Some exciting things have been happening at rootAbility and within the Green Office (GO) Movement:
(1) The first GO EXCURSION took place: Some of the current GO teams from across the Netherlands and Belgium met in Maastricht to come back to the original roots of the movement. GO Maastricht organized a great day for us. GO teams got to know each other, exchange knowledge, had great food, and a fun time. See some of the photos in this post:
(2) As more and more GOs are being launched (we have 25 by now), we are preparing the launch of a MEMBER DRIVEN NETWORK to better coordinate, support and resource the international movement, based on the Green Office model. The idea for this emerged at the first European GO Summit in October 2014, and we continued to develop it over the years.
(3) The team at VU Green Office in Amsterdam is doing a terrific job to prepare the NEXT GO SUMMIT. The summit will take place in Amsterdam from November 17th-20th. GOs from across Europe will attend and already now we have over 70 expressions of interest to attend. We will organize workshops around professional development, knowledge exchange, sustainability issues and the GO Movement.
(4) At the same time, we are seeing the GO MODEL EVOLVES more and more, as it is spreading not only among universities but also universities of applied sciences (Hogeschool Utrecht launched its GO in March). We are now working together with teams at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, as well as Scalda – the first Vocational and Technical College interested in the GO Model.
(5) More collaboration for rooting sustainability not just within the university but also in URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES is also a key topic for the Green Office in Bologna that is getting active in Italy. This illustrates how the GO Movement is evolving towards not only integrating sustainability within university activities but also spreading its roots into private, public and civil sector organizations.
(6) We are in the second round to apply for a FUNDING APPLICATION together with Leuphana University Lüneburg. Our project pitch was successful and now we are invited to submit a full application in the coming months. Our goal is to finance a project where we analyse all existing 25 GOs in-depth, improve the GO Model further and massively improve the open-source materials that we have, as well as support that we give to GOs.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Text by Tim Strasser and Felix Spira. Photos by Floor van den Elzen from Studenten voor Morgen.