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Overview

The Center of Excellence in Sustainability (CoES), a pioneer Center in Greece, was established in 2011 with the aim of promoting sustainability on the ACG campus and beyond.

The CoES is serving all ACG entities (Deree – Pierce – Alba) and supports all academic programs. During the 11 years of its operation, CoES is connecting academic offerings with research, initiatives and operations on Campus.

An innovation element is the fact that the CoES is connected with 2 Programs of Studies through the Program Specifications, the Environmental Studies Program and the Biomedical Sciences, under the Department of Science and Mathematics. Sustainability elements are incorporated and taught in most courses of the two Programs, while they are served by four (4) recently renovated Labs. The CoES is also linked with the International Honors Program (IHP) course ‘Greening the Campus.’ Through their studies, ACG students have the opportunity to:

  • engage in sustainability-related projects
  • become involved in sustainability-related research
  • establish and enhance a sustainability culture on campus and become future sustainability leaders

ACG is the only academic institution in Greece to have received a STARS Gold Rating by the internationally acclaimed US AASHE [Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education] in recognition of its best practices in five categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning & Administration and Innovation & Leadership. The Center of Excellence in Sustainability works within the academic, civic and private sectors to

  • Promote environmental awareness, education for sustainable development and sustainability research on campus and beyond;
  • Coordinate educational programs and activities while promoting experiential learning;
  • Facilitate faculty and student collaboration between disciplines;
  • Connect with other stakeholders and actors in the wider community in collaboration and coordination with the Office of Public Affairs.

Mission

To support sustainability via education, research and related initiatives as well as social action, ultimately aiming to empower ACG students and Greek society as knowledgeable, proactive and responsible citizens.

Vision

The CoES aims to make ACG a leading institution in supporting and promoting sustainability in Greek academia and society at large with the goal of fostering a new era of responsible environmental, economic, social and cultural change.

 

Impact

The CoES supports the development of a more conscious and responsible society committed to addressing the local, national, and global environmental, economic and social challenges, through:

Informed academic programs inspired by the challenges and opportunities offered by the latest science and pressing cultural concerns, aiming at preparing tomorrow’s leaders and citizens
Active support of and engagement in research on local, national and global challenges, with measurable impact on the Greek society, environment and economy
Strategic collaborations between academia, business, industry and the public sector
Modeling the best sustainability practices for academia, Greek society and the global community

Leadership

Stella Apostolaki, PhD
Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Sustainability

Institutional Support

Pavlos A. Vlachos, PhD
Theodore Papalexopoulos Chair in Sustainability and Associate Professor of Marketing, Alba Graduate Business School
Rania Assariotaki
Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office of Public Affairs, The American College of Greece

Advisory Board

Dr. Manolis Plionis
Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Physics Department); Director of the National Observatory of Athens and President of the BoD
Yiannis Markoudakis
National Expert – EU-ETS Monitoring Reporting Verification & Accreditation

Fellows

Dr. Anna Constantatos
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance, School of Business and Economics
Dr. Christina Marouli
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Department of Science and Mathematics, Founder and ex-Director, Center of Excellence for Sustainability

Academic Advisory Board

Dr. Jennifer Nelson
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, School of Fine and Performing Arts
Dr. Christina Marouli
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Department of Science and Mathematics, Founder and ex-Director, Center of Excellence for Sustainability
Dr. George Skourtis
Assistant Professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality, and Sports at ACG
Pavlos A. Vlachos, PhD
Theodore Papalexopoulos Chair in Sustainability and Associate Professor of Marketing, Alba Graduate Business School
Dr. Margarita Zogka
Biology Instructor, Pierce - The American College of Greece
Rania Assariotaki
Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office of Public Affairs, The American College of Greece (ex-officio member)
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Members

