Erasmus Sustainability Hub
At Erasmus University Rotterdam, there is a growing number of students and staff members that feel a responsibility for applying sustainable solutions in their own lives. The Erasmus Sustainability Hub is founded to support and inspire this process bottom-up in a pleasant and acceptable way. The Erasmus Sustainability Hub (ESH) is the central location on campus that provides the link between Erasmus University students and sustainability-minded academics, organisations, businesses, government projects and all kind of practises.
A 'right here, right now' mentality, to make sustainability applicable to daily uni-life
The ESH strongly binds all sustainable initiatives together, resulting in one big group of people working together to make a change. All of us are connected by our devotion to sustainability and making a meaningful difference within our university community to set an example for the rest of the world. We believe that sustainable development is fundamental for meeting the needs of the present and future generations. In addition, we believe that students can play a key role in making this development happen, from a “right here, right now” mentality to make sustainability applicable to our daily uni-life. We envision the students to take this knowledge and practices into their future lives and careers.
Sustainable projects and events
All projects and events of the ESH are focused on 6 themes: Sustainable Waste, Sustainable Fashion, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Education, Sustainable Economics & Society, Sustainable Food. Various students represent these themes and organise all kinds of activities to raise awareness on their issues and inspire students to make a change themselves. The Erasmus Sustainability Hub has founded various initiatives:
EdibleEUR is THE garden on campus that is maintained by students. We invite all students to get their hands dirty and grow some crops! With an edible campus, both students and staff are not only invited to enjoy locally produced foods, but are also challenged to think and talk about issues around sustainability. Apart from the garden, the Edible Campus project strives to create this community feel on campus, in which we all grow plants together and share their fruits.
EURWardrobe is an initiative that seeks to combat the rottening of clothes in students' wardrobes. The idea: If we all share our unwanted clothes, we can create our own big united wardrobe on campus. With this initiative, we want to raise awareness concerning clothing consumption and the great potential of secondhand shopping and sharing.
The Erasmus FoodLab is an experimental playground for both academic and field research on the marketing of healthy, sustainable and plantbased food. The FoodLab is located at the Hub and sets an example of sustainable food culture, bringing students, researchers, cooks and food entrepreneurs, and professionals together. The student’s team of Erasmus FoodLab guides plant-based cooking workshops for students every Wednesday and organises various events to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle on campus.
The biggest event of the year is the Erasmus Sustainability Days (ESD). During this four-days event, sustainability is a central topic at the whole university and students will be able to connect to inspirational speakers, businesses and initiatives.
How to get involved?
At the Erasmus University, nationally and internationally there is a growing community of people that are aware of the sustainability issues we are facing and that feel an urgency to take action. The Erasmus Sustainability Hub is the place on campus where we invite all students and employees to think about these issues and together create events, campaigns, projects and more to raise awareness on these issues and take action. You can become an active member of our community for €5,- euros a year. By becoming a member you will receive discounts to events that we or our partners organise, have the possibility to participate actively in projects and most of all meet like-minded students that also care about the environment.
Members will also have the possibility to apply for a board position or join a committee. The applications for the positions will open yearly around May.
As the Erasmus Sustainability Hub and Erasmus Involved merged on the 15 of January this year, you will still have to register via the website of Erasmus Involved to become a member. We collectively decided to continue as one organisation under the name ‘Erasmus Sustainability Hub’.