Gothenburg Students for Sustainability
Gothenburg Students for Sustainability is a team of students who work together with the university’s Environmental Department to empower students to act on sustainability at Gothenburg University and beyond. In this way, the Green Office creates a bridge between the university’s sustainability efforts and the student community. It is inspired by the Green Office Model.
» Organised a sustainability day for 350 participants
» Launched an initiative to become Sweden’s 1st Fairtrade University
» Investigated sustainability aspects in the procurement process of new cafes and restaurants at the university
» Mobilised students to join the Global Strike for Future of high school students from around the world
» Organised various events, including talks, excursions, movie nights and lectures
» Coordinates a network of student sustainability groups at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology
3 student employees are part of the team. They work closely together with the university’s Environmental Department and student sustainability groups. The students use workspace of the university’s Environmental Department.
Founding story of the Gothenburg Students for Sustainability
Before the Green Office, the university already had an active environmental department. Staff and students saw a good addition to existing efforts in the Green Office Model, to further involve students. The Green Office was founded in 2016, after a reorganisation of the Environmental Department. It is the first Green Office at a Swedish University.
Gothenburg Students for Sustainability is part of Gothenburg University, in Sweden. 38,000 students study and 8,500 staff work at the university. Upon its founding, this Green Office was approved by the Executive Board and became part of the Environmental Department. In 2017, the Green Office had a budget to pay the student salaries. The students could mobilise funds for projects through the Environmental Department. For more information, you can visit their website.