This is the event program for Tuesday, November 16

Tuesday 16/11

Welcome to Act Sustainable!

On these pages, you will find the official program for Act Sustainable 2021!  The program is divided day by day stretching from Monday 15/11 to Friday 19/11.


Each day has three slots for events: Morning Session, Lunch Session, and Afternoon Session.

Morning Sessions are mostly characterized by a classical style academic lecture. Interactive elements occurs at a minimum and are kept simple, such as Q&A´s and menti polls.

Lunch Sessions are entirely dedicated to the student sustainability organizations at
Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.

Afternoon Sessions are mostly characterized by more interactive activities such as workshoping and group discussion.

All events in the official program for Act Sustainable are in English or a combination of English and Swedish, and they´re open to all students and staff at the universities.

Who can register, and how?

You register for each event separately and you can register for as many as you like. All information you need to participate is located on these pages. Each registration will generate an email with the specifics for the event you registered to, practically located in your inbox.


All events in the official program are open for all students and all staff members at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.

Don´t miss the side-events!

Besides the official program Act Sustainable also feature side-events. The side-events don’t necessarily follow the same rules as the events in the official program. They may vary in language, time, place, and targeted audience. So be sure you check out the side-events page for the whole week here: To the side events page

Morning Session - 16/11


Sustainability Conflicts in Housing

Within housing policy there are overlapping issues of environmental priorities, segregation, and social justice – creating a complex environment for decision makers to navigate. In many cases, housing upgrades aimed to decrease environmental impact can cause increased rents and therefore leading to tenants being forced to leave their homes because they don’t have the financial means to stay. Short-term budgets and silo structures in urban governance are other factors that limits the opportunities for long-term sustainable urban development. This session will explore this complex field where researchers will present recent research projects that highlights challenges and spur organisations to improve. Mikael Mangold, PhD, researcher at RISE will present projects that have used building registers to provide Swedish authorities with decision support for, and evaluation of, housing policy in relation to energy efficiency. Sara Brorström, Associate professor at Department of Business Administration, will present research on current practices linked to urban development in the City of Gothenburg and the difficulties of connecting visions with practice which involves challenging normative processes and routines. 


The session will also discuss what challenges researchers might face when trying to communicate their research results, and specifically discuss how researchers balance scientific stringency, engagement and activism. We finish off the morning with a panel discussion where the researchers and representatives from real-estate owners participate to discuss the topic further.

Time: 10.00 - 12.00

Place: Lingsalen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organiser: Centre for Sustainable Urban Futures

Lunch Session - 16/11

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Leave No One Behind: 
Effects of Covid-19 on Socially Vulnerable Groups

Welcome to a seminar on the topic “Leave No One Behind”, a central principle of the 2030 Agenda and a crucial thing to have in mind when life slowly returns to normal after the pandemic. This seminar will discuss the covid-19 pandemics effect on socially vulnerable groups, how this groups have been affected and what needs to be done for them not to be left behind.

Vegan lunch wraps are served to registered participants. This event as a limited number of participants.

Time: 12:10-13:00

Place: Stora Salen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organisers: Handels Students for Sustainability (HaSS)

Afternoon Session 16/11


 Speeding up Transformation Towards Sustainability

The Swedish national coordinator for the 2030 Agenda was appointed by the Government in 2020 to function as a catalyst and coordinator for action. To speed up the transformation towards economic, social and environmental wellbeing requires, amongst others, redesigning institutions, infrastructure, market sentiments and laws. But how do we identify where our efforts really accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals? What are the key elements in transforming our present unsustainable way of life to a sustainable tomorrow?

In this session we will talk about how we found the Sustainable Development Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production to be one of our priorities. But our main purpose is to ask you to participate in a workshop exploring and investigating different methods to move forward – welcome!

Time: 13.10 - 15.30 

Place: Stora Salen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organisers: The Swedish National Coordinator 2030 Agenda

Untying Knots and Looking for Key Methods Using Responsible Consumption and Production

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Act Sustainable is Chalmers University of Technology´s and the University of Gothenburg´s annual sustainability week for students, researchers, teachers and staff. The aim is to bring the universities closer together in multidisciplinary perspectives on sustainable
development through inspiration, and knowledge.