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TEAM RSM AT THE LEADERS FORUM: Shaping the Global Sustainability Agenda in Switzerland

A group of five MSc students and RSM Sustainability Coordinator Joey Johannsen will represent Rotterdam School of Management at the prestigious Leaders Forum- Shaping the global sustainability agenda at the University of St. Gallen and the Impact Hub Zürich 5-7 February.  The 3-day Forum brings together leaders from business, NGO’s, public organisations, the general public, and students from international universities who will:…See More
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RSM cuts paper consumption by half in four years

A series of operational changes and improvements – and a lot of encouragement for people to change their behaviour – has resulted in Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) reducing its paper consumption by almost half over the past four years.Sustainable RSM began tracking just how much paper was used in…See More
Jan 22
Lesa Sawahata posted a blog post

Keynote Speaker for RSM Sustainability Forum 2015 Announced: DSM's Dimitri de Vreeze

We are pleased to announce the confirmed keynote speaker for the RSM Sustainability Forum 2015, themed 'Innovating for Sustainable Business': Mr. Dimitri de Vreeze, Chairman Supervisory Board DSM.Mr. de Vreeze brings 25 years of expertise in materials sciences - a key area of innovation and sustainable business - to the 2015 iteration of the RSM Sustainability Forum. He has been part of…See More
Jan 21
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EUReka! SRSM contributes to a sustainable Eurekaweek!

Towards a sustainable Eurekaweek!

This April Corona Meerman, Chairperson of the Eurekaweek planning committee, took the initiative and contacted SRSM Sustainability Coordinator Joey Johannsen for suggestions on making this event - an introduction week for new EUR freshmen, scheduled for 18-21 August 2014 - more sustainable. With over 3000 participants each year from all around the globe, Eurekaweek is the largest event for freshmen on the Erasmus University campus. After Joey generated a list of 'sustainable suggestions' with the SRSM Sustainable Consulting Team students, several planning meetings took place between Corona and Sustainable RSM Student Assistant David Unterdorfer, who relayed the suggestions and obtained agreements on implementation areas.

Thanks to the collaboration and dedication of all parties involved and the leadership of Corona,  immediate action was taken to improve Eurekaweek’s sustainable impact. One example: Hard copy invitations for over 5000 international freshmen were halted, replaced by emailed invitations that saved both money and paper.

To increase awareness of sustainability, the SRSM Sustainable Consulting student team also had a chance to coach the Eurekaweek volunteer guides in promoting sustainability among their assigned groups of first year students. Finally, the amount of flyers included in the Eurekaweek gift bags was reduced, with the ultimate goal of eliminating flyering entirely.

SRSM Student Assistant David Unterdorfer remarks: “This cooperation was very enthusiastic from the beginning. We had research and expertise on the consulting team’s side, and a strong will to make a change and see the project through on the part of Corona. I believe that is the reason, that we have already been able to implement measurable improvements for this year's Eurekaweek.”

However, there is more to be done. Plans are being put in place to improve the sustainability of Eurekaweek’s catering process. Furthermore, hard copy invitations for Dutch students, as well as the remaining flyers, are targeted for replacement with digital information.

We hope the partnership between SRSM and Eurekaweek will continue to be fruitful for many years to come.  If you're a freshman, don't miss Eurekaweek 2014, themed: Port of Opportunities!

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Comment by Gabi Helfert on July 3, 2014 at 2:29pm

Sounds great. Do you have any information about the actual steps that will be taken? I think a list with what to consider for similar large events would be beneficial not only for Eurekaweek, but also for other campus activities.

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