There are many arguments why the GO Model can help to advance sustainability at your university, college or school. We have compiled the eight strongest arguments for you below. Hopefully, they will help you to convince your institution to support you in setting up and running a GO:
(1) Structurally embed sustainability within the institution: Change towards sustainability does not happen by itself. Unfortunately, still too many people believe that sustainability transitions can be managed on the backs of few, highly committed employees and students volunteering their time. The GO provides the mandate, resources, platform, space and legitimacy for people to create an impact far beyond what volunteers could achieve.
(2) Build partnerships between students, staff and faculty to lead change towards sustainability: Oftentimes sustainability efforts of students, staff and faculty are isolated and everybody does their own thing. The GO model provides a platform for these stakeholders to work together. If done well, this can unleash incredible synergy effects.
(3) Take a whole-institutions approach: Sustainability hubs inspired by the GO Model should work on advancing sustainability in education, research, operations, community and governance. In this way they become the central platform to coordinate and launch initiatives across the institution.
(4) Run activities, coordinate initiatives and advance strategy: For organisational change to happen, a successful GO should fulfil three functions: Run tangible activities, coordinate sustainability activities of existing actors, and advance the institution’s sustainability strategy. High-impact GOs fulfil all three functions.
(5) Make sustainability visible: For sustainable behaviours and decision-making to become the new ‘normal’, they need to be embedded in the organisational culture. An important precondition is that people know what is happening, what the ambitions are and whom to contact to get involved. One major function of a GO is to make sustainability efforts and opportunities for engagement visible.
(7) Link to an international movement: Your sustainability hub should develop strong links with students, staff and faculty from sustainability hubs that are part of the GO Movement. This is how you can learn from your peers, run joint projects, exchange staff and add an important international dimension to your work.
(8) Open-source, award-winning and ready to implement: Our open-source change-making strategy is a key factor why the GO model has spread so quickly. You can read our materials online, here, and contact us for support. Also the fact that the model is based on six principles that can be adapted to any organisation provides you with a lot of flexibility to design your own sustainability hub. The GO has also become an internationally recognized and award winning model, making it easier for you to show that the model works.
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Text by Felix Spira