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The Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL) has a university community made up of 202,039 students and 14,134 academics and administrators, which is why it is considered one of the largest Public Institutions of Higher Education nationally and internationally.

UANL is one of the best universities in Mexico and the world, for its educational quality, inclusion, equity, generation and innovative application of knowledge with a broad sense of social responsibility that contributes and transcends the transformation and welfare of society; It has a wide educational offer and a great technological production, which favors the training of high school graduates, technicians, professionals, university teachers and researchers capable of performing efficiently in the knowledge society, which apply university principles and values ​​and are committed to development sustainable, because for more than twenty years the Institution adopted a policy and the systematic incorporation of knowledge, practices, competencies and educational approaches from the perspective of sustainability in all its plans and programs of study, allowing the university community incorporate the principles, values ​​and practices of sustainability in the performance of all its activities, without these actions affecting its academic competitiveness and social responsibility.

In this context, and with a responsible and committed position, the UANL created in 2010 the Ministry of Sustainability (SS), with the purpose of generating an instance of institutional, state and national reference in the issues and problems of Sustainability, that articulates and enhances the talents, resources and efforts of the Institution, to contribute to the construction of a more just, equitable and environmentally friendly society, promoting greater social integration and university-society co-responsibility in the training of its students and in all the actions you take, incorporating the principles, values, actions and tasks that lead to the care of the environment, social commitment and democratic life among the members of the university community and the surrounding social environment.

To date, UANL is the only university at the national level that has a Secretariat in charge of promoting sustainability in the university environment, not only through education but also through action, in order to achieve that profound transformative process that is required to reconfigure the civilization process of which we are part.

The substantive tasks performed by the Ministry of Sustainability, such as those described below, have led to important favorable changes in the behavior of the members of the university community and the surrounding social environment, aimed at caring for the environment, social commitment and democratic life:

  1. Establish links within the academic community that carry out research, teaching and dissemination activities, in the field of sustainability, to facilitate communication, stimulate research, knowledge exchange and innovation.

  2. Train and update human resources in the field of sustainable development through the University Academy for Sustainable Development (AUDS).

  3. Encourage social participation in the construction of expressions of environmental culture, socially responsible and democratic.

  4. Form highly qualified human resources and promote research on sustainability issues.

  5. Establish strategic alliances with local, national and international social agents, to promote the generation and innovative application of knowledge and sustainable technology.

  6. Design and operation of environmental infrastructure policies, programs and projects.

  7. Operation of an institutional program aimed at promoting the integral management of different types of waste and reducing their generation on all campuses, eliminating and / or minimizing negative impacts on the environment.

  8. Design and operate the control panel automated program for accounting, reporting and evaluation of university environmental performance, allowing the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that UANL generates as a result of its daily activities.

  9. Take advantage of the potential of the Institution to develop clean energy.

  10. Promote the sustainable territorial development of its campus accompanied by sustainable mobility schemes.


The primary objective of these actions is to promote among the members of the university community, and those responsible for the construction of public policies, the establishment of a strategic alliance to promote the generation and innovative application of knowledge and technology, which allows us to deal with an unavoidable commitment that marks the complex contemporary problem: addressing the deterioration of our planet and rebuilding the foundations of social cohesion.