The 2019 School-wide Sustainability Challenge

By Annika Erickson-Pearson A month ago, a couple of Environmental Committee members came to the rest of the group with an idea: what if we could do a sustainability or “green” challenge to educate and motivate our student body to take more sustainable actions in their everyday lives? Naturally, we loved the idea and jumpedContinue reading “The 2019 School-wide Sustainability Challenge”

Global Climate Strike for Future mobilized masses in Geneva on 15 March

By Maximilian Czekalla On Friday afternoon 15 of March, cars and public transport in Geneva downtown had to make space for a group of thousands of people protesting for climate action. As part of the movement “Global Climate Strike for Future”, a mixed crowd of mostly young, but also several older people, gathered in theContinue reading “Global Climate Strike for Future mobilized masses in Geneva on 15 March”

2019 EC snowshoeing trips

By Victoria Gonzalez After such a great experience last year, the Environmental Committee decided to gear up again, break away from the overcast weather in Geneva, and get knee-deep in the snow on our winter snowshoeing trips! The activity was so popular that we divided the trip into two consecutive Saturdays. Those brave enough toContinue reading “2019 EC snowshoeing trips”

Reflections on 2018 by our president

by Gianluca Gygax Semester breaks always provide me with some time to reflect on achievements and on what I have learned. The last semester was arduous, enriching and rewarding for multiple reasons. However, what stands out the most, is having had the pleasure to be the Environmental Committee President and leading a group of incrediblyContinue reading “Reflections on 2018 by our president”

2018 in EC

The IHEID Environmental Committee looks back on a successful 2018. Over 20 active committee members from different academic programs were committed to dedicate a significant amount of their free time to spark discussions about environmental issues and to promote sustainability across the IHEID community. The Environmental Committee represented the entire student body as a memberContinue reading “2018 in EC”

Sustaining peace in an era of climate change

by Eva Bortolotti and Annika Erickson-Pearson The Environmental Committee (EC) brought the emerging debate on the intertwined paths of climate change and security to the Geneva Peace Week stage on the 7th November 2018.  The panel discussion, organized at the Palais de Nations in collaboration with the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), saw a largeContinue reading “Sustaining peace in an era of climate change”

The EC visits the International Environmental House of Geneva

by Victoria Gonzalez Last month, on the 16th of November, the Environmental Committee had the opportunity to visit the International Environmental House of Geneva. We were hosted by the Geneva Environment Network which connects over 75 organization in and around Geneva; providing many internship and job opportunities in the sector. After learning the history ofContinue reading “The EC visits the International Environmental House of Geneva”

The EC community

ROBERTA MAGGI COMMITTEE MEMBER On my first day at the Graduate Institute, back in September 2017, I distinctly remember being in the Auditorium Pictet, and seeing the then-President of the Environmental Committee Marc Weilenmann come on stage to talk about the EC’s relevance and impact at the Institute. My immediate thought was, “Wow, it’s soContinue reading “The EC community”

2017 Welcome Speech

With the end of the academic year fast approaching, here’s a throw-back to the beginning of the year so you can see how far we’ve all come!

The previous President of the Environmental Committee, Marc Weilenmann, gave this speech at the orientation day of current Interdisciplinary Masters students. It inspired many students at the institute to get involved with the Environmental Committee, and hopefully it will inspire you too!

Photo Competition Results!

During Swiss Sustainability Week we held a photo competition! Themed after “Natural Habitats – Celebrate Diversity” here are all the photos! We were very proud to display everyones beautiful work! In case you didn’t hear, the winner were: 1st – Lubna Allam 2nd – Yui Chiu 3rd – Narayan Nathani But in the end they areContinue reading “Photo Competition Results!”