WHAT IS THE NACHHALTIGKEITSWOCHE (SUSTAINABILITY WEEK)? The Sustainability Week is a student run project that takes place each year at five universities in Zurich. It is the largest student sustainability event in Switzerland. It aims to: - Reach and inform as many students as possible about sustainability issues and engage them in constructive dialogue about these issues. - Set concrete sustainability demands to the universities. - Connect the five universities in relation to sustainability issues and support the student sustainability organisations at the five universities.
BRINGING SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES TO OUR CAMPUSES Since 2013 the Sustainability Week has aimed to make a wide range of sustainability issues accessible and exciting to the student population as wel as the wider public. It has held over 120 events and attracted over 10,000 visitors in the four years it has been running.
ENGAGING STUDENTS IN DIALOGUE WITH KEY ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC FIGURES A selection of guests at the Sustainability Week have included (from r to l) Anton Affentranger, CEO of Implenia, Switzerland’s largest construction company; Lino Guzel a, Vice-Chancel or ETH; Melanie Joy, President of Beyond Carnism; Michael Hengartner, Vice-Chancel or UZH; Kai Niebert, sustainability researcher and advisor; Irmi Seidl, economic growth critic; Mark Post, developer of cultured beef; Rudolf Minsch, Chief economist, Economiesuisse.
2016: THE MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR YET In 2016 the Sustainability Week attracted over 4,000 visitors, an increase of 1,500 from 2015.
SUSTAINABILITY WEEK CAMPUSES 2016 • ETH main campus • ETH Hönggerberg campus • University of Zurich main campus • University of Zurich Irchel campus • Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH) • Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) • Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) (ZHDK and ZHAW share a campus) LINKING THE UNIVERSITIES: THE SUSTAINABILITY WEEK GROWS. In 2013 it took place at the University of Zurich. In 2014 it took place at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. In 2015 it expanded to a further three universities, Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). In 2016 it took place at 5 Universities and 6 campuses.
ALL OF THE STUDENT UNIONS OF THE 5 UNIVERSITIES BECOME PARTNERS OF THE SUSTAINABILITY WEEK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2016
2016: THE SUSTAINABILITY WEEK MAKES CONCRETE DEMANDS TO THE UNIVERSITIES TO INCREASE SUSTAINABILTY OUTCOMES The Sustainability Week asked the universities to: • Increase research and teaching on the problems associated with economic growth. • Develop strategies for sustainable investment (divestment). • Write a sustainability report. • Develop concepts for reducing airplane travel emissions. • Integrate sustainability issues more strongly into teaching and research. • We also made a demand to the students to become more actively engaged in sustainability issues. These demands were discussed at an internal conference during the week, which was attended by student and staff representatives from the five universities. They were also presented at the main event each day.
SWISS STUDENT UNION RELEASES PAPER OF SUSTAINABILIY DEMANDS TO ALL SWISS UNIVERSITITES AT THE SUSTAINABILITY WEEK OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE In a national first the Swiss Student Union published a paper of demands asking al Swiss Universities to integrate a range of sustainability measures in their operation. The Zurich Sustainability Week was the official launch site of this paper. Action days were held at Universities around Switzerland to coincide with the release of the paper. A range of media as wel as university representatives attended the press conference, including the Vice-Chancel or of the University of Zurich.
SUSTAINABILITY WEEK IN THE MEDIA The Sustainability Week received increased media attention in 2016. It was reported about over 20 times in a range of regional, local and university newspapers and websites.
A TEAM EFFORT The Sustainability Week is organised voluntarily by a group of motivated students. As the week has grown, so too has its organisational structure. In 2013 and 2014 Annuscha Wassmann coordinated the week alone. In 2015 Flora Märki and Luca Bronzini lead the team. In 2016 the leadership team grew to six. Over 60 students were involved in organising the 2016 Sustainability Week 6 and during the week over 100 new students registered their interest to help organise the week in 2017.
ACHIEVMENTS A number of requests made by the Sustainability Week since 2013 have already been adopted by the universities. These include the creation of a sustainability delegate position at the University of Zurich, the biggest university in Switzerland; the publishing of a sustainability report by the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology); the opening of a vegan/vegetarian cafeteria at the University of Zurich; and the introduction of a minor in environment studies at the University of Zurich.
THE SUSTAINABILITY WEEK IN PICTURES
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