Higher Education Institutions are responsible for the training of most of the professionals who assume significant positions in society, and should therefore play a leading role in Sustainable Development. Furthermore, they themselves should be models of sustainability.
FEUP is strongly committed to promoting sustainability and more sustainable behaviour and practices. Proof of this is the 2011-2015 strategic plan, which contains sections devoted to environmental, social and economic policies. Its commitment to becoming more sustainable is further reflected in its membership of the recognized international association EAUC –the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges – and in the publication, since 2006, of the sustainability report . The main purpose of these reports is to provide the FEUP community and society in general with a view of the Faculty's performance in the various aspects of sustainability (social, economic and environmental), also contributing to raising awareness in all who constitute this institution.