One of the focus point of the Eurekaweek is sustainability. Sustainability something that is increasingly being brought to the attention and which is becoming more important. Not only from the university, but also from the city of Rotterdam, there is an incentive to do sustainable business. The Eurekaweek is happy to contribute to these developments. Both during the week itself and during the preparations for it, we always try to choose the most green and sustainable options. We do this together with EUR sustainability organizations and other partners. Although we can still improve a lot, we have already taken some major steps this year!
What are we doing?
During the preparation, we have always included sustainability in the process. Products have been produced in the most sustainable way possible. For example, all letters are printed on recycled paper and all printed matter is sustainable. We also have halved our shipments by no longer sending paper mail to foreign students. In addition, some paper marketing tools have been replaced, and it has been decided to send invitations only by e-mail. Hardcups are used during a number of events. Where that is not possible, biodegradable cups are used. Waste is also collected and processed separately as much as possible.
Sustainable Introduction Stunt 2019
This year, the Eurekaweek will again participate in the sustainable introduction stunt (DIS). The DIS is an annual competition to make the introduction time as sustainable as possible. The Eurekaweek will again participate this year for the title "Most Sustainable Introduction Week". Our sustainability plan contains all the points that we will focus on to achieve this title.
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The Eurekaweek Board has signed a CSR statement which underlines the importance of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
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What can you do yourself to contribute to sustainability during Eurekaweek?
- Come by bike as much as possible! This is not only healthy for you but also better for the environment
- Return hardcups to the bars so that we can reuse them.
- Separate waste as much as possible. Waste separation bins will be available at almost every event.
- Use water taps and use a refillable drinking bottles as much as possible.
If you notice something during the week or you have a great, sustainable solution, don't hesitate to contact the organization!
Charity - Join for Joy
61 million children worldwide do not have access to primary education. School sport is a powerful tool to motivate children to come to school and stay at school. By training teachers in rural schools in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, Join for Joy contributes to the right to meaningful education for every child.
Join for Joy supports primary schools in rural areas of Africa with training, material and expertise in implementing a sports and play program. The implementation of a Sports and play program for one primary school consists of 3 training phases, has an average duration of two to three years and costs EUR 10,000.
Join for Joy now gives to more than 39,000 children in elementary schools in Zambia, Kenya and Uganda regular sports and play in order for them to get the chance to be a child and to develop their talents in a playful way. Currently 60 primary schools in the rural areas of Kenya, Uganda and Zambia participate in the Sport and play program of Join for Joy.
Since the introduction of the program, the following results have been established:
- Fewer dropouts and more attendance of children at school.
- More energy and concentration during the regular lessons.
- More confidence and development of undiscovered talents.
- Girls become confident and resilient.
- The distance between teacher and child is reduced, making problems that children experience at home or in their environment easier to discuss.
Eurekaweek has been working with the Rotterdam Food Bank for several years. The food left over after lunch on Monday and Tuesday will be donated. In addition, everything else that remains after the week will also be donated to the food bank.