A new academic year, more Green Offices than ever and a new GO Coordinator This article aims to give an answer to all of your urgent questions about Green Offices and my plans as GO coordinator for the coming year.
Q1: What are Green Offices (GOs)?
A Green Office Model is the vision of a student-led and staff-supported sustainability hub that initiates, coordinates, and supports sustainability activities at an institution of higher or further education. (rootAbility)
Some facts and figures about the GO Movement:
- First GO was founded in Maastricht in 2010
- 25 GOs in the Netherlands, Germany, UK and Belgium
- 17 GO initiatives in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Italy
- > 100 students and staff employees
- Winner of UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development
- Quite an impressive growth over the last years!
Q2: Who am I?
This is an easy one. Read all of my personal life and origins of GO love in this article.
Getting started: Valerie (former GO coordinator), Giorgia (Rootability), Tim (Rootability), Hanna (Morgen), Felix (Rootability), Femke (current GO Coordinator), Anselm (Rootability) and Nikki (Morgen) on a GO lobby session organised by Rootability.
Q3: What are my plans as GO coordinator?
Shortly, my main tasks are to increase the visibility of the GO Movement and support GOs in the Netherlands and Belgium. The support comes in three forms. The first is coordination of the GO movement by trying to keep the overview of contact details and different projects. The second is process facilitation of the individual GOs by organizing workshops and helping to solve problems. The third is internal communication on important information and events concerning the movement.
I will work closely together with rootAbility and Studenten voor Morgen. Probably Nikki (Student Network responsible at Morgen) and I will visit all GOs.
Q4: What will I be writing about on ds.nl?
Most of my articles will highlight GO stories. I would like to celebrate their success stories and try to learn about their and my failures. Furthermore, you can expect some stories coming from my thesis research about empowerment and GOs. Lastly I would like to write some articles about topics that I find personally interesting or worthwhile sharing like environmental communication and hitchhiking.
Q5: Where to with YOUR questions as a Green Office?
Enough about me. If you have questions or any kind of feedback for me, don’t hesitate to write/call me or pass by in Wageningen. Looking forward to meeting you all!
t: 0032 487 38 65 96
The blogpost was written by Femke, and will also be published on duurzamestudent.nl