UNI-metrics stands for Value Metrics and Policies for a Sustainable University Campus. It is a EU project financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program within the Marie Curie Actions IRSES-International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (Grant agreement number PIRSES-GA-2010-269161) and coordinated by the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
The primary goal of the project is to strengthen research partnerships among the four partner organizations (in Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Japan) who share a similar concept of sustainable development and an interdisciplinary research approach. The project is also closely linked to practical activities in the participating institutions The mission of UNIMETRICS is to increase the environmental sustainability of University Campuses as complex areas insisting on the urban space and to promote the quality of universities services and utilities.
UNIMETRICS is coordinated by the Politecnico di Torino. The Consortium is
composed by the following partners: Cambridge University (UK),
Free University of Amsterdam (NL) and Hokkaido University (JP).
UNI-metrics is a multi-disciplinary project which is based on a working hypothesis that “value-based metrics” can be found and interoperated in the intersection between actors, buildings and cities, and be integrated in policy-making.
Based on the expertise of each partner and links to a number of ongoing projects and previous research on sustainability metrics and policies, the project aims at elevating their scientific competence, research quality and education in the field of sustainable university campuses, metrics and policies.
The overall goal of this initiative is to foster collaboration between like-minded scientists on a problem that ranks high in societal importance. More specifically, the goals to be achieved during the exchange program are:
- the creation of an official network for the sharing of information, procedure, knowledge
- the ability address both the training of students and young researcher and improvement of joint research programs.
Furthermore, important results are expected in terms of improvement of the research and of the understanding related to the integrated university campus assessment and sustainable development policies.