically integrate the campus into the urban landscape. Connect the university to the cities via “green corridors.”
  • Promote programmes of integrated waste treatment by recycling and incorporating internal procedures for correct, maximized waste management. Awareness raising plan for UCLM staff.
  • Improve gender equality relations between members of the university and the wider community. UCLM Plan for Gender Equality.
  • Promotion of the Info accessibility Project (developed in conjunction with IMSERSO (Institute for Older Persons and Social Services) and ONCE (the Spanish Organisation for the Blind)). UCLM is working on this project which aims to improve accessibility to UCLM teaching and content (adapted curricular materials, data digitalization, etc.) and the adaptation of the corporate website and other communication formats in order to comply with accessibility laws at AA level.
  • Promote UCLM policies regarding the improvement of accessibility to the community by incorporating measures to improve signage both inside and outside buildings (braille and high relief, acoustic signs, emergency and evacuation signs) and the elimination of barriers to the disabled (classroom furniture and adapted information counters, etc.).

COMPLETED ACTIONS

This action was initially divided into 9 sub-actions: Installation of Cogeneration Plants; Installation of Geothermal Plants; Environment Classrooms; Eco Town Planning; Cycling Areas; University Residences; Accessibility; Sports Facilities and Actions in Gender Equality.  As mentioned in the previous section of funds has not permitted investment in the infrastructures required for all the actions originally planned. However the following actions have been conducted:

Energy Efficiency Plan

The Energy Efficiency Plan was approved in May 2012 http://www.uclm.es/organos/gerencia/eficienciaenergetica.asp.

It consists of two large blocks of actions. On one hand, a series of measures to raise awareness among the university community of the need for responsible consumption of energy resources and to inform about basic measures for energy saving. On the other hand a series of technical measures.

Regarding communication and information measures, apart from the communication plan, http://www.uclm.es/organos/gerencia/eficienciaenergetica_doc.asp we can also highlight:

A series of technical measures were also implemented in all the different campuses:

  • Adjustment of temperature set point. The temperature set point is regulated within the limits marked by current regulations, RD 1826/2009, which set a maximum of 21ºC in winter and a maximum of 26ºC in summer.
  • Optimising working hours. The working hours of the heat production machines are reduced by an average of 21.5%. The working hours of the cold production machines are reduced by an average of 28%.
  • Unanimous decision of the criteria for closing buildings during the holiday period. The general shutdown of heat and cold production systems and the switching off of electricity for significant periods of time.
  • Complete installation of electrical energy measuring systems. This enables control of consumption and the availability of technical and overconsumption alarms in each building, possible incentives for decreasing consumption in buildings and monitoring of energy saving measures.
  • Substitution of diesel heat production systems for natural gas ones. This has resulted in a 25% reduction in the cost of heat energy production.

UCLM Health and Safety and Environmental Protection Plan

UCLM has a Health and Safety and Environment Service (SPMA-UCLM). It is an advisory service, with no executive capacity. It is responsible  for providing UCLM with the advice, support and coordination required to carry out the health and safety and environment activities needed to guarantee the protection of the health and safety of workers and protection of the environment  http://www.uclm.es/servicios/prevencion/spuclm/spuclm.asp

On 22 May 2013 the Governing Council updated the UCLM Health and Safety Plan, presented by SPMA-UCLM and approved by the Health and Safety Committee. This is an essential tool to promote the university health and safety policy. It is a guide for the development and implementation, through a management system, of the required health and safety measures. This document is a tool to help integrate health and safety activity at the university, including gender perspective in all actions.

Waste Management Plan

During the 2012-2013 academic year 18 waste removal actions been implemented. Of these, 6 were at the campus in Albacete, 8 in Ciudad Real, 3 in Toledo and 1 in Cuenca. The Waste Management Plan continues to be implemented.

Equality Plan

The UCLM Gender Equality Commission is an advisory organ designed to work for gender equality at the university.  (http://www.uclm.es/organos/vic_cultura/igualdad/comision.asp). This commission is currently drawing up the I Plan for Equal Opportunities for Men and Women at UCLM.

Electronic Administration

Following the announcement of the electronic office as the means of electronic communication with citizens, as established in Law 11/2007, as part of a joint project with the universities of Alcalá de Henares and Rey Juan Carlos, 12 telematic procedures have been published, the last of which referred to the electronic cards for accessing the university entrance exam results. The issue of certificates is another important electronic service. The gradual incorporation of electronic services is planned, as is the diffusion of individual services such as the electronic signature tray.

Seminars have recently been held on all the campuses to present the project to the teaching and research staff as the first step towards the rolling out of electronic procedures related to teaching and research management.

Cloud Computing Services

Following the consolidation project in the main university CPU, which has generated savings of up to 35% in electricity consumption, Cloud Computing services are starting to be offered to research groups and centres. The aim of this service is to decrease the maintenance costs of these infrastructures and to streamline the availability procedures of environments for teaching and research.

Actions by the Assistance to Disabled Students Service (SAED)

The main objective of this service is to provide support for people enrolled at the university who have any sort of physical, mental or sensory disability, or who suffer from a chronic illness which affects their studies. This forms part of the rights conferred to all citizens by article 49 of the Spanish Constitution and which law 13/1982 for the Social Integration of People with Disabilities establishes as the principles of normalisation and integration  of people with disabilities in all areas of life, analysing the specific requirements for their integration in the university community and defining, within the possibilities of the service and the university itself, the support plan for each individual student. The actions developed in the period considered in this report can be summarized as:

    • Accessibility: We highlight here two general actions:
  1. Signing of parking spaces reserved for holders of the reduced mobility card: steps have been taken for the places to be signposted on campus, especially in places for which a specific request has been presented. On the Albacete campus new reserved parking spaces have been signed in the Multi-Use Building car park. This process is being implemented at the campuses of Cuenca and Ciudad Real.
  2.  Condition, signing and use of adapted toilets: the state of these installations is being inspected on all the campuses, attending to requests from users.
  • Loan of Technical Support: eight students have benefitted from the loan of technical support material: Laptop computers, FM amplifier equipment and special ergonomic chairs.
  • Adapted transport: due to financial circumstances, this service has been greatly reduced. However, it has been used by thirteen students with serious mobility issues and more than 2040 transfers have been made from October 2011 to June 2013.
  • Sign Language Interpreting Service: in the specialty of the whisper technique has been requested by one student during the 2012-2013 academic year. Support has been provided during the second trimester, comprising 119.5 hours of interpreting.