Act Sustainable is Chalmers University of Technology´s and the University of Gothenburg´s joint annual Sustainability week for students, teachers, researchers, and all other staff at the universities. The aim of the week is to educate and excite students and staff about sustainable development through multifaceted takes on topics in popularized events and activities. The interdisciplinary approach is both a tool for a deeper understanding of issues and to present new thought-provoking perspectives.
The week is administrated by Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV. Chalmers University of Technology´s and the University of Gothenburg’s joint organization for cooperation between and within the universities to generate and practically implement knowledge about sustainable development.
The week is carried out as a joint operation between the Act Sustainable project management, GMV, program partners, and key actors within the universities. The student sustainability organizations at the universities are Act Sustainable´s most valuable asset and program partners.
Act Sustainable in Short
The sustainability week is arranged annually by Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV, on behalf of Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg. Each year feature new topics, presenters, program partners, and venues. Topics always address sustainable development in some matter and do so with an interdisciplinary approach. The week is always open to all students, teachers, researchers, and other staff at the universities. Individual events may be aimed at, or exclusive to, a specific target group.
If you would like to be a program partner or have any questions about Act Sustainable don’t hesitate to contact Karin Bylund, project leader for Act Sustainable, at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form here: To the contact page.
The history of Act Sustainable
Act Sustainable has its roots back in 2005, however, back then it was called “Studentdagen hållbarhet”, the University of Gothenburg was the sole main organizer, and it was only one day long. The idea of a theme day for students dedicated to sustainable development stems from an analysis of the University of Gothenburgs collected impact on society.
Through an internal inquiry it was stated that the universities single largest impact over time is the indirect impact from the thousands of students passing through the organization getting an education. If all of them knew a little more about sustainability, and acted a little bit more on that knowledge, the potential positive impact on society is huge. One way to achieve this is through Act Sustainable.
In 2017 the theme day changed name into the more familiar “Act! Sustainable”, and in 2019 the day was expanded into a theme week and the name settled for “Act Sustainable”. In 2020 Chalmers University of Technology stepped in as a main co-organizer along with the University of Gothenburg, making it their joint sustainability week.