Student Summit for Sustainability (S3)

Organizing and participating in the Student Summit for Sustainability (S3) is one of the most exciting and rewarding global activity of the WSCSD. The S3 provides its members and other participants not only with the opportunity to meet, interact and network with each other, but also to develop and advance joint project initiatives. It involves a process of preparing collaborative activities including selected training and capacity building, presentations on related topics in the area of sustainable development, well directed workshops, poster presentations and excursions....

Nyakongo Water and Sanitation Project

In December 2009, students from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and University of Regina (Canada) working with the NGO — the ‘Safe Water and LED Lighting Operatives Worldwide (SWALLOW, launched the “Nyakongo Water and Sanitation project” in a remote village in Nyando district (western Kenya) providing household Biosand Water Filters to HIV/AIDS support group adversely affected by perennial flooding. The program is managed by a spin-off NGO — the ‘Safe Water and LED Lighting Operatives Worldwide (SWALLOW,

Sustainable Village Initiative

The WSCSD's Sustainable Village Initiative addresses the different sectoral issues of development through a holistic approach of household and community empowerment through student collaborations and campus outreach programs. For too long, development has been implemented in piecemeal and linear fashion that doesn’t fully appreciate the inter-related nature of diverse societal issues. Moreover, a number of HEI stakeholders had not recognized student associations as authentic actors/partners for sustainable development. ....

"Adopt a River" Initiative

The aim of the Adopt-a-River program is to create awareness and an understanding amongst all college students of the need to care for our scarce water resources and to facilitate their participation in the protection and management of these resources in an integrated manner. The initiative ensures that a student environmental association in every university working with WSCSD adopts a river (or an alternative water ecosystem) within or around their university for continuous cleaning and conservation...

"Adopt A Forest" Initiative

This a WSCSD imitative launched during the 2013 UN International Day for Biological Diversity to engage universities in conservation of biological diversity. It entails adoption of a nearby forest by each student association in member universities for long term conservation. The initiative supports the establishment of tree nurseries in each university to supply the seedlings needed for campus forestation activities as well as replanting the adopted forests...

Greening Universities (GreeningU) Initiative

This was conceptualized in 2011 as a build up to the World Student Summit for Sustainability 2012 with the aim of advancing the Green Economy and general Sustainability discourse at the university and individual student levels. The initiative comprises of;

  1. Green Talks: To provide for interactive discussions between academia, policy makers and industry on the 11 key sectors for a green economy namely .....

Green Entrepreneurship Workshop

This special workshop was launched in 2012. It is co-organized by the International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED) and International Entrepreneurship Academy (Intentac) in Nairobi in 2012. It was coordinated by Prof. Thomas Andersson, the Chairman of the Intentac and IKED. The workshop provided a brief overview of Green Entrepreneurship and what it entails especially for the youth in the higher learning institutions........

Summary of Past Projects:

Below are some of the past WSCSD's collaborative projects (both campus and community/village-based)
  • Sustainable Energy Competition on Low-Carbon Neighborhood Development.

    This competition was organised in partnership with RED Engineering and held in Nairobi in 2012. It was aimed at engaging students to undertake a feasibility study for design of the most energy efficient and sustainable (low/zero carbon) mixed-use neighborhood development possible with the aim of gradually reducing net CO2 emissions to zero while addressing sustainability measures in regards to energy, water and solid waste. Three multidisciplinary student teams namely the Universities of Nairobi (UoN), Multimedia University College (MMU) - (Kenya); and a combination of Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) - (Ethiopia) and Center for Environmental Planning & Technology University (CEPT) - (India) were created. This competition provided a capacity-base for the students to be involved in activities aimed at retrofitting their campus buildings and infrastructure towards resource efficiency.

  • In January 2009, the ‘United Youth for Peace through Community Development Project’ was initiated by students from the University of Nairobi and the College of Notre Dame, Maryland (U.S.A) in Langas—a slum in Eldoret, Kenya to help a group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) recover from the 2008 Post election violence. The students mobilized resources and lived with the IDPs for a month undertaking free feeding, education and mentorship programs, basic hygiene awareness, peace-building through sports and art as well as establishing a ‘community solar-kitchen’ where women prepare their meals and a ‘community library’. They facilitated the incorporation of “Amani Kasarani Women Group” managed by the IDPs towards their sustainable empowerment. Based on the experience from implementing the ‘United Youth for Peace Project’ in Eldoret, Kenya WSCSD has developed the Youth Encounter on Peace (YEP) program that aims to promote tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and social cohesion and responsibility among youth and children in Kenya and beyond. Using art YEP works, on one hand, to raise the awareness of the danger of intolerance and hatred and on the other, to foster intercultural dialogue and corporation.

  • The WSCSD's African Initiative was conceived in 2008 as a cross-cultural student project aiming to connect external WSC-SD partners and additional organizations’ to student entrepreneurial initiatives in Fort Hare, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya. Through support from educational institutions and collaboration with clean-tech partners, the initiative sought to give students with business ideas an enhanced network and resources outside their local environment.

  • This E-book was compiled to showcase successful student-led projects & innovations on a local, regional or global level that have a meaningful positive impact on climate change and reducing CO2 emissions. The publication reinforces students’ claim to be one of the leading forces for change and thereby inspires potential supporters and potentially active students. The eBook was officially launched on 10th December 2009 during WSCSD's side-event at the Young and Future Generation’s Day at COP 15.

  • In July 2003, an e-journal called VISION was launched as a platform through which members of the WSC-SD could share their ideas on sustainable development, update each other on their activities and have both the opportunity to publish their own research in the field of sustainability and to read about the newest findings from their peers. Over the years, VISION published more than 200 articles and attracted a large readership of several hundred readers per day.

  • Analysing resources and needs, assisting in identification of relevant skills to be taught, improving learning environment, developing learning modules and helping with fundraising

  • SfGS-UoN, Nairobi, Kenya Planting of 10,000 tree seedlings at the University of Nairobi, YMCA-South C and Kinungi Forest

  • Corporacion Grupo Tayrona, Bogota, Colombia Seminar for Latin America Youth to enhance understanding of SD, capacity building and empowerment

  • Graduate working group researching on the Recovery and Purification of Methane gas with innovative techniques. Exhibition at World Happiness Festival in Tokyo, Alliance for Global Sustainability and University of Tokyo Students Community AGS-UTSC, Tokyo, Japan Demonstration of traditional sustainable costumes together with promotion of sustainably produced coffee The MIT Generator, Sustainability@MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA Plastic Bag Free St Andrews, SDSoc, St Andrews, Scotland Campaign for a plastic-bag free city in cooperation with the council and merchants’ association. Realty Check Seminar Series, SDSoc, St Andrews, Scotland Monthly seminar series to get “hands-on” ideas of how to implement SD in cooperation of community and university Sustainability Tricks, Unipoly, Lausanne, Switzerland Development and distribution of leaflets displaying “sustainability tricks” to integrate SD in your daily life Student groups working on local energy, environment, and sustainability projects with a campus focus; joining forces and creating innovative ideas Business As UnUsual, Sustainability@MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA Collaborative art events, with Family Weekend event and two subsequent workshops to produce SD arts and crafts Zero Waste Event Info Session & Party, Sustainability@MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA Organizing Zero Waste Events and educating others on how to conduct their own Zero Waste Event FreeMeet, Sustainability@MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA Swap-Markets to promote reuse of goods, reduce waste and sending things to the landfill, and reduce unnecessary consumption of new goods. Board games, Unipoly, Lausanne, Switzerland Development and promotion (e.g. in schools) of board games on SD Sustainable Food Week, Unipoly, Lausanne, Switzerland Week-long event with lectures, documentaries and film projections, sustainable meals and an organic food market Public health week, Unipoly, Lausanne, Switzerland Week-long event involving lectures, projections, meