The Green Erasmus project strives to improve the environmental sustainability of the Erasmus+ Programme and raise awareness across the European Higher Education sector about the importance of sustainable internationalisation. Green Erasmus will carry out a comprehensive analysis of the environmental impact of Erasmus+ mobilities and develop an educational tool on sustainable internationalisation.
The Green Erasmus Project is coordinated by a consortium consisting of Erasmus Student Network (ESN), European University Foundation (EUF), European Students' Union (ESU), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Technische Hochschule Köln (TH Köln), and Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS UK).
The Green Erasmus Project is beneficial for Higher Education Institutions, local students and incoming Erasmus+ students, as well as any person taking part in a mobility project or exchange program. The project will have an impact on raising awareness towards sustainability both before/while travelling and when being in contact with the local communities. The European Higher Education sector and future generation of students will benefit from the awareness of sustainable internationalisation which this project aims at highlighting. Finally, the project’s goal is to create a greener future for everyone.
The objectives of this project are:
To decrease the negative impact of the Erasmus+ Programme on environmental sustainability;
To raise awareness across the European higher education sector about the importance of sustainable internationalisation;
To empower student organisations to be the agents of change, pushing for improvements on the topic of environmental sustainability.
The travel habits of up to 10.000 students were analysed during their period abroad, including both their travels to their Erasmus+ destination and their travel behaviour during their mobility. The research will help publishing recommendations towards higher education institutions.
EUF leads this IO which will focus on providing higher education staff with the necessary tools to support internationalisation within their universities in a sustainable way. A handbook based on desk research and surveys for sustainable internationalisation will be available.
How can current students make their mobility experience more sustainable? The output will focus on creating interactive content on a portal that will allow students to learn specific content based on the challenges identified through the research output in IO1.
ESU will do desk research on the existing literature related to environmental sustainability and curricula design, which will be followed by several case studies that will be collected through interviewing university staff members responsible for including sustainability in their curricula.
ESN will develop a toolkit and activity guidelines to implement local outreach activities to encourage intercultural dialogue between international students and locals on sustainability. Outreach events will focus on climate action, biodiversity, circular economy and zero waste actions.
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