In November of this year, the yearly summit for EU Green Offices took place in Ghent! The Green Office principle is international, with the founding year of Groningen dating back to 2014. From that moment on, more and more Green Offices were installed across other universities in the Netherlands. The European Green Office Summit (EUGOS) of this year was organised by the Green Office of the University of Ghent. We got together with 23 other offices from 8 different countries.
We went to Ghent as student team of the Green Office Groningen, of course by train! When we arrived in Ghent, an extensive program was waiting for us in a beautiful city.
On Thursday, the traditional fair took place at which each Green Office presented various projects. We got a lot of questions regarding our ambassadorsprogram, the summer school and our promotion material. We also got a lot of inspiration for new projects. For example from a Green Office that visualized all the different trees on their campus, or another Green Office that set up fun activities concerning waste.
Friday and Saturday were dedicated to several workshops. You can see a short overview of some of the workshops below.
Gloria: "I really enjoyed the session about social sustainability. We reflected upon the role of a university within the field of sustainability and came to the conclusion that institutions such as the UG should be used as a medium to spread the message about sustainability."
Svea: "I personally liked the project management workshop the best. We discussed challenges that we faced in our Green Offices and found solutions to those problems. Learning new approaches of how to deal with these was really helpful and I hope to use some of those strategies."
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