Bahçeşehir University Scientific Research Project (BAUBAP) ‘’The Future Campus with a Green and Sustainable Structure.’’ Call Text
1. General Perspective
Global warming and climate change occurs serious problems in our country. Nevertheless, people continue to harm nature. Most of the energy and water consumption in our country and in the world takes place in the buildings and structures we live in. Therefore, environmentally friendly, less energy consuming sustainable building designs come to the fore.
We all know that the climate crisis is coming soon, and that the world will cease to be a planet where living things will live in the near future. This is why the concept of sustainability is priotarized.
According to United Nations Environment and Development Commission sustainability is “Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable by providing daily needs without risking the ability to respond to the needs of future generations. And sustainable development is the method of realizing the efforts to increase economic growth and welfare by protecting the environment and the life quality of all people on earth.’’
The concept of sustainability appears in all areas of our lives such as construction industry which has a great role. Green building or sustainable building concepts are becoming more common in our country as well as all over the world. Sustainable buildings are using energy, water and other resources efficiently; future campus environmental corruption.
Sustainable buildings or green buildings, require an integrated design process to create environmentally responsible and resource-efficient projects throughout all their processes, from the testing phase to the construction phase, from the training phase to the demolition phase in their most basic definition.
Within the scope of this call, the theme of building “ The Future Campus with a Green and Sustainable Structure” for the Bahçeşehir University Future Campus at Kemerburgaz; this call aims that to get innovative business ideas, service ideas, space usage ideas from Bahçeşehir University Faculty members and students to be used and displayed in Bahçeşehir University Future Campus.
In this perspective, projects are expected to be proposed under the following topics:
a) Protection and development of ecosystems and biodiversity,
b) Reduction of solid wastes,
c) Improving air and water quality,
d) Environmental optimization from design to demolition throughout the life of the buildings,
e) Protection of natural resources, economic benefits,
f) Reducing operational and maintenance costs,
g) Optimization of life cycle economic performance,
h) Development of asset value and profits,
i) Contribution to the general quality of life and decent work environment,
j) Improving the air, thermal and acoustic environment
The projects to be proposed for this call may cover one of these objectives or cover more than one purpose in a holistic manner.
2. Relevant Support Program
Projects to be proposed within the perspective of this call will benefit; Normal Research Project (NAP) and Bachelor’s Degree Research Project (LOAP) supports.
3. Special Considerations for the Call
Specific to this call, the following issues should be taken into attention.
a) In accordance with the relevant BAUBAP directive and guideline, project proposals that do not qualify as R&D projects (studies for creating infrastructure) will not be supported.
b) The projects submitted are expected to contribute to the following objectives from the 17 SDGs of the United Nations.
1) Goal 3: Good health and well-being
We have made great progress against several leading causes of death and disease. Life expectancy has increased dramatically; infant and maternal mortality rates have declined, we’ve turned the tide on HIV and malaria deaths have halved.
Good health is essential to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda reflects the complexity and interconnectedness of the two. It takes into account widening economic and social inequalities, rapid urbanization, threats to the climate and the environment, the continuing burden of HIV and other infectious diseases, and emerging challenges such as noncommunicable diseases. Universal health coverage will be integral to achieving SDG 3, ending poverty and reducing inequalities. Emerging global health priorities not explicitly included in the SDGs, including antimicrobial resistance, also demand action.
But the world is off-track to achieve the health-related SDGs. Progress has been uneven, both between and within countries. There’s a 31-year gap between the countries with the shortest and longest life expectancies. And while some countries have made impressive gains, national averages hide that many are being left behind. Multisectoral, rights-based and gender-sensitive approaches are essential to address inequalities and to build good health for all.
2) Goal 5: Gender equality
Ending all discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it’s crucial for sustainable future; it’s proven that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development.
UNDP has made gender equality central to its work and we’ve seen remarkable progress in the past 20 years. There are more girls in school now compared to 15 years ago, and most regions have reached gender parity in primary education.
But although there are more women than ever in the labour market, there are still large inequalities in some regions, with women systematically denied the same work rights as men. Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office all remain huge barriers. Climate change and disasters continue to have a disproportionate effect on women and children, as do conflict and migration.
It is vital to give women equal rights land and property, sexual and reproductive health, and to technology and the internet. Today there are more women in public office than ever before, but encouraging more women leaders will help achieve greater gender equality.
3) Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Between 2000 and 2018, the number of people with electricity increased from 78 to 90 percent, and the numbers without electricity dipped to 789 million.
Yet as the population continues to grow, so will the demand for cheap energy, and an economy reliant on fossil fuels is creating drastic changes to our climate.
Investing in solar, wind and thermal power, improving energy productivity, and ensuring energy for all is vital if we are to achieve SDG 7 by 2030.
Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean and more efficient energy in all countries will encourage growth and help the environment.
4) Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Over the past 25 years the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically, despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now makes up more than 34 percent of total employment – a number that has almost tripled between 1991 and 2015.
However, as the global economy continues to recover we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015.
The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.
5) Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.
Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.
More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90 percent are from the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
6) Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Income inequality is on the rise—the richest 10 percent have up to 40 percent of global income whereas the poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 to 7 percent. If we take into account population growth inequality in developing countries, inequality has increased by 11 percent.
Income inequality has increased in nearly everywhere in recent decades, but at different speeds. It’s lowest in Europe and highest in the Middle East.
These widening disparities require sound policies to empower lower income earners, and promote economic inclusion of all regardless of sex, race or ethnicity.
Income inequality requires global solutions. This involves improving the regulation and monitoring of financial markets and institutions, encouraging development assistance and foreign direct investment to regions where the need is greatest. Facilitating the safe migration and mobility of people is also key to bridging the widening divide.
7) Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
More than half of us live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of all humanity—6.5 billion people—will be urban. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.
The rapid growth of cities—a result of rising populations and increasing migration—has led to a boom in mega-cities, especially in the developing world, and slums are becoming a more significant feature of urban life.
Making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.
8) Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Agriculture is the biggest user of water worldwide, and irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater for human use.
The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets to achieve this goal. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.
A large share of the world population is still consuming far too little to meet even their basic needs. Halving the per capita of global food waste at the retailer and consumer levels is also important for creating more efficient production and supply chains. This can help with food security, and shift us towards a more resource efficient economy.
9) Goal 13: Climate action
There is no country that is not experiencing the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50 percent higher than in 1990. Global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not act.
The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. This is not to mention the human impact of geo-physical disasters, which are 91 percent climate-related, and which between 1998 and 2017 killed 1.3 million people, and left 4.4 billion injured. The goal aims to mobilize US$100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries to both adapt to climate change and invest in low-carbon development.
Supporting vulnerable regions will directly contribute not only to Goal 13 but also to the other SDGs. These actions must also go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures, sustainable natural resource management, and human security into national development strategies. It is still possible, with strong political will, increased investment, and using existing technology, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, aiming at 1.5°C, but this requires urgent and ambitious collective action.
10) Goal 15: Life on land
Human life depends on the earth as much as the ocean for our sustenance and livelihoods. Plant life provides 80 percent of the human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resources. Forests cover 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, provide vital habitats for millions of species, and important sources for clean air and water, as well as being crucial for combating climate change.
Every year, 13 million hectares of forests are lost, while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares, disproportionately affecting poor communities.
While 15 percent of land is protected, biodiversity is still at risk. Nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants have been illegally traded. Wildlife trafficking not only erodes biodiversity, but creates insecurity, fuels conflict, and feeds corruption.
Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage and support global food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and peace and security.
c) It is expected that each project proposal will be addressed within the basic perspective specified in the General Perspective section of the call text.
d) Every proposed project is expected to be multidisciplinary.
e) Project proposals should not be limited to needs analysis or due diligence studies, but should contain implications for implementation.
f) It is expected that the work packages will be mostly done by the project team.
g) Support will be provided to all projects which are appropriate after scientific evaluation.
h) It is expected to focus on meetings, workshops, trainings, website, media, fair, project market and similar activities to be held for the delivery and dissemination of the outputs and results to be achieved during the project activities to the relevant stakeholders and potential users.
i) It is aimed to receive innovative business ideas, service ideas, space usage ideas to be used and exhibited at Bahçeşehir University Future Campus, and it is expected to be applicable to other campuses within the scope of the call.
4. Call Calendar
Call for 2021
5 April 2021
31 May 2021
5. References for Additional Documentation
BAUBAP Application Forms and Additional Documents: https://tto.bau.edu.tr/en-US/Detail/bap-applications-forms-and-attachment-forms-documents
BAUBAP Instruction and Guide: https://tto.bau.edu.tr/en-US/Detail/bap-guideline
6. Contact Information
BAU Technology Transfer Office (BAUTTO)