Just another Swiss hiking guide

by Anna Ploeg Coming from Canada people assume I am used to mountainous scenery when in fact I am from the Ottawa valley, and unfortunately the “hills” I used to hike are at a lower altitude than Geneva itself… so I am not sure they count for much. Nonetheless I grew up constantly escaping intoContinue reading “Just another Swiss hiking guide”

Episode 6. Social Innovation and Sustainable Development

In this joint episode with Collaborate for Social Innovation, Olivier interviews Lorenzo Niola, the Head of Ecosystem Development at Hatch CoLab. Hatch CoLab accelerates the development and scaling up of technologies to solve sustainability issues. It helps startups work with international organisations to develop their technologies and make real change possible.

The student contributor for this episode was Matthieu Guillier, a master student at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and codirector of Collaborate for Social Innovation, a contest bringing together young professionals, students and international organizations to create solutions to current challenges. He added his insight on the pros and cons of applying social innovation to environmental issues, citing his favorite previous entries by contestants.

Your new Pract-eco guide

Whether you’ve freshly arrived in Geneva or are already a seasoned Institute-goer, the EC’s got you covered for a practically ecological (short: pract-eco) start to the fall semester! Lovingly crafted by our president Zaninka Ntagungira with precious help from vice-president Anna Ploeg and EC member Kory Barras, this brand new guide contains everything you needContinue reading “Your new Pract-eco guide”

Episode 5. Sustainable Farming and Resilient Cities

In this episode, Anna and Olivier interviewed Chris Jones, a landscape architect who is opening urban farms in countries throughout the world. He hopes to place circularity and sustainable food systems at the heart of these areas, while also providing quality produce for all. The student contributor for this episode was Jarrod Suda, a Master’s student in International Affairs at IHEID, who added his personal insight on the topic after having done a summer of farming with four families and entrepreneurs across Switzerland.

170 actions to combat climate change

During the school year 2019/2020, the Environmental Committee partnered up with the UN Geneva’s Perception Change Project. The mission of the PCP is to make information accessible while highlighting the role of Geneva based organizations in the promotion of the SDGs. The purpose of their 170 brochures series is to develop a list of tangibleContinue reading “170 actions to combat climate change”

Episode 4. The Environmental Impacts of Covid-19 with DG Tatiana Valovaya

To commemorate the release of 170 Actions to combat climate change brochure produced by the Perception Change Project in partnership with the EC, Anna and Olivier interviewed Tatiana Valovaya, the Director General of the UNOG, about the foreseen environmental impacts of Covid-19. They discussed the role of the UN in implementing policies to reduce global emissions and the important lessons that have come out of this pandemic that may lead to more sustainable environmental solutions.

Épisode 3. L’économie verte est-elle viable pour le futur de notre planète?

Dans ce nouvel épisode de The Ecologist, Anna et Olivier discutent avec leurs invités de l’économie verte et de ses limites comme alternative pour protéger notre environnement. On explore ses liens avec la RSE et l’industrie du lithium, en plus de discuter de modèles d’entrepreunariat durable en Amérique Latine.


by Zaninka Ntagungira Yesterday was the 50th Earth Day and I hope you found some fun ways to enjoy it, maybe by reminiscing with us on Instagram! To continue celebrating Earth, I wanted to share some do and don’ts that I’ve learned so far in my recycling and composting journey here in Geneva. It’s definitelyContinue reading “#EarthDayEveryday”