Many Green Offices (GOs) exist at educational organisations across Europe. Despite their diversity, they run similar projects and encounter similar challenges. Why reinvent the wheel and work alone, when you can become part of an international community of change makers?
Our Learning, Exchange and Action Programme
Student employees and volunteers, as well as staff and alumni of GOs from all over Europe connect, support and learn from each other through the Learning, Exchange and Action (LEA) Programme. As part of the GO Movement’s learning network, you learn through Peer-Calls and Expert Webinars, access materials from other GOs and communicate with each other online.
- Save time, energy and money, by learning from the experiences of others
- Share experiences, knowledge and ideas in an international network
- Enhance your team spirit, by connecting with like-minded people from across Europe
The Peer-Calls are the heart of the LEA Programme. Together with students and staff from other GOs, you discuss your projects, get feedback, and find solutions to common challenges. Depending on your role in the GO, you can participate in one of these five groups that might work on the following topics:
|Embedding sustainability into courses, establishing new courses, student-led sustainability research (Living Lab), visibility of existing sustainability research, etc.|
|Plastic bottles and cups, paper, mobility and travel, catering and food, energy, procurement, waste and recycling, buildings etc.|
|Volunteer engagement, networking events, extra-curricular learning events, awards, behaviour change, showcasing existing sustainability efforts, raising awareness around sustainability, etc.|
|Sustainability assessment and reporting, participatory design of sustainability visions, roadmaps and policies, etc.|
|Running effective meetings, budget, team transitions, office hours, role clarity, dealing with supervisory board etc.|
Calls take place on Zoom every 4-6 weeks, lasting 60-90min. Topics to be discussed are determined at the beginning of the call. Make sure to bring your questions!
Webinars support the Peer-Calls, by addressing specific issues that come up in most calls. Webinar topics and frequency are decided by the community and we are open to any suggestions on what webinars to host. The webinars are given by a GO Alumni, other GOs, one of our partner organisations or rootAbility.
As an online forum we use a Facebook group for the Green Office Movement as well as more specific sub-groups, like one for GO alumni and initiatives. If you want to set-up your own sub-group around a certain topic or region/ country, we would be more than happy to also link it to the main GO Movement group.
Through the Resource Hub, you gain access to a well organised collection of 180 documents from GOs. Those include templates, project plans and guides. You can share documents through it with other GOs. Meeting notes from the Peer-Calls are also uploaded. You will get a link to the Resource Hub, if you join using the form below.
The Resource Hub allowed me to gather a complete overview of the expectations for each position in the GO model, which subsequently helped us build a solid foundation for the restructuring process of the University of Maastricht Green Office.
Alizé Huberlant, Team and Administration Coordinator of Maastricht University Green Office
You’re a student employee, volunteer, alumni or staff and your GO is already part of LEA? Then click on the button below, to receive invitations to the Peer-Calls, Expert webinars and access to the Resource Hub and the Forum. We invite student employees and volunteers, as well as staff members and Alumni of your GO to join. So make sure to spread the word!
To participate, make sure your Green Office subscribes to the programmes. Given the diversity among GOs, we encourage contributions up to 1% of your overall budget (as a department of your department’s budget). If you are currently developing your GO, make sure to include this contribution in your annual budget. A discount applies to Dutch GOs who are already a member of Studenten voor Morgen.
We’re a movement and show solidarity with each other. We realise that some GOs have very little resources. Still, we want this programme to be inclusive. This is why we make services publicly available and invite those who are unable to contribute to take part in them as well. However, we are dependent on contributions from those with resources to make this programme happen.
rootAbility is very thankful to the Green Offices below for making the LEA programme possible:
Contact Anselm for your GO to join the network
Your GO hasn’t subscribed yet? If you want to subscribe your GO, discuss how much to contribute or have another question about the programme, please get in contact with Anselm who is coordinating the Learning, Exchange and Action Programme at rootAbility.