Healthy, sustainable campuses

Global conference to renew international charter for healthy campuses, at UBC Okanagan.

The University of British Columbia Okanagan hosts the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, June 22 to 25 in Kelowna.

Universities and colleges from around the world will come together at UBC Okanagan, in Kelowna, this month to share their experiences and develop new strategies to create healthier communities on their campuses and beyond.

The 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, June 22 to 25, is a gathering of experts from more than 40 countries focused on health promotion, wellbeing and sustainability in higher education settings and in the wider community. Organizers expect to welcome more than 400 delegates from around the world.

“We are creating a dynamic meeting place for researchers, practitioners, administrators, students and policy-makers from around the world to explore pressing issues and identify promising paths for healthy and sustainable campus development,” says Conference Chair Claire Budgen, Wellbeing Initiative director and associate professor emerita nursing at UBC Okanagan.

One of the conference’s major objectives is to renew an international charter, created in 2005 at the University of Alberta to establish the Edmonton Charter.

The conference creates a highlight on the responsibilities of institutions of higher education to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students, to develop vibrant campus communities where everyone thrives, and to advance knowledge and practices relevant locally and globally to campuses and other communities.

The conference website is: www.internationalhealthycampuses2015.com.