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Five-year Sustainability and Climate Action Plan of Samarkand state medical institute released

  Samarkand State Medical Institute's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for 2021-2026 is now finalized and ready for implementation, with ambitious targets and detailed measures to achieve those goals.

  The five-year plan is the result of a lengthy public process conducted by the Samarkand State Medical Institute Facilities Team and including a wide range of campus stakeholders.

  In 2019, a survey was conducted to create a baseline of community understanding and concerns regarding sustainability and climate change. Following several public meetings, a group of more than 40 people from various departments on campus and students was formed, and they worked for about a year to develop the five-year plan.

MISSION

  By leading and innovating in education, research, health care delivery, and public service, we improve the health and wellness of our varied communities in Samarkand and around the world.

DEFINITION OF SUSTAINABILITY

  Samarkand state medical institute defines sustainability in an inclusive and holistic way. Sustainability is defined by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as "human and ecological health, social justice, stable livelihoods, and a better planet for all generations." Sustainable practices that address Samarkand state medical institute's influence on environmental, social, and economic challenges are included in this pledge.

VISION FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE ACTION

  Through its operations, education, and research, Samarkand state medical institute promotes well-being for all people in the nation, and the world by delivering health care education and research that improves sustainability, mitigates climate change, and saves resources for future generations.

The plan has four areas of focus:

  • Transportation
  • Buildings and energy
  • Grounds and water management
  • Materials and resource management

  Each emphasis area has a list of specific efforts to help them meet their five-year objectives. On transportation, for example, the Samarkand State Medical Institute plans to cut emissions from the vehicles it uses on campus by half. Additionally, the neighborhood faces a difficulty in reducing emissions from commutes to campus. Because this is a research-intensive campus with a clinical component, the plan calls for continuing to construct an energy-use metering and validation program for specific buildings, as well as increasing energy conservation and recovery in all facilities. The campus will reduce the amount of solid waste it generates by 20% in terms of materials and resource management.

  Samarkand State Medical Institute interacts with its partners, a consulting group whose aim is to help higher education and health care organizations mitigate the effects of climate change, to help lead the planning process. Our partners assist us in the creation and execution of energy-saving and greenhouse-gas-reduction climate action strategies.