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Learn from the experts on how to establish your Green Office in less time and in an effective way
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You’re studying or working at a university? You’re passionate about sustainability and want to make a difference? By starting a Green Office (GO), you can inform, connect and support students and staff to act on sustainability at your university. Explore our free online course below and reserve a spot!
The next English edition of the course will start in September 2018. German speakers can also join the German edition of the course starting in April.
If you’re new to the GO Model, get started with an introduction.
What you will do
Participate in six calls and read through the course modules
Get feedback on your ideas and discuss questions with participants and tutors
Complete a first design of your GO and funding application
What’s in it for you
Learn from the experts on how to establish your GO in less time and in an effective way
Get in-depth guidance on what steps to take and what common mistakes to avoid
Create a visible legacy by starting your GO
Exchange ideas with fellow change makers and support each other
Develop practical skills in sustainability, communication and leadership that will be valuable in your career
Disclaimer: We don’t expect you to establish a GO in the three months duration of the course. The goal is that you get the competencies you need and develop your first ideas. After the course, you can continue to work with us to start your GO.
Am I the right person to join?
You’re the right person to join, if you count yourself to one of these target groups:
Student groups, or individual students, staff and academics who want to learn more about the GO Model and how to establish one.
(Sustainability) staff, students and academics who want to learn how to get better institutional support for their sustainability initiaitves in general, using the GO Model as an example.
Students wanting to write their thesis about sustainability at their university and still looking for an interesting thesis topic.
By joining this course, you read through the course modules and discuss your approach in the following calls:
1. Get to know the GO Model and Movement
2. Start an initiative of students and staff, and build a community of supporters for your GO idea
3. Discover and analyse existing sustainability efforts to understand what is going well and what could be improved
4. Design the goals and structure of your GO
5. Find funding and write your funding application
6. Pitch your ideas to convince university management
Set-up of the course
In each call, the course tutors will give a short introduction into the topic. You will then have time to discuss your questions, challenges and ideas with other participants and the tutors.
The text and videos in the course modules allow you to revisit some of the sessions and learn at your own pace.
The calls take place every two week from 16-17 o’clock (CET)
– If you participate in four calls, you receive a certificate.
Don’t have time to participate now? Register for our newsletter for updates when we will run this course again. You can find the sign-up in the footer.
“Hello! I’m Felix, co-founder of the first Green Office at Maastricht University in 2010. I worked at this GO as operations coordinator for two years next to my studies. In 2012, I co-founded rootAbility to spread the idea of student-led Green Offices across Europe. I supported and inspired students and staff to establish GOs at over 30 institutions in six European countries. In this course, I’m looking forward to working with you and helping you join the GO Movement.”
“Hi! I’m Anselm. I worked as the longest-serving Green Office employee at the Maastricht University Green Office, leading the team and working on sustainability reporting. In this regard I also developed the University Sustainability Assessment Framework. I now work as scientific staff at the Faculty of Sustainability of Leuphana University Lüneburg. I look forward to sharing my experiences and to help you create your own Green Office!”
FAQs about the course
We highly encourage students to participate that want to write their Bachelor or Master thesis, as well as a course project on the GO Model. Many students have done this already. It is a great way to free up the time you need to adapt the GO Model to your institution and write the funding proposal.
You cannot join this edition of the course anymore after the deadline has passed. However, we will run this course in German, starting in April. In September we will run the next English edition. You can reserve a spot for the September edition here or sign-up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page to be updated when the course comes closer.
We invite student groups or individual students to join. If you belong to a student group, it is best if 2-3 members join each call. Feel free to rotate, so that different people get the chance to join.
In your application, you can choose to participate in all calls, or just in selected ones. We offer this flexibility, because you might be in different stages of starting your GO. However, you do need to participate in at least 4 calls in order to receive a certificate at the end.
In April, we will run this course in German. You can find more information about this on the German course page.
Your participation in the online course is free, thanks to the support of Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt. Your only investment is your time, energy and enthusiasm.
That’s unfortunate. In your application, you can already indicate which call you might not be able to join. If you need to cancel on short notice, please write an email to Anselm beforehand. Registering for a call and then not showing up without letting us know is impolite.
I cannot participate in the course due to scheduling or because my time zone is too distant. What can I do?
The Green Office Model has so far only been successfully applied in Europe. It can certainly be used in any country and on any continent though. You will have to adapt it your circumstances, but the model is very flexible. If you want to get in touch about an initiative outside of Europe, you can get in touch with Giorgia from rootAbility.
What others say about the GO Model
“An outstanding project to train young people as transformation agents.”
Jury of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development
“This approach can increase the visibility of sustainability efforts among students, improving the potential for wider student engagement and learning.”
Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges