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.
Once a week, we set up a stall outside the IHEID cafeteria where 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.
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.
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, we expect that within the next couple of months the 170 series brochure in collaboration with the EC will come to fruition. And we hope that this collaboration with PCP is the start of a long partnership with more projects to come.
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!
Geneva Peace Week: Creating a Future For All
For Geneva Peace Week 2020, 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.
* María Paloma Noriega Jalil, the Environmental Committee
* Ms. Nahla Haidar, Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
* Ms. Lindsey Fielder Cook, Representative on Climate Change, Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)
* Ms. Silja Halle, Programme Manager, Joint UN Environment, UNDP, UN Women and Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) Programme on Promoting Gender-Responsive Approaches to Natural Resource Management for Peacebuilding
* Mr. Didier Georges, Counsellor, Haitian Mission
You can read more about the event here.