Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, has announced the names of the first winners of the newly established UNESCO-Japan Prize for outstanding projects related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The UNESCO-Japan Prize was established to honour outstanding efforts of individuals, institutions and organizations engaged in ESD activities.
Guess who is among the winners? Right: rootAbility and the Green Office! Read more on the website of UNESCO, here.
This is a big deal for us, since hundreds of applications from around the world have been handed in for the prize. Also the prize money is USD 50 000! This will be a huge boost for our efforts to further spread the Green Office Model and strengthen the Green Office Movement.
This is quite a historic moment. Some of us remember quite well how we opened the doors of Maastricht University Green Office exactly five years ago in September 2010. Back then we had no furniture in the office and knew nothing about sustainability in higher education. It was a complete journey into the dark.
Now, five years later we can proudly say that this little experiment is turning into an international movement with now 14 funded Green Offices at universities and universities of applied sciences in 6 countries, and numerous Green Offices in the pipeline. Check out the map here.
The prize strengthens the recognition and value of the Green Office Model and shows that we are heading into the right direction.
Thank you again to everyone who supported us in this journey. Special thanks to Masami from the Goi Peace Foundation who nominated us for the prize.
Congrats to all Green Offices and Green Office Initiatives. This is your day!
The award will be handed over in Paris on 05.11. We will keep you posted.