Here we present sustainability initiatives launched by UZH's faculties and student organizations that go beyond teaching and research.
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- Sustainability Committee of the Faculty of Science
- University of Zurich Student Association Sustainability Commission
- Sustainability Week Zurich
- [project 21]
- VSN|FDD|FSS - Swiss Association of student organizations for Sustainability
- sneep - student network for ethics in economics and practice – Zurich section
- Commission for Development Issues (KfE)
- Initiative Psychologie im Umweltschutz (IPU) Schweiz
- Giving What We Can
- Amnesty International University Group Zurich
- Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières Zürich
- Marrow Zurich
- Animal Rights Switzerland - University Group Zurich
Sustainability Committee of the Faculty of Science
The members of the sustainability committee represent each of the divisions of the MNF. Currently the committee is working on projects relating to teaching, discontinuing the use of PET bottles on campus, promoting sustainable food choices at the mensa and in their aperos, and supporting student projects. Input and participation from anyone with enthusiasm to make the Faculty more aware and active in sustainability is appreciated.
University of Zurich Student Association Sustainability Commission
The University of Zurich Student Association's Sustainability Commission works toward promoting sustainability both at the University and in the private lives of UZH students. The commission's wide-ranging activities include launching and organizing the University's annual Sustainability Week. The group also collaborates with student organizations at other universities that act in the interest of sustainability.
Sustainability Week Zurich
Since 2013 the Sustainability Week takes place at five universities in Zurich, namely UZH, ETH Zurich, Zurich University of Teacher Education, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Zurich University of the Arts. Every year student volunteers organize numerous events on the topic of sustainability, which take place during one week in March. The event series is organized by students from diverse disciplines. In 2017, the Sustainability Week achieved a new record with over 5‘000 attendants. Besides, the Sustainability Week is active in university policy to promote sustainability.
Project 21 is a student association in Zurich that strives to foster sustainability at Zurich's universities and other institutions of higher education. It serves as the administrative platform for student projects in the area of sustainability as well as a network for exchanging ideas and views among students committed to sustainability issues. The core focus of activities concerns ETH Zurich. The association's activities include organizing and carrying out the Sustainability Week, a series of events on sustainability topics with presentations, workshops, and other events.
Project 21 (in German)
VSN|FDD|FSS - Swiss Association of student organizations for Sustainability
Swiss student organizations that work toward sustainability are members in the umbrella organization VSN|FDD|FSS. The group's main goal is strengthening sustainable development in teaching, research, and university infrastructure, as well as in the daily life of a university's community. To achieve this goal, the group focuses particularly on linking and coordinating existing sustainability initiatives; other measures include participation in national events and other projects. In addition, the umbrella organization VSN|FDD|FSS works with the VSS (association of Swiss student bodies) on issues related to higher education policy.
sneep - student network for ethics in economics and practice – Zurich section
sneep is a network that offers students a forum for critical reflection on traditional forms of economy and promotes public discourse on economic and corporate ethics. The activities of the Zurich section generally take place during the semester and include the organization of podium discussions, symposiums, lunch-hour presentations, film evenings with discussions, and other activities.
Commission for Development Issues (KfE)
The organization focuses on development cooperation. Activities include for instance networking with other interested stakeholders, event organization to raise awareness for concerns of different world regions as well as the implementation of projects related to development cooperation.
Initiative Psychologie im Umweltschutz (IPU) Schweiz
This association, founded in 2006 at UZH, is open to all students and professionals (researchers or practitioners) involved in in the fields of psychology, social sciences, and environmental sciences. The association organizes conferences, talks, and informal gatherings, and carries out other activities. The group aims to raise awareness for environmental psychology and to provide tools to apply psychological knowledge in the areas of environmental protection and the promotion of sustainability. In addition, the association offers a platform for members to share their experiences.
Giving What We Can
Giving What We Can is an international society dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty in the developing world. Its mission is to inspire donations to the world's most effective charities. Giving What We Can uses evidence to identify those organizations and shares its findings. Members pledge to give at least 10% of their income to the organizations which do the most good with their donations. The Swiss local chapter of Giving What We Can is run by students and associates of UZH and ETH.
Amnesty International University Group Zurich
The university group organizes activities such as presentations, film screenings, and info booths on human rights issues. The fortnightly meetings provide the opportunity to discuss current human rights issues.
Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières Zürich
The association “Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières Zürich” offers students a forum for in-depth exchange on global health issues. This includes the organization of events and dialogue between students and staff of Médecins Sans Frontières.
The student association aims at raising awareness for the importance of blood stem cell donation and to further expand the international register of donors. To do so, Marrow Zurich organises conferences, informational meetings, fundraising events and events to recruit further blood stem donors.
Animal Rights Switzerland - University Group Zurich
The university group of Animal Rights Switzerland fosters reflection on our relation to animals at Zurich higher education campuses. The group organizes talks, reading groups, meet-ups, and film presentations on topics related to animal rights and plant-based living.