About the Green Office Movement

The Green Office Movement involves students, staff and academics working to advance sustainability in and beyond higher education. The Green Office Model, a student-led and staff-supported sustainability platform, is at the core of this movement.

Our vision is that higher education institutions become catalysts for sustainability; our mission is to institutionalise sustainability in higher education. Read more about our vision, accomplishments and development opportunities here.

A history of the first 10 years of the Green Office Movement is presented in this interactive prezi.

On this website you can learn how to establish a Green Office, discover Green Office case studies, and get ideas for how to make your university sustainable.

A core team of staff and volunteers at SOS International is happy to help you set up and run a Green Office, and join the GO Movement. Since 2020, the Green Office Movement is a programme of Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS) International. You can find more information about how and why the Movement became part of SOS International here.

National networks support and connect Green Offices in the following countries: Germany – netzwerk n; the Netherlands – Studenten voor Morgen

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Get in touch to start your Green Office and join the movement

Maartje Zaal

“Get in touch with me, if you want to get support through a workshop to start or run your Green Office, or know more about the GO Movement membership.”

Email Maartje

Ann-Sofie Van Enis

“Get in touch with me to learn more about the Ambassador Track, or to book a workshop as an established Green Office.”

Email Ann-Sofie

Anselm Grahl

“Students and student groups from northern and central Europe can get in touch with me to start their Green Office.”

Email Anselm

Giorgia Silvestri

“Students and staff from Mediterranean countries and anywhere outside Europe can contact me to start their Green Offices.”

Email Giorgia

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This website was originally developed as a learning platform by rootAbility and the UNESCO Chair Higher Education for Sustainable Development at Leuphana University Lüneburg between February 2017 and July 2019. The development was kindly financed by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt.

rootAbility acted as the main catalyst for the Green Office Movement, by spreading, supporting, and connecting Green Offices from 2012 until 2020. The Movement is now a programme of SOS International.

Project team: Felix Spira and Tim Strasser from rootAbility and Anselm T. Grahl and Maik Adomßent from Leuphana University.

We would like to thank all Green Offices who shared their experiences with us to make this website possible.

Special thanks also to Giorgia Silvestri, Arian Meyer, Ragnar Martens, Tobias Stetter, Ulrich Scharf, Anne Spira and Valentin Tappeser for their feedback and contributions.