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U4 Summer School ‘Creating a Climate for Change’

During the U4 sustainability meeting in May 2017 in Uppsala it was decided that the U4 would organize a Summer School on integrated sustainability that would help universities move forward in their sustainability quests.

During the year 2017/2018, the University of Groningen set to work, organizing a programme and collecting cases.

During the summer of 2018 the first edition of the U4 Summer School Creating a Climate for Change, was held in Groningen.

Nineteen highly motivated students from fourteen different nationalities set to work on cases brought forward by the U4 partners. In order to help them think about the cases they received lectures from different disciplines. Some more theoretical, others in the form of practical exercises.

The students worked on Urban Farming (Uppsala), Digital Participation towards Sustainability (Ghent), and Greening the City (Groningen). For each case, students had the chance to confer with a stakeholder. Three interdisciplinary groups worked on the cases, approaching them from different angles and tried to come up with solutions that did not only work towards resolving the case itself but also took into account other (social) sustainability issues.

During the week, the Summer School was organised sustainably as well. Students travelled the city by bus or bike and the catering was vegan.

On Wednesday there was an excursion to the ‘Stadsakker’. The Stadsakker is a plot of land near the city where vegetables are grown that are sold in the shop in the city center which carries the same name (vegetable gardening shop). There students took vegetables to a different location ‘Toentje’. At Toentje vegetables are grown specifically for the food bank (an organization where the city’s less affluent can get some free food). At this location, members of the Green Office of the University of Groningen cooked a lovely home cooked meal for the students.

Last modified:11 September 2018 2.43 p.m.
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