In addition to the events organized by the S4S board itself, a number of events are organized with the help of committees. Four different committees have been appointed this year: the Symposium, The ‘Groene Pint’ (Green Pint), Festable and the S4S Business Committee. With the help of these committees, larger events are set up to inspire even more students in the field of sustainability.
Students4Sustainability has been organizing an annual symposium on a large scale since 2017. The Symposium is an evening full of interesting discussion between politicians, multinationals, startups, professors from the TU Delft and speakers from many different industries.
Every year the Symposium focuses on a sustainable theme, in order to teach students about a sustainable world in an educational and fun way. The aim of the Symposium is to fill an evening full of inspiring, informative and motivating lectures. At the Symposium, students can gain knowledge about sustainability and become enthusiastic about sustainability in their current lives and future careers.
Each year, one overarching theme is linked to the Symposium. The themes of recent years were:
2017 - Is technology in time to stop climate change?
2018 - What’s shaping the path to a sustainable future?
2019 - What does a future society look like?
2020 - Biomimicry – innovation inspired by nature
2021 - Green Mirror, which path to sustainability do you choose?
The ‘Groene Pint’
The ‘Groene Pint’ (green pint) is a ranking of Dutch student associations in terms of sustainability. The Groene Pint is an initiative of Students4Sustainability together with the ‘Landelijke Kamer van Verenigingen’ and ‘Studenten voor Morgen’.
The winner of The ‘Groene Pint’ is determined on the basis of a questionnaire. Students4Sustainability has developed this questionnaire in collaboration with ‘Studenten voor Morgen’, Urgenda and professors from the CML (Centre for Environmental Sciences Leiden). For the complete 2019/2020 questionnaire, click here
The questionnaire is divided into four main parts, namely the society, inventory & consumable, integral approach and external expressions. The fifth part is a Jury Prize for the best sustainable initiative. Urgenda serves as jury for this part. Based on the answers of all participating associations, a ranking of the ten most sustainable associations is established.
Festable is a sustainable festival that is the ultimate place for students to take the first step towards sustainability. Festable was set up in 2019, but was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 measures. A coronaproof Festable was organized last year. Festable 2021 was a two-day festival consisting of a lecture on leadership & sustainability, a DJ contest, a case in collaboration with DGTL: Festival of the future and of course plenty of drinks and vegan snacks. We hope that Festable 2022 can become a festival with sustainable stands, workshops, DJs and other artists to celebrate sustainability together with all Dutch students.
S4S Business Committee
The S4S Business Committee connects sustainably-focused, technical students and sustainable companies. In 2021, the S4S Business Committee organized the two-day event, The Green Maze. The Green Maze was an online event, consisting of lectures, workshops and cases that were held in collaboration with various companies.
Also this year, the S4S Business Committee will be committed to organize case days, career events, field trips and other career-related events.