La Manivelle

You can rent your camping equipment (and so much more) for free from La Manivelle!

In an effort to enhance sustainability and encourage you all to enjoy the great outdoors without breaking the bank on new equipment, we’ve invested in a year membership with La Manivelle – a cooperative that rents sporting equipment, trekking gear, tools and so much more! This membership makes the EC a cooperator in La Manivelle and we’re honored to be a part of such an innovative initiative. Because we’re offering this to all Institute students, we ask that only one person per group/trip reserves, that way other people can take advantage of this opportunity as well.

You can find them at 87, Chemin des Sports | 1203 Genève, Suisse.

This is how it works: 

  • Create an account on 
  • Let us know at
  • We will tell La Manivelle to validate your account. 
  • Once your account is validated, you can start borrowing for free! 

You can also go in person with your student ID, open your account there (your IHEID ID will validate that you can use the EC’s membership) and start borrowing directly !

Since certain items are in high demand, we advise you to reserve in advance (check out their inventory on their website). 


At Materiuum, you find any equipment and furniture that you would need for your apartment – and for very very cheap! 

The EC strongly supports circular economy in Geneva and Materiuum is exactly what we are looking for during a house move or to tinker and make our apartment cosier (#DIY). From nails to light bulbs and wooden frames, Materiuum’s purpose is to extend the life of materials before incineration and instead recycle, re-use and re-employ.

You can find them in the same building as La Manvielle (87, Chemin des Sports | 1203 Genève, Suisse).

If you want to have a look, receive some advice for your DIY idea, or buy second-hand materials, go to Materiuum in person with your student ID and mention that you are a member of the GISA Environmental Committee. Don’t forget to send us some photos of your DIY!


SCOOP is a food cooperative run by EC members for the IHEID community. It was founded in February 2014 by a small group of volunteers and has since grown to selling a larger variety of products.

Through an online order form we sell organic products from farms in and around Geneva. We partner with small farmers and producers and deliver seasonal products so sometimes what we offer can differ. This promotes and educates students about sustainable and circular models of consumption.
You can expect legumes like chickpeas and lentils, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and more. We sell without profit, because we want to make local, organic, healthy food affordable to students.

Have a look at our yummy products…

… choose your favorites

… select a pick-up point (Picciotto, Cité or Grand Morillon)

… and secure your order

via this form

Are you not sure about how to use the products? We invite you to check out some benefits of and recipe ideas for the products we sell.


The Ecologist Podcast

As a part of the Institute’s new Podcasting Initiative, a team from the EC are creating an environmental related segment. Once a month, we will be releasing an English or a French episode where we will be discussing new fascinating topics in relation to environmental issues such as sustainability, urban farming, biodiversity, and other thought provoking subjects such as the impact of a vegan versus vegetarian diet. We will also explore how our individual actions impact the environment and ways in which we can change our habits to become more eco friendly.

While answering the environmental related question of the month, the co-hosts will interview a practitioner in the field, an entrepreneur or a professor to try to gain insight into said issue or topic of discussion. At the end of each episode, we hope to inspire listeners and to get them involved by taking part in our monthly sustainability challenge.

Stay tuned for our first pilot episode launching in February 2020 and feel free to send topic suggestions to the Environmental Committee at the Graduate Institute on themes in relation to the environment that you’d like to learn more about!  


Save the Food Project

Save the Food project began out of the demand for better food waste management at the Graduate Institute, and it is now a favourite service of the Environmental Committee among the student body.

Every Friday when the campus cafeteria closes (17h), members of the Environmental Committee pick up left over food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to students in the common room. Food is collected by students on a first come, first serve basis.  

Save the Food (logo)

The 170 Series Partnership with Perception Change Project at UNOG

Perception Change Project at the United Nations Office in Geneva’s mission 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 tangible and attainable actions that the majority of individuals can achieve, while at the same time educating people on current development concerns. 

The Environmental Committee at IHEID has partnered with PCP to produce a brochure for the organization’s 170 series. This particular project comprises of 10 actions for each of the 17 SDGs in relation to climate change. The group of EC students came up with an extensive list of environmentally sustainable actions to help mitigate risks of climate change. Moreover, the students shortlisted places in the world which are already seeing the effects of climate change and a list of youth who are standing up against the foreseen threat and taking action in order to inspire readers. 

After extensive reviewing, editing and graphic designing, the brochure was published in June 2020. It can be consulted on the UN Geneva website and is also available for download here.

We hope that this collaboration with PCP is the start of a long partnership with more projects to come. 

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From left to right: Delphine Luisa, Pauline Seppey, Sarah Schoch, Anna Ploeg, Zaninka Ntagungira, Spencer Williams and Olivier Flamand-Lapointe 

The Recycling Library

Still printing your readings?

We collect paper’s that students printed to read for class, sort them and put them in order in the library for people to borrow and bring back again. It is all self-organized through an google excel sheet! Click here to check if one of the readings you were going to print is already available at the library.

More information on the recycling library here.

Sustainability Week Switzerland

Each year the Environmental Committee ensures sustainability is at the center of attention at The Graduate Institute by bringing students an array of sustainability-focused events!

Swiss Sustainability Week is a Swiss-wide effort to discuss and find solutions to environmental and sustainability issues. It is internationally acknowledged by the Clinton Global Initiative University and has received, among others, the International Sustainable Campus Network Award for Excellence in Student Leadership.

Check out all our past events and we hope to see you participate in the next Swiss-wide effort to promote sustainability in our daily lives!

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Geneva Peace Week

Geneva Peace Week is a leading forum in the peacebuilding calendar, gathering actors from around the world to connect and expand peace dialogues every November. The event highlights that every single person has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. As peacebuilding occurs in distinct contexts and crosses multiple disciplines, during a whole week peace is promoted through synchronizing panels on different thematic tracks.

Geneva Peace Week 2020

In the midst of a pandemic the GPW made its way to address the urgent peacebuilding challenges and it did that by hosting the event entirely online. Of course the Environmental Committee (EC) wouldn’t be out of this event.

The final day of GPW, the 6th of November, was entirely devoted to environmental protection and conservation to further peacebuilding efforts. The Environmental Committee organized in collaboration with the Latin American Network Initiative (LANI), the Peace Nexus Foundation and the Quaker UN Office (QUNO) the panel “Peace and Climate Action: Challenges and Opportunities from Latin America”.

The event counted with strong voices to address the linkages between environment, climate action and peacebuilding. You can read more on what the interesting panelists from across sectors had to say here.

Geneva Peace Week 2019

For Geneva Peace Week 2019, the Environmental Committee of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) organized the event Creating a Future for All: Climate Justice and Peacebuilding on Wednesday, November 6 from 11:15 to 12:30 in Room IX, Palais des Nations.
This event aimed to give voice to experts in climate justice, vulnerable populations, youth, and decision-makers working to include climate justice concerns in their national and international policies.
You can read more about the event here. 

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Geneva Peace Weak 2019, EC members with panelists.

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