Social Commitment

The Greeks taught us that passion could be nonsense without exercising prudence and restraint; that is to say, responsible passion.

The new learning theories propose that it is not sufficient for a student to attend class and receive information: knowledge is no longer transferred, it is built jointly; it is not a professor and a student but a learning community.  It is through sharing university life that knowledge is built.  At Universidad de las Américas daily life is also a learning constant.

Our students attend not only to acquire information but to establish a citizen’s ethics: humanist and tolerant, of leadership and success.  Because of this, our campus generates a life ethic.  The origin of the word “Ethics” is “House”, that is, the urban space affects the citizen’s attitudes: a harmonious, ecological campus that debates a complex reality and is agreeable to forming wholesome students.

One of the strategic objectives of UDLAP is to be recognized at a national and international level for its innovative characteristics to contribute to equal opportunity.  This results especially from its scholarship program and its social work in backing the development of the community and underprivileged sectors.

We have an important financial aid program.  Also, we offer the intellectual capital of our professors, researchers, and students to promote social benefits for our environment, working jointly with municipal, state, and federal governments, as well as with international organizations.  Likewise, we make great efforts to offer economic resources and infrastructure to the least protected sectors.



Invite your friends or classmates to an "Ecozone Tour" or to the Environmental Education Workshops.

You can volunteer to be an ECOZONE GUIDE or do your social service with us.

Do you have a project or idea to make your university more ecological and eco-friendly?

Write us at or call Ext. 4007 and participate.

The Ecozone

UDLAP, through the Environmental and Sustainable Development Department, welcomes students, academics, and the general public in search of:

  • Projects related to environmental protection.
  • Information about the University’s actions to help the environment.
  • Spaces to conduct research and activities related to decreasing negative impacts on the environment.
What is the Ecozone?

A space for:

  • Students and professors.
  • Dissertation writers.
  • Researchers.
  • Collaborators.
  • Internal staff.
  • Outside community.

It offers:

  • Training on environmental issues.
  • Spaces to conduct experiments and practices.
  • Opportunities to participate in environmental conservation projects.
  • Information on how to reduce the ecological footprint at the University and at home.
  • The Environmental and Sustainable Development Office, part of the Physical Plant, is responsible for the Ecozone.  Both are under the direction of the General Campus Administration under the Administrative Vice Presidency.

  • The Ecozone opened to the public in 2007, welcoming elementary schools from Puebla and Cholula.

  • This Department is in charge of:

    • Maintaining the campus’ green spaces.
    • Collecting, separating, and disposing of waste generated on campus. 
    • Composting all organic waste from the cafeterias, campus, and residential zone.
    • Educating the internal and external community interested in environmental protection.
Specific Objectives
  • To establish a presence of UDLAP’s Ecozone in the network for publicity and feedback about:

    • Activities and volunteer opportunities
    • Spaces for visiting or learning
    • Projects and means to participate
    • Training, programs, and campaigns
    • Pro-environment recommendations and advice
    • Sharing experiences and know-how


  • Support for the creation of environmentally responsible synergy activities at the local and global level.
Waste Separation

Recyclable or treatable waste is listed under green, orange, and blue labels.  Below these lists are examples on how to deliver them to the Ecozone, and in grey (last image) we present the waste that is not currently recyclable and thus considered “garbage” or waste that requires special handling.