Background of the Kenya Green University Network
There are over 67 universities in Kenya. At present, some universities are actively involved in incorporating environmental sustainability targets in their performance contracts as stipulated by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) while others are lagging behind. Overall, the combined efforts of these tertiary academic institutions could have a huge impact on advancement of Sustainable Development in Kenya.
The Kenya Green Universities Network (KGUN) was therefore proposed in 2012, after deliberations between WSCSD-Kenya, UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU), Greening Kenya Initiative (GKI), University of Nairobi (UoN), and Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU).
The network aims at developing a functional group of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Kenya that incorporate environment, low carbon climate resilient development strategies and sustainability aspects in their education, training, campus operations/management and enhanced student engagement. The KGUN will also develop capacity to assist universities in their performance contract reporting requirements on the environmental targets.
The network has 4 pillars namely; Green Campus, Curricula, Community Engagement and Student Engagement. WSCSD-Kenya is the network’s focal point for the 4th pillar i.e. Student Engagement
KGUN was officially on 4-5 February 2016 at UNEP Headquarters’, Gigiri, Nairobi.