Sustainability Week

20-24 MARCH 2023

Sustainability Week is one of Geneva’s biggest events focused on the environment and broader discussions around sustainable development. Organized jointly by the Environmental Committee (EC) of the Geneva Graduate Institute and the Student Association for Sustainable Development (EDD) of the University of Geneva, it aims to facilitate discourse on the current state of sustainability, and to look forward to the future through various workshops, conferences, screenings and much more. It is a fantastic opportunity for the IHEID community to explore the various dynamics of sustainability in solidarity with all of Geneva!

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Photo Contest | 20.03 - 24.03 | HALL P2

This year's theme is "Rethink Sustainability". Submit your best picture at before March 15th, you might win prizes!



Blood Donation | 20.03 | PCR

In collaboration with the HUG, the Institute is organising a one-day event where our community can donate blood.




Insect Tasting | 20.03 | HALL P2

The incorporation of insects into our diets is a critical tool for enhancing climate and ecological resilience. Try some Swiss-farmed insects between 11:00am – 2:00pm and see what the hype is about!



Presentation on Sustainable Food Systems | 20.03 | S10 

From 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Novae will present its commitments to sustainable food and lead an interactive debate on topics such as local products, seasonality, food waste, sustainable consumption of animal products, sustainable production methods through labels and endangered fish species. Participants will also taste products related to the topics discussed.




Film Screening - She Changes Climate (2022) | 20.03 | A2

The film will be followed by a discussion.




Clothing Repair Workshop | 21.03 | S7

A hands-on tutorial from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on combatting the wastefulness of fast fashion and making outfits last longer.




Vegan Cooking Workshops | 21.03 and 23.03 | Cafeteria

Foodies, this class is made for you! Accompanied by Novae's chef Christophe, the participants will learn to bake vegan cookies and cakes in the kitchens of the “Cafeteria de la Paix” between 3:30pm – 6:00pm

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Talk: The Future of Water Resources From Glaciated Mountains | 21.03 | S8

6:15pm – 7:45pm | An event part of the Institute's Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) Geneva Dialogue, with Professor Bill Adams (IHEID) and Professor Stuart Lane from the Institute of Land Surface Dynamics of the University of Lausanne


Visit: Waste Management Facility | Rue du Pré-Salomon 25, 1242 Satigny

10:30am-12pm | This visit of the Serbeco facility in Satigny is a unique chance to learn more about the process of collecting waste and recycling it. Serbeco deals with more than 60,000 tons of waste annually, most of them coming from the canton of Geneva. 
The visit will last for about an hour and a half and will mostly be in English, with a few moments in French, which will be translated in English by one of the EC’s members.  Spaces are limited, up to 15 people!




Solidarity Soup | 22.03 | Cafeteria

A commitment to society. Each year, Novae produces 5000 litres of soup for the benefit of the neediest people. This year, they asked us to join them in this production. From 3:30pm – 6:00pm, the participants will prepare soup (cut vegetables, cook them...) surrounded by the kitchen team. Novae committed to Partage and Caritas to deliver the soup and is counting on the presence of the participants to honour this commitment.




Art & Sustainability Discussion | 22.03 | The Fab

A short discussion from 4:00pm.- 5:00pm with one of the director of the movie "Interactions", Nila Madhab Panda, about his work and the links between environmental issues and cinema. First come, First serve!



Film Screening | 22.03

A special showing of "Interactions: When Cinema Looks to Nature", a new series of short docu-fiction films, with the contribution of the Permanent Mission of India to the UN and the Consulate General of India. Twelve International Filmmakers create connections between humans and animals, through Biodiversity, Ecosystem, Climate Change, Environment and Water Risks. By involving art and cinema communities, the NGO Art for The World raises awareness on the effects of climate change.




“Inspire Students” Roundtable Discussion | 23.03 | S11

12:30am - 2:00pm | An engaging roundtable discussion with the following professionals (and IHEID alumni):

  • Catherine Doe Adodoadji-Dogbe UNDP, Specialist in Climate Change Adaptation and Vulnerability, Circular Economy, Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Taylor Clayton Project and Community Lead, Global Plastic Action Partnership, World Economic Forum
  • Marie-Claire Graf Co-Founder Youth Negotiators Academy & Sustainability Week for Business
  • Filippo De Gennaro Sustainability Engagement Intern at Richemont International & WEF‘s Centre for Nature and Climate participant