Dr. Artemis Anastasiadou
M.F.A., Assistant Professor, Cinema Studies, Deree - The American College of Greece
Dr. Iro Filippaki
Part-time Faculty, IHP
Dimitris Georgas
Associate Faculty- Lecturer II, Department of Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Deree - ACG
Dr. Gregory Katsas
Associate Professor, member of the Sociology Department at ACG
Dr. Ioannis Kougkoulos
Part-time Faculty, Department of Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Deree - ACG
Dr. Nikolaos Lampas
International and European Affairs
Dr. Anastasia Misseyanni
Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Deree - ACG
Dr. Katerina Nikolopoulou
Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts, Deree - ACG
Paraskevi Papadopoulou, PhD
Biomedical Science
Dr. Eleni Papathanasopoulou
Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics, Deree – The American College of Greece
Dr. Alexia Polissidis
Part-time Faculty, Department of Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Deree - ACG
Dr. Emmanuel Skoulas
Assistant Professor, Communication, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Deree - ACG
Dr. Michael Valahas
Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Deree - ACG
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Visiting Researchers

Theodora-Iliana Papacharalampous
Attorney-at-Law, Athens Bar Association, Environmental Lawyer
Lydia Iris Papageorgiou-George
Environmental Scientist, MSc in Transatlantic Forestry

Lab Technicians

Maria Koutsokali
Senior Science Lab Technician
Maria Lanara
STEM Lab Technician
Spyridon Vassilopoulos
Science Lab Technician

 

Science Labs

The Science courses linked to the CoES are served by four (4) Labs:

Chemistry & Cell and Molecular Biology Lab-611

The Chemistry & Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry) supports the needs of the chemistry science modules.

 

The lab upgrade was completed in Fall 2020 and included the addition of vacuum and gas installation (to all fume hoods and also in all 6 student working areas).

 

  • Additional fume hoods were acquired to accommodate the needs for chemistry courses as well as an HPLC system, analytical balances, a rotary evaporator, melting point apparatus, and other materials like bomb calorimeters, general-purpose glassware.
  • In matters of Cell Molecular Biology courses a Biosafety cabinet Class II was acquired along with other equipment such as: Thermocycler for PCR, microplate spectrophotometer, refrigerated centrifuge, shaking incubator, tissue homogenizer additional electrophoresis systems (horizontal and vertical), gel imaging system and an autoclave.
  • Additionally, an individual room was created to accommodate a -80°C freezer, liquid nitrogen tanks, and additional refrigerators.
  • An office for the lab technician was also created

 

The Chemistry & Cell and Molecular Biology Lab currently hosts the Office of the Center of Excellence in Sustainability.

Biological Sciences Lab-615

The Biological Sciences Lab presently supports the needs of Biology modules (introductory biology, human biology, environmental ecology and anatomy/physiology).

 

 

A core renovation took place in summer of 2020 that totally recreated the laboratory space for educational and also research purposes.

 

  • The changes included the purchase of an Anatomy Table, gas and vacuum installation to the fume hoods, as well as new floor and windows. A cell-culture room was created with a Biosafety Cabinet Class II, additional germicidal UV light, a CO2 incubator and an inverted microscope (with the prospect of adding parts for fluorescence).
  • A separate space was created to be used as research area, containing all basic equipment.
  • The faculty office was also fully renovated.

The Physical Sciences/Earth Sciences Lab-710

The Physical Sciences/Earth Sciences Lab (710) supports the needs of environmental and earth sciences modules as well as physics.

 

Full renovation of the Physical Sciences Lab took place in 2019 which hosts Physics courses along with all Earth and Environmental Science courses.

 

  • The lab has been equipped with 3 big benches with working areas for 6 groups of 4 students, PC stations, a research room, a fume hood and a chemical cabinet for safe storage.
  • New equipment has been acquired for the new physics courses with various experiments on Mechanics, Waves and Acoustics and Thermodynamics and more to be soon acquired on Electromagnetism, Optics and Modern Physics.
  • Offices for faculty and staff, fully equipped, were also created.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM Labs (1 & 2)

 

The STEM Lab 1 & STEM Lab 2 funded by USAID, opened in September 2021 and serves as a general-purpose lab for science, technology, engineering and mathematics on the ACG campus.

 

The purpose of the STEM Labs is to serve as multi-disciplinary labs for a variety of topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. These state-of-the-art facilities are already equipped with top-notch technological equipment. The lab contains benches and equipment for experimentation in electronics, embedded systems, digital signal processing, robotics and biomedical systems, among others. It will cover research activities related to innovative ways of teaching and learning strategies in STEM disciplines, active and experiential learning including sustainability initiatives in higher education.

Accomplishments

CoES Executive Director, Dr. Stella Apostolaki, in the Scientific Committee of UN SDSN Gr

CoES Executive Director, Dr. Stella Apostolaki, has joined for a 2nd year, the BoK (Body of Knowledge) group of the EIT Climate KIC & Food, on Water Scarcity in Southern Europe

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐈𝐓 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 for 𝟐𝟎𝟐1 delivered a WHITE PAPER detailing the specific challenges Southern Europe faces to tackle water scarcity and a selection of solutions our expert group proposed.

Apostolaki S., Berbel J., Casielles R., Consoli S., Diez Cebollero E., Fatone F., Intrigliolo D.S., Masi F., Schmidt G., Sereno Rosado A., Skunca D., Tsani S., (2021), White Paper – Finding innovative solutions to tackle water scarcity, EIT Water Scarcity Project – EIT Climate KIC, December 2021, ISBN: 978-9-0903-5514-6

 

 

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐈𝐓 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐈𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 for  𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐.

👉 This year BoK will deliver:
– 𝟓 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐬
– 𝟏 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐲
– 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐝-𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐬
– 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞… 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞!

 

In collaboration with:
Alban Lika, Alessia Foglia, Alfonso EXPÓSITO, Amir Gholipour, Amparo Sereno, Ana Rita Ferreira, Antonio Touriño Couso, Balázs LAKI,  David Smith, Diego Intrigliolo, Dubravka Skunca Efthymios Kaliampakas, Enrique Mesa Pérez, Esther Diez Cebollero, Fabio Masi, Francesco Fatone,Gaetane Suzenet, Georgios Karakatsanis , Guido Schmidt, Inês Breda, Ioanna Nydrioti,  Joana Ramirão Costa, Jordi Cros Herrero, José Antonio Rodríguez de la Cruz, Josué González Camejo,Juan Miguel Ramirez Cuesta, Katarina Kostic, Lyubomir Filipov, Manuela Melucci, Marco de La Feld, Maria Cristina Pasi, María Jesús Blanco, Mark Scicluna Bartoli, Nelson Carrico, Nikolaos Marianos, Paulina Janiak, Piet Lens, Riccardo Ferranti, Sameer Safaya, Sandra Ryan,Sanin Musovic, Simona Consoli, Stella Tsani, Stella Apostolakis,Tadej Stepišnik Perdih, Totti Könnölä, Veronique Briquet-Laugier

CoES and CoELST in support and mentoring of the first 2 winning-teams of ACG students in CLIMATHON Piraeus 2021

Six ACG Environmental Studies students won the 1st and 2nd prize awards in the CLIMATHON Piraeus competition, November 20 & 21, 2021, Blue Lab – Municipality of Piraeus. CLIMATHON Piraeus was co-organized by the American College of Greece through the Center of Excellence in Sustainability (CoES), the Center of Excellence in Logistics, Shipping and Transportation (CoELST) and the Department of Science and Mathematics, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

CLIMATHON is an initiative of EIT Climate KIC and aims at the amplification of actions by municipalities and communities for climate change mitigation, adaptation and increase of resilience.

 

The ACG students responded to the Challenge of ‘identifying innovative solutions and plans on Eco-mobility and sustainable urban planning for the city of Piraeus’:

 

👉 1st prize for team ‘The Ants’ who presented an innovative application based on biomimicry inspired by the communities of Ants, for reducing traffic congestion and providing holistic eco-mobility solutions. ACG Students: Iró Tsoutsa del Río, Taylor Lindeman.

 

👉 2nd prize for team ‘HAMA’ who presented the idea of ‘super blocks’ and how those can contribute to improving mobility within the city while introducing nature and supporting social cohesion. ACG Students: Hayley Turner, Anna Fudge, Manuela Ferro and Alexandros Goumas.

 

Dr. Stella Apostolaki (CoES) and Dr. George Kokosalakis (CoELST) supported the Event as presenters, experts and mentors of the participating teams.

Collaborations