RCE Bogota - 2019

HOW URBAN YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BE AN ENGINE TO ACHIEVE LOWEST SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES IN CARBON: BEGINNING FOR BOGOTA
Basic Information
Title of project : 
HOW URBAN YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BE AN ENGINE TO ACHIEVE LOWEST SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES IN CARBON: BEGINNING FOR BOGOTA
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Bogota
Contributing organization(s) : 
RCE Bogotá party
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Olga María Bermúdez
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Bogotá
Format of project: 
Manuscript (.pdf)
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Monday, February 18, 2019
Política de consumo responsable
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National
Goal No. 4, 11 and 12
At what level is the policy operating?: 
International
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Americas
Country: 
Colombia
Location(s): 
Bogotá
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Universidad El Bosque
Ecosystem(s):
Level of Education for intended audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The purpose of the project was to contribute to the consolidation of a sustainable society, through
young people who replicate models and initiatives on sustainable lifestyles in their communities,
through the development of daily activities, workshops and exemplary behaviors. The expected
result is to articulate initiatives so that young people in Bogotá understand and appropriate the
concepts of sustainable lifestyles that allow them to reduce their carbon footprint, through the
identification of priority actions and definition of replication models.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
In the implementation phase, we worked together with 20 initiatives that promote sustainable
lifestyles in the city and a group of 35 young leaders trained in this topic. On the other hand, a
Sustainability Course for Young Leaders was developed in which 23 young people were trained
during 5 Saturdays on sustainability and sustainable lifestyles to be the multiplying leaders of the
project and with appropriation to the subject, share their knowledge with others young people and
be support in the events that the project develops. Also alliances with different institutions were
made such as universities, local municipalities, youth networks and community boards.
Contents
Status: 
Completed
Period: 
June, 2017 to December, 2018
Rationale: 
The purpose of the project was to contribute to the consolidation of a sustainable society, through
young people who replicate models and initiatives on sustainable lifestyles in their communities,
through the development of daily activities, workshops and exemplary behaviors. The expected
result is to articulate initiatives so that young people in Bogotá understand and appropriate the
concepts of sustainable lifestyles that allow them to reduce their carbon footprint, through the
identification of priority actions and definition of replication models.
Objectives: 
The main objective of the project wasto enhance the understanding of the opportunities to develop
sustainable low-carbon lifestyles for the urban youth of Bogotá and thus facilitate their adoption
and inclusion in urban policies. This project began in June of 2017 and ended in December of 2018.
The project director is Kenneth Ochoa Vargas, Director of the Environmental Engineering Program,
and the work team is made up of 3 research faculty, a student intern, two delegates from the UN
Regional Office Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama City and two
delegates from the UN Environment Office based in Paris, France.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
The project consisted of 5 phases: Diagnosis, Validation, Implementation of Initiatives, Evaluation
and Monitoring and Replication of the Model. During the diagnostic phase, a search was developed
for initiatives that work on sustainable lifestyles in the city of Bogotá, from which a database of 43
was obtained. At the same time, a survey was conducted as a baseline of information on the style
of Current life and aspirations of young people from 18 to 25 years of age in the city, collecting 624
responses. With these answers, an analysis based on graphs and a per capita carbon footprint
measurement for the food and mobility domains were developed.
Size of academic audience: 
624
Results: 
Check the uploaded document
Lessons learned: 
Finally, as deliverables of the project, a Replication Model that can be applied in other cities not only
in Colombia, but in Latin America was developed along with a visual document that shows current
Bogota lifestyles and aspirations called Bogota, Live Simply, Live Happy that will be published in
2019.
Key messages: 
It is very important to work with youth to contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, from their early ages.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
Related to Environmental forums and pedagogical workshops.
References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Direct
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Indirect
Theme
Agriculture 
Indirect
Arts 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Indirect
Ecotourism 
Direct
Forests/Trees 
Indirect
Plants & Animals 
Indirect
Waste 
Direct
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Direct