Universities are the engines of innovation and knowledge in Europe. As vibrant centres of learning, exchange and ideas, they continue to help drive the world towards a better, more sustainable future. The U-MOB LIFE project is harnessing the power of European universities to support the development of sustainable mobility in Europe.
Universities are also major commuting poles in many European cities. By improving the mobility patterns of universities, the transportation system of an entire city can benefit. To this end, the U-MOB LIFE project partners (including four universities in Rotterdam, Krakow, Bergamo and Barcelona) will gather best practices from universities across Europe. In addition to making university campuses more sustainable, there is a great potential to influence the travel habits and tendencies of students, which can have a big impact on the mobility practices of future generations.
Ultimately U-MOB LIFE seeks to drive a shift towards sustainability in university mobility planning. The project will additionally engage policymakers, public authorities, transport companies, and civil society. Among the specific objectives of the project are to:
For those who are interested in getting involved, U-MOB LIFE is currently collecting best practices from universities on their website. The first of three conferences will take place at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona from 8-10 March 2017 (conference webpage).
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