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 institution.
The movement is developed by RootAbility and is based upon 6 principles.
6 Green Office 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.
Why a Green Office?
Empower students, staff and faculty to lead change towards sustainability
Structurally embed sustainability within the institution
Coordinate, initiate and facilitate sustainability activities
Make sustainability visible to students, staff and faculty
Link to an international network of Green Offices
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