2016 is coming to a close. We wish you Merry Christmas and a good start into 2017. Before we end this year, let us celebrate 10 successes of the GO Movement in 2016:
1. Five new GOs joined the Movement and the first GOs opened in Italy (Turin) and Sweden (Gothenburg).
2. There has been a great increase in the number of lobbying efforts in Italy, thanks to the relentless efforts of the emerging Italy Expansion Team around Giorgia, Dario, Enkeleda, Arianna, Francesca, Paolo, Elise and Co. Initiatives in other countries continued starting up and lobbying their universities for support.
3. Studenten voor Morgen (NL), National Union of Students (UK), netzwerk n (DE) and rootAbility strengthened their relationships to better support GOs and GO initiatives in the Netherlands, Germany and UK,
4. Supporters of the GO Movement presented the GO Model on eight (inter)national conferences, taking place among others in Dublin, Rome, Siena, The Hague and Berlin.
5. The GO Coordinator for NL (Valerie till August and Femke since September) and the Student Network Coordinator from Studenten voor Morgen (Floor till June and Nikki since July) organised five working sessions around Living Labs, Meatless Mondays, Communications as well as Education and Research for GOs in NL together with us. They also organised an excursion together with GO Maastricht in July.
6. Since August, we published one blogpost every week, either written by a GO or rootAbility. The blogposts answer questions that people have send us, share experiences from GOs and updates on the Movement.
7. 10 student-led research projects on questions relevant for GOs were conducted, leading to tangible outcomes such as a Start-up Guide and SDG toolkit.
8. We had a very productive consultation process (including individual talks with GOs and sessions on the GO Summit) around strengthening and formalizing the GO Movement. The feedback has been very valuable and we will approach GOs again in January with the final idea that came out of this consultation: A programme GOs and Sustainability Hubs can participate in to improve their learning, exchange and joint action.
9. Anselm (rootAbility), Mercedes (GO Maastricht) and Alex (PhD at Maastricht University) continued developing the University Sustainability Assessment Framework (UniSAF). UniSAF will be launched in spring 2017, as a new open-source model that will provide indicators to GOs and students to assess the sustainability of their universities.
10. The VU Green Office hosted the European Green Office Summit this November in Amsterdam. VU.GO, Studenten voor Morgen and rootAbility jointly organized this great event for 90 students, staff and faculty from GOs and GO initiatives. You can view all the photos on our Facebook page. Special thanks go again to the great team from VU.GO who made this possible, especially Marthe, Megan and Ankie.
Wow! After this crazy and successful year it is now time to take a well-deserved break and recharge your energies. We are looking forward to seeing and working with all of you in the next year.
We wish you Merry Christmas and a good start into 2017.