Ca’ Foscari University is Italy’s first business school and the second in Europe. Over thirty languages are taught at the university. Like the city of Venice which hosts it, the university is a crossroads of culture, fields of research, ideas and creativity.Ca’ Foscari is a modern and dynamic university which, in its eight departments, carries out advanced research projects and innovative study programmes in order to guarantee excellent tertiary educational opportunities. Thanks to its five Interdepartmental schools, Ca’ Foscari offers its students fully integrated, cross-disciplinary study opportunities. Thus, a student in Venice can gain wider and better-structured qualifications: for example, Economics embraces Cultural Patrimony, Languages combine with Economics, Restoration encounters Science. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice also grants companies and external institutions the use of its venues – real “jewels” in the heart of Venice of remarkable historical, artistic, cultural and architectural interest.

Ca’ Foscari is well aware of the university’s role in the formation of future generations and in the spreading of awareness in society. It has adopted the concept of “sustainability” as scholars have defined it since the middle of last century.

The University identifies sustainability as a process which pursues environmental safeguards, the community’s wellbeing, social equality and economic development. It pays particular attention to its responsibilities in the education of its students as their future behaviour and decisions will also be influenced by the teaching they have gained during their time at university.

To this end, Ca’ Foscari has for many years been committed to identifying practices and methods which lead to the development, conservation and enhancement of an environment which increases the community’s wellbeing through a policy of sustainability. The commitment that the university has undertaken has among its goal a reduction in the university’s environmental impact and the promotion of a more responsible way of life among the members of the Ca’ Foscari university community: goals which can be obtained through constant works of analysis and research and thanks to the experiences gained over the years.

The university has identified three sectors in which to integrate sustainability in the actions and behaviour of all its members: teaching-research, governance and environment-community. Through its involvement the Ca’ Foscari University aims at creating awareness and the diffusion of the best practices and the values of sustainability.

Certosa Island




Certosa Island is one of the largest of the so-called ‘minor islands’ in the Venice Lagoon.

From the 13th century onwards it was home to a monastery of Augustinian and Carthusian monks, who carried out both agricultural and cultural activities. Following the suppression of religious orders by Napoleon, the island was converted for military uses leading to the construction, during the early 1900’s, of the “Pirotecnica della Certosa”, a munitions factory with adjacent firing ground, which fell into disuse in the 1960s.

In 1996, the City of Venice in collaboration with the Venice Water Authority launched the first stage of a regeneration project with the contribution of European Community funds.

Since 2005 VdV Srl has been responsible for managing the part of the island housing the Polo Nautico Vento di Venezia, a marina resort that provides tourism-related facilities, including a Marina with 320 berths, a boatyard for the construction and maintenance of traditional boats and technical assistance for modern yachts, a three stars Hotel with comfortable and fully equipped rooms, a Bar & Restaurant that propose traditional Venetian dishes with an innovative twist as well as sports and cultural events.

In 2009, VdV Srl won the tender for the identification of a partner for the launch and management of Certosa Urban Park.

The project for the Park, presented by Vento di Venezia in a public-private partnership with the City of Venice, is the result of the recovery of the entire island as a site where activities and landscapes which are different among themselves can co-exist in full co-operation. The project foresees the complete restoration of the island in order to create a park accessible to the public without architectonic barriers, with the creation of fully equipped open spaces and pathways as well as the conservation of the natural assets which cover more than two thirds of the  total area. The rural use of some parts of the island allow for the recovery of its horticultural and winegrowing traditions, including the cultivation of local grape varieties.

The ancient remains of the fifteenth century monastery will be enhanced through the creation of structures that can be used for cultural and educational activities.