Erasmus Sustainability

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Erasmus Involved

Erasmus involved is a collaborative effort of social student initiatives based on the Erasmus University campus. Through this platform we wish to inform you on the different initiatives and their activities. While also keeping you updated on new vacancies, events, or internships from partner companies.

www.erasmusinvolved.nl

Erasmus4Rotterdam

In the academic year 2014-2015 Erasmus University Rotterdam is asking students and members of the staff to take part on a voluntary basis in a social initiative that is hoped to have a major social impact in Rotterdam. The objective is to demonstrate Erasmus University’s commitment to the community of Rotterdam and the willingness of young people to give something back to the community. Moreover, in the process we want to build bridges between people of different generations, ethnic groups and levels of education.

Eramus 4 Rotterdam is a combination of voluntary work executed by volunteers, new (iconic) projects, one day projects, and structural projects, started by students/employees of the EUR as well as created and developed by various social foundations. Examples of foundations that offer these projects are: MasterPeace, Sinterklaasbank, Resto VanHarte, Stichting Lezen & Schrijven, Albeda College, UNICEF, Amnesty International, Poetry International, Marathon Rotterdam, and many more.

At this website, participants can join the gift to the city. Following this, they can start a new project or join an existing one.

Do you have questions? Please send an e-mail to erasmus4rotterdam@eur.nl and we will answer your query within 2 weekdays. Or you can visit our office at AT-17.

Project Green Challenge 2014

Project Green Challenge 2014 is a global call to action for college and high school students to transition from conventional to conscious living. PGC engages youth by uniting them in a commitment to cultivate a healthy and just planet and is comprised of 30 sustainability-themed challenges in 30 days throughout the month of October. Each challenge delves into a different theme (body, food, labeling, paper, fair trade, energy, etc.) and offers up to four challenge opportunities at varying levels of engagement. Participants receive points based on challenge completion and the top 20 daily submissions are awarded prizes. Since its inception in 2011, PGC has given thousands of powerful, dynamic, passionate young leaders from around the world an opportunity to step up to "be the change" in their own lives, school campuses, and local communities. Join Us!

Sign up to be a participant if you are in high school, college, or graduate school any place in the world.

Starting on October 1, all students who have signed up to participate will receive an email on that day with the challenge content and every day thereafter until October 30. Participants will take on a new challenge each day, focused on inspiring youth to transition from conventional to conscious living by taking simple, fun, and high impact steps to impact personal lifestyle, school campuses, and local communities. Challenges each have a unique theme; from food to body, fitness to labeling, style to fair trade … and four levels of engagement (Green, Greener, Greenest, Extra Credit). Participants share their responses to challenge tasks with direct uploads of photos, videos, and text to the PGC site, as well as posting on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Pinterest boards.

Points for each challenge are accrued by participants and posted on a leader board with a chance to win eco prizes for the 20 outstanding daily submissions. (Check out last year’s PGC here!)

Challenges are delivered by email to registered participants at 4 am PST each morning and posted on projectgreenchallenge.com for 24 hours. Participants complete the challenge tasks each day during that time frame working to become informed and active global citizens.

Challenges and all supporting resources, tips, facts, glossary, and Green Guide are available for deeper engagement.

Taking online courses on sustainability

This autumn several new massive open online courses (MOOCs) concerning sustainability will be available. To give you an idea of the options, here are two examples:

Technology for Biobased Products, taught jointly by experts from Delft University of Technology, BE-Basic foundation and University of Campinas. In this course, you will learn you about the basics of bio-based production and industrial biotechnology. Start: 1 October 2014.

The Age of Sustainable Development, taught by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Participants will gain a better understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development. This means economic development which is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Start: Autumn 2014.

Other courses given by Delft University of Technology are found here, many of which are also about sustainability. Many more (sustainable) MOOC subjects are available, for more inspiration look around on Coursera or Edx.

How many earths do you need to live on?

Anyone could join the Earth Hour in the Netherlands and that is exactly what happened. In the Netherlands the number of famous landmarks participating was more than ever, among them was also the Erasmus University. By jointly turning off the lights the Erasmus University sent a strong signal to show consumers, governments and businesses that we want to pass on a livable earth.

Even after the Eart Hour one can consciously handle everything the earth provides. Test your footprint by clicking on the image and map out what impact your personal lifestyle has on our earth. At the end of the test you will receive tips on how to reduce your footprint.

    

    

 

Turning off the lights for an hour

The Erasmus University also turned off the lights for an hour on Saturday 29 March. With this global event Earth Hour WWF calls attention to sustainability. Unfortunately, someone forgot to turn off the light in his office in the H-Building.

www.erasmusmagazine.nl/nieuws/detail/article/6850-een-uurtje-het-licht-uit/

Plant-based at EUR Facebook Group

A community of Erasmus University students and staff who eat (mostly) plant-based and want to see more healthy and sustainable non-animal food on campus.

Our mission is to identify plant-based eaters at EUR to provide support for each other and possibly change the food supply on campus to include less animal products and more 100% plant-based options.

Avoiding animal products can give you a hard time when living in a country like the Netherlands, where meat, fish, poultry, and dairy industries have a tight grip on the government and the population, where grown up people drink a glass of milk or buttermilk for lunch, and where the broodje-ham-en-kaas (roll with ham and cheese) is omnipresent in lunchrooms. We're on a mission to change that.

You can find us here: https://www.facebook.com/EURvegans

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Change for Good

This campaign forms part of our three-year commitment to raising funds for UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation focusing on children and child rights, working in more than 190 countries worldwide.

Azafady

Azafady is a registered charity who, with the help of volunteers from around the world, steps off the beaten track to respond to the directly expressed and urgent needs of some of the most marginalised communities and most threatened environments in the world. Based in south east Madagascar Azafady has a broad range of environmental, humanitarian and sustainable livelihoods projects working alongside local communities, offering interns an unforgettable experience and the chance to work on the frontline of an international grassroots organisation.

Situated off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is one of the world’s top conservation priorities with some 80% of its animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth. However, while it may be environmentally rich, deforestation from slash-and-burn agriculture and other pressures threatens the local wildlife and with over 80% of the population living on under $1.25 per day, access to education, health care and even safe drinking water is incredibly limited. Infant mortality is a horrendous 1 in 10 nationally - and as high as 4 in 10 in the extremely impoverished south east region of Anosy where Azafady is based.

What does Azafady do?
For over 16 years, Azafady have worked with local organisations to help change these shocking statistics by ensuring our projects are both useful to and requested by the local people. Using specialist knowledge and an award winning team of experienced project leaders, whether you choose conservation, construction, English teaching or sustainable livelihoods programmes, our placements offer you the opportunity to gain invaluable experience as a member of a grassroots organisation by being involved in all aspects of your project from the start.

Who are the volunteer programmes suitable for?
If you are 18 or over and are interested in a career in conservation, development or international charity work, or just want the opportunity to be part of a team of likeminded individuals working towards a vital cause, a placement with Azafady is the ideal starting point. Our structured programmes allow you to develop existing abilities and learn new skills that can enrich your CV whether you want to pursue a career in conservation or community development, or want to take part in an international internship during a break from studying or work. See what our previous volunteers have said here.

See www.madagascar.co.uk for more details, program information and contact information.

Sustainable RSM - Rotterdam School of Management

Sustainable RSM aims at achieving the lasting commitment of the RSM Community – consisting of academic, managerial, and support staff, as well as present and former students, of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University – to the performance of social and environmentally sustainable business operations.

In 2011 key targets were identified for the campus to begin addressing 2012 through 2015. In January 2012, the targets, proposed policies, and requested support was presented to the RSM Management Team. The Management Team agreed to take the proposals into consideration and focused on Sustainability strategizing over the summer of 2012.

From that point forward, the Management Team was involved in a series of strategic discussions with the promise of employee involvement in 2013. Dean Steef van de Velde invites "each and everyone of [us] to understand, hone, support, execute the strategy to shape RSM 3.0."

Net Impact RSM

Net Impact represents a new generation of leaders spanning sectors and industries who are putting their business skills to work for a better world. Our programming helps 20,000+ members in nearly 280 chapters worldwide to transform their careers to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line — but people and planet, too.

www.netimpact.org.

STAR Reach Out

Reach Out is the former 'Community Development National Team' which is part of the Study Association STAR. Reach Out organizes a number of events and projects with the help of BA and IBA students to support the Rotterdam society. Through this project students attain the opportunity to help their community, by becoming a volunteer, but you also have the opportunity to develop yourself. We think that everyone deserves a chance. You can make the difference!