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The Green Office Movement

"A Green Office (GO) is a platform for sustainability that is established and run by students with the support of the university or Applied Sciences school staff members. The primary goal of a GO is to ensure that the institution is becoming more sustainable in all its facets. This way, the sustainable initiatives of GOs become more visible and thus the involvement of students on sustainability is stimulated."

Six Principles

The Green Office model, initiated by RootAbility, exists out of six principles:

1) Students & Staff

A dynamic team of student employees, volunteers and university staff form the core of a Green Office. They are directly responsible for running the Green Office and its activities.

2) Mandate

The Green Office receives an official mandate to drive the sustainability transition of the university, by creating new impulses, connecting and empowering actors, improving communications or developing sustainability strategies.

3) Resources

The university grants a budget to pay for salaries, training, project expenses and office space. These resources are crucial to guarantee the continuity and commitment of student, and enable them to implement high-impact projects.

4) Integration

The Green Office is integrated into the institution’s organisational structure, and is supervised by a steering group. The Green Office team also joins relevant sustainability committees.

5) Collaboration

All activities of the team are conducted in close collaboration and partnership with internal and external stakeholders. The Green Office also becomes part of the vibrant network of Green Offices around Europe.

6) Training

The Green Office and its volunteers receive training from rootAbility. This helps to inspire and motivate them, and build their competencies as sustainability change agents.

The Beginning

The Green Office movement began in 2010 as an experiment at Maastricht University and since then has turned into a international movement engaging hundreds of students and staff.

A Green Office is a student-led and staff-supported sustainability hub that coordinates and initiates a dynamic change process towards sustainability within your academic institution.

The movement is developed by RootAbility.

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