Politoward is a project for the internationalisation of research funded by Compagnia di San Paolo, and coordinated by Politecnico di Torino in synergy with the University of Cambridge.


Our Mission

The idea is to see a university campus no longer as a mere educational establishment, but as a laboratory for promoting innovation and capitalising on the social, economic and environmental value offered by an on-going transformation. “Laboratory” means that eventually we, as campus users and researchers, can take advantage of gathering together, listen to those who are looking after same problems/database/softwares/business models/methods, and share energies and ideas to improve our communities and its resilience study. 

If every man would sweep his own door-step, the city would soon be clean.
— Anonymous

What We've started to do in POlito

How will Politecnico di Torino foster a fresh approach to campus sustainability that generates solutions to global challenges? By learning by the best, by analysing adaptable strategies that advance a sustainable future for the Turin broader context, and by building together a model-campus where promising technologies, strategies and processes can be co-created, explored, applied, and evaluated in real time. 

Following up the Marie-Curie funded project “UNI-metrics”, which saw both Politecnico di Torino and University of Cambridge already partners in the definition of indicators and stakeholder analysis, this proposal will put in practice management consulting actions that reimagine old ways of managing the systems that sustain us, from climate to food, gathering existing resources in POLITO and establishing long term relationships for a mutual learning platform among sustainable campuses.


some more information about the project

Politoward is a project funded by Compagnia di San Paolo, a foundations of banking origin, for the internationalisation of the researches currently on going at the Politecnico di Torino. The ultimate goal is to create strong partnership with valuable international universities - indeed, only the first 50 in the world rank were eligible for the competition. 

The POLITO's DIST Department (The Interuniversity Department of REGIONAL AND URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING), together with DENERG, won with a project aiming at collecting and connecting all on going researches but also practical expertise and case studies in the field of campus sustainability. Our scientific partner for this project is the University of Cambridge, where in 14 months of incoming and outgoing mobility we will be studying closely each other internal organisation for the overall sustainability management, the coordination among waste, mobility, energy and food activities, policy effectiveness strategy and of course margins for mutual benefits and collaboration.

The output will be a sort of roadmap for metrics and strategies toward a portion of city more and more sustainable, and hopefully resilient in the creation of happier and wiser places and communities.

The summer school is framed in the last steps of the research path of politoward. We are currently carried on a report of the sustainability state-of-art at Politecnico di Torino, in synergy with SITI, which is being in charge of filling the ISCN report. We are also connecting with the soon-to-be-born “italian network of sustainable campuses”, and with several institutions like The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CN, the Hokkaido University, JP, the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, MEX, and many others to share common problems and good practices to be discussed horizontally during the summer school sessions. 

Indeed, what we offer via politoward summer school (but also along the seminar organised throughout the year) is a moment of face-to-face presentation and feedbacks upon similar themes that have been dealing with campus sustainability: an algorithm to optimise demand-supply flows in the campus local electricity grid, an essay on the knowledge co-creation for urban planning laboratories, a prototype of electric vehicle to be used inside the campus perimeter: everything entering in the university improvement toward a low carbon society starting from our classrooms, offices or canteens. 

What we ask is to share whatever piece of work, drawings, photos, essays and, of course, papers to get engaged in university path toward a wiser use of resources and a happier common life :).