March 2020 / Launch in Colombia of the Climate Action Laboratories project with 13 Latin American and European Universities.
Within the 2811 area of work focused on climate action and our line on Climate Action Labs (LAC), our team led the construction of the consortium and the design of the ClimateLabs project, in close collaboration with Ashoka Mexico, which was launched in Colombia. in March. The Climate Action Laboratories (LAC) offer methodologies for creative and interdisciplinary decision-making in higher education institutions, so that students develop the fundamental skills necessary to adapt to the challenges brought by climate change.
ClimateLabs – Project to promote innovation and collaboration on climate change between universities
Climate change laboratories are scenarios in which different actors such as universities, local governments and NGOs can co-create products, services and methodologies to solve the social needs that arise or are accentuated by climate change and face the multiple threats that the crisis contains. climate. The role of 2811 in the execution of the project together with Ashoka is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and the development of methodologies between the different partner universities.
The participating universities of Colombia from the coffee region – Universidad de Caldas, Universidad de Manizales, Universidad del Quindío and Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira – and UNIMINUTO have related climate challenges mainly to agriculture. Participants from Guadalajara, Mexico, from the University of Guadalajara and TEC de Monterrey, emphasize the effects of climate change on the agricultural region of Jalisco, as well as on the large city of Guadalajara. The participating Brazilian universities coming from different cities: PUCRS from Porto Alegre, PUCPR from Curitiba and UNICAP from Recife, face different environmental challenges based on geography and urban context.
Launch of the project in Manizales, Colombia
60 professionals from the participating universities met at the University of Caldas, Colombia, in Manizales, in the first week of March to start the project. The initial meeting aimed to put all the university partners on the same page in terms of the work plan and to share experiences from different perspectives in order to inspire each other on what may be possible in the development of the project in the coming years. Some inspiring workshops also took place at the Bioprocessing Plant of the University of Caldas and the Botanical Garden of the same university. A “sembratón” was also carried out to offset the carbon emissions caused by the trips of the teams to the launch of the project.
At 2811, we promote the integration of climate action and innovation at the institutional level, empowering the academics, professionals and citizens who will lead us to a just climate future and a low carbon economy. We have recently expanded the idea of Climate Action Labs – LAC in East Africa and look forward to partnering with more universities and organizations to create more impact in this field.
“If you are interested in structuring a LAC at your university, organization or company, or would like more information about the ClimateLabs project, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
ClimateLabs Project Launch in Manizales, Colombia with 13 Universities
Within 2811’s scope of work on climate action and our initiative on Climate Action Labs (LAC), our team led the consortium building and project design of ClimateLabs, in close partnership with Ashoka Mexico, which launched in Colombia in March. Climate Action Laboratories offer methodologies for creative and interdisciplinary decision-making at higher-education institutions, so that students develop the fundamental skills needed to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century.
ClimateLabs Project to promote innovation and collaboration on climate change among universities
Within these climate labs, different social actors such as universities, local governments, and NGOs can co-create products, services and methodologies to resolve social needs surrounding climate changes and the multiple threats the climate crisis contains. 2811’s role in the project, with Ashoka, is to facilitate knowledge sharing and methodology development between the different partner universities.
The participating Colombian Universities from the coffee region—University of Caldas, University of Manizales, University of Quindío, and the Technological University of Pereria—and UNIMINUTO have elaborated on climate challenges are mostly related to agriculture, while participants from Guadalajara, México from the University of Guadalajara and TEC of Monterrey, emphasize climate change effects in the agricultural region of Jalisco as well as in the large city of Guadalajara. The participating Brazilian universities come from different cities—PUCRS from Porto Alegre, PUCPR from Curitiba and UNICAP from Recife—so they face different environmental challenges based on the geography and the urban context.
Project Kickoff in Manizales, Colombia
60 professionals from the participating Universities met at the University of Caldas, Colombia in Manizales in the first week of March to kick off the project. The kickoff meeting aimed to put all the university partners on the same page in terms of the project’s work plan and to share experiences from different perspectives to inspire one another about what could be possible in the development of the project in the upcoming years. Some inspiring workshops also took place in U de Caldas Bioprocesses Plant and the Botanical Garden. We also planted trees in a “sembrathon” to offset the carbon emissions caused by our air travel to Colombia.
At 2811, we promote the integration of climate action and innovation at the institutional level, training the teachers, professionals, and citizens who will lead us a just climate future and a low-carbon economy. We have recently expanded the idea of the climate action laboratories (Climate Action Labs – LAC) in East Africa and we hope to partner with more universities and organizations to create further impact in this field.
“If you're interested in launching a ClimateLab at your University, organization, or business, or you want to learn more about this project, contact us at email@example.com.”
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