ACG: The Ways Various Sectors Can Contribute to the Environmental Protection |
ATHENS — Addressing environmental issues and challenges through coordinated interdisciplinary approaches as well as the important role of environmental education were at the heart of the two-day event entitled “Celebrating the Environment 2021: Reimagine, Recreate, Restore”, held by The American College of Greece in the context of the initiative ACG150 and the celebration of World Environment Day.
The event was organized by the Environmental Studies Program, the Department of Science and Mathematics, the ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability and the Office of Public Affairs.
On the first day of the event, Claudia Carydis, Vice President, Public Affairs, The American College of Greece, opened with a greeting, noting, among others: “We, at The American College of Greece, are proud to be a leading academic institution on sustainability and environmental related issues. The ACG takes a holistic approach to relevant initiatives, both academically and operationally, following mostly US best practices. The ACG Center of Excellence in Sustainability has played an important role in strengthening the adoption and implementation of such practices, making ACG a role model Institution not only in Greece but also internationally. A major achievement was the STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for the College’s recent practices and performance in sustainable development, making ACG the only Academic Institute in Greece that has received such a distinction.“
In his opening remarks, Loren J. Samons, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Executive Director, ACG Institute for Hellenic Culture & the Liberal Arts and Professor of Classical Studies, Boston University, said: “Through the ACG 150 initiative we want to support research and the creation of that kind of technology that will lead to success in different sectors of the economy and will really reach our maximum potential. But our desire is for this to become a reality, while protecting our planet, so that we leave to the next generation a planet that will be healthy and beautiful. “
In the discussion that followed under the coordination of Dr. Stella Apostolaki, Associate Faculty – Lecturer I, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator, Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Center for Excellence in Sustainability, The American College of Greece, professors of the ACG analyzed how different disciplines within The American College of Greece can contribute to the common goal of environmental restoration and how prosperity can be ensured for future generations.
More specifically, international solutions and initiatives for tackling biodiversity loss and sustainable water resources management were analyzed also in connection with the Environmental Studies Program at Deree-ACG. Holistic approaches to environmental protection and human health were also presented, analyzing the effects of climate change on world cultural heritage, as well as the concepts of “sustainable cities” and “environmental justice”.
Particular reference was also made to environmental approaches of the sectors of food and tourism but also to the major environmental challenges and opportunities in the shipping, transport and supply chain sectors. The concept of Greenwashing in the business world was also analyzed, i.e., the tendency of companies to claim that they are “greener” than they really are. Finally, regarding the role of research and digital innovation in environmental protection, the emerging needs and priorities were highlighted.
The panel was attended by: Dr. George Kokosalakis, Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping & Transportation and Assistant Professor, School of Business and Economics, Deree-The American College of Greece, Dr. Athanasios Krystallis, executive Director, Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism & Leisure and Associate Professor of…