Climate neutrality. An important goal to limit global warming. This topic is also of great concern to the University of St. Gallen, which is why the topic of last year’s ECOnnect x SHSG Challenge was climate neutrality and how university associations can contribute to achieving this on campus.
In the context of the ECOnnect x SHSG Challenge 2021, which created a supportive environment for student associations to become carbon neutral, the jury awarded oikos St. Gallen and START Hack as winners.
The team pulled together best practices in climate neutral event management and produced a guide and framework for event managers. A dedicated “Framework Team” from the student club oikos St. Gallen, a chapter of the international student organisation oikos International coordinated, managed, and led the initiative in collaboration with START Hack, a HSG student association that organises Europe’s most entrepreneurial Hackathon. The project was also supported by academic advisors at the university and the Delegate for Responsibility & Sustainability team’s ECOnnect platform that supports student initiatives around sustainability, as well as the University of St. Gallen Student Union (SHSG).
After several months of dedicated work toward the development of the framework, the START Hack event was the first to use and successfully apply the oikos framework, achieving a climate neutral START Hack 2022 event .
Now, oikos St. Gallen has finally released the result of their work, which is represented by the first final version of their Framework for Climate Neutral Events.
The guide was especially developed for student associations in St. Gallen and will be implemented with the help of workshops held by oikos St. Gallen. Now, the time has come to spread the framework and foster sustainable actions on the HSG campus and in the event planning.
Make your events at the University of St. Gallen more sustainable and support the goal of reaching climate neutrality.
Download the framework here and take on the challenge!
Author: Lasse van Look
Date: 14. November 2022