Hacia una Producción más limpia en Latinoamérica a través de la integración de Educación Ambiental, Ingeniería y Administración de Negocios.
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Industrialization in Latin America has increased the levels of industrial pollution and resource depletion as well as human exposure to harmful substances. With steady projected economic growth in the coming years across the hemisphere, these negative impacts are likely to worsen, unless effective interventions are developed and implemented. Cleaner Production (CP) has been promoted around the world as a strategy to help industries decrease their environmental impacts and cost, while improving efficiency and productivity. Despite nearly two decades of CP promotion and the establishment of UN-sponsored National Cleaner Production Centers (NCPC) through the region, smaller enterprises in Latin America still lack the knowledge, human and financial resources to fully implement such strategies. In this three-year Project, we aim to promote and facilitate sustainable industrial development throughout the Americas by creating regional centers of excellence for education, development and implementation of best practices for Cleaner Production (CP) and sustainable development. By introducing CP related topics in higher education curricula, especially efforts for the introduction of practical experiences from students and academic staff, which allowed Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to learn about CP strategy and improve their efficiencies in a sustainable way. Through a continuous interaction and experiences exchange from the partner institutions, a higher capacity on CP was achieved. Therefore, this project created a new way to build capacity to improve SMEs resources efficiencies and their productivity, while executing the learning processes in universities. One of the major achievements in this project was the consolidation of a multidisciplinary team willing to continue developing CP capacities through joint efforts with SMEs.
Proyecto de investigación VIE-01-177-01