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École Polytechnique making a commitment to sustainable development


On the occasion of its international scientific symposium on Friday June 7, 2019 as part of its 225th anniversary celebrations, École Polytechnique is making five major commitments to sustainable development and energy transition.
 
100% of students trained in sustainable development
École Polytechnique aims to ensure that all of its students are equipped with a general environmental awareness that measures up to today’s societal challenges. In addition to the existing programs, as soon as the start of the 2019 academic year, the Ingénieur Polytechnicien program will include a module aimed at providing all students with a foundation in sustainable development. The module will be taught by renowned experts in the form of a 3-day seminar on environmental themes such as: the history of life and the planet’s limits, the impact of human activities, risks and trajectories, and change management and transition models.
 
In parallel, a sustainable development certificate, recognized as a specific course for all students, will be implemented starting next year.
 
Resolving the scientific and economic equation of energy transition
École Polytechnique’s ambition is to become a leading institution in integrating environmental transition into its research projects. The five founding schools of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris have decided to create Energy4Climate (E4C), a major joint multidisciplinary research center focusing on energy transition. Drawing on the expertise of more than 25 partner laboratories and as a candidate for EUR (University Research School program) funding, Energy4Climate offers a unique international 5-year program for educating a new generation of energy leaders. This program is aimed at attracting the finest talents from France and abroad, with teaching of the highest standards and several different options in engineering and entrepreneurship, as well as a PhD track to train doctoral students in these issues.

With E4C, IP Paris is thinking global, forging links with academic partners all over the world, such as Berkeley and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P).
 
A sustainable, responsible campus: towards carbon neutrality
École Polytechnique is committed to rolling out an ambitious plan to improve the performance of its infrastructure and become carbon neutral. L’X intends to make the campus an example of environmental transition and a place for experimentation, working with the E4C research teams. Three new smart buildings are being built on campus in order to collect data on an unprecedented scale, analyze it and conduct state-of-the-art studies on energy consumption.
 
A challenge for spotting talents and exploring future solutions
École Polytechnique has announced the 2019 launch of a large-scale international sustainable development challenge, open to the public. This challenge strives to connect anyone with potential solutions, or who simply wishes to contribute. Through this initiative, l’X is eager to involve society as a whole in finding innovative solutions aimed at improving human life. This challenge, to be carried out on a yearly basis, will be dedicated to sustainable development for its first edition. 
 
For Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique, “these five bold commitments in education, research and for our campus demonstrate our desire to make sustainable development a key priority at École Polytechnique. By involving our students, teacher-researchers and staff in this long-term approach, we are confirming our ambition to contribute to the general public interest as well as the preservation of the planet, by taking this fundamental challenge into account in each of our missions”.

About École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 41% of students and 40% of faculty members).

École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

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