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NCKU Goal 11

成大 Goal 11

To enhance the sustainability of human living space, National Cheng Kung University's (NCKU) initiative for sustainability includes three pillars: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and social sustainability. In pursuit of economic development, human beings should attach importance to environmental preservation and cushion the impact of man-made development on nature. In the meantime, the countermeasures adopted should give consideration to social equity. For the practice of Goal 11 by NCKU, the field extends from densely populated cities to coastal areas. The approach starts with innovative technology and that is easy to apply and affordable to implement. Regarding urban development zones, the university has established the High Density Street-level Air-temperature Observation Network (HiSAN) in Tainan City. Centering on the elevated temperature in urban areas and environmental sustainability, this study reviews the phenomenon of the urban heat island associated with urban development. It proposes strategies to slow down the problem of high temperature by observing temperature variations over time with a high density observation network. In regards to coastal areas, NCKU has conducted an implementation plan adapted to environmental change in Tainan coastal areas (IMPACT), an important initiative and action plan. The IMPACT project team, consisting of the Department of Architecture, the Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, the Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory, the Department of Urban Planning, the Institute of Ocean Technology and Marine Affairs, and the Department of Environmental Engineering, are working together to come up with adaptative plans for environmental issues in the coastal area of Tainan. In addition, it has explored the problems facing Tainan’s coastal areas under environmental change, heightened young students' concern over local environment and social issues, and guided students to delve deep into coastal communities to help them adapt to climate change. The team has actively implemented the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) in line with international standards in order to fulfill its social responsibility. The project covers sandbank changes concerning ecological and environmental balance, asparagus net house production quality improvement, and promotion and innovation of environmental education. Under the condition of maintaining balance in environment, new strategies of low impact of man-made disturbance along with adaptation to climate change are proposed to meet human sustainability.