The Alliance for Global Sustainability is a partnership of four scientific and technological universities – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Tokyo, Chalmers University of Technology, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and their associated partners. It was formed in 1997 in the conviction that closer collaboration amongst some of the world's leading research institutions would lead to faster progress towards sustainability.
Sustainability pledge of the AGS Annual Meeting 2009
The AGS Annual Meeting is distinguished by its commitment to sustainability values. The conference organisation has set targets to minimize the environmental footprint of the event.
The programme offers a mix of keynotes, panel
discussions, topic speakers and workshops on the Urban Futures themes, as well as highlighting the role of universities as models for a sustainable society. It kicks off with the Student Summit for Sustainability S3 organised by the World Student Community for
Sustainable Development (WSC-SD), and the AGSME 2009 workshop on global modeling.
Monday 26 January
Civilizing the Market Economy: the Approach of Integrative Economic Ethics to Sustainable Development. Peter Ulrich, University of St. Gallen.
Peak Oil: a Turning Point for Mankind. Colin Campbell, Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.
Sustainable Investment for Quality of Life. Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter, Forma Futura Invest Inc.
Democratic Software - the Implications of Open Source in Society. Aaron Seigo, KDE e.V., Open Source Desktop Environment Project.
Visit this flagship project of ETH, aimed at developing a sustainable campus, with innovative ground energy storage and state of the art zero carbon emissions building.
Showcase of sustainability at the ETH; World Student Community market of ideas
S3 welcome party 21:00 onwards
Tuesday 27 January
8:30 Welcome and opening address by ETH president Ralph Eichler
8:45 KEYNOTE: Sustainable Urban Futures: Challenges and Opportunities for Academia. Lars Reuterswärd, UN-Habitat
9:30 KEYNOTE: Universities as a Role Model for a Sustainable Society. Hiroshi Komiyama, president of the University of Tokyo.
13:30 S3 KEYNOTE: Petro-imperialism - Geoeconomics and Great Power Strategy. Andrea K. Riemer, Austrian Institute for Strategy and Security Policy.
14:30 - 16:30 Parallel sessions:
17:00 - 18:30 Parallel sessions:
Wednesday 28 January
9:15 KEYNOTE: Turbulence Ahead: dynamics shaping (and occasionally confounding) local energy and climate planning efforts. Stephen A. Hammer, Urban Energy Program, Columbia University
10:30-12:30 Parallel sessions:
PANEL A: Urban ecology and environmental impacts.
13:30 S3 KEYNOTE: A Systemic Solution for the Economic Crisis. Bernard A. Lietaer, Center for Sustainable Resources, UC Berkeley.
14:30-16:30 Parallel sessions:
17:00-18:30 Poster session
19:00-22:00 Conference dinner and best poster awards
Thursday 29 January
9:45 KEYNOTE: Vision for the Future of Cities in the Ecological Age. Peter Head, director of Arup
11:00-13:00 PANEL: Urban Futures: how are AGS universities tackling the challenge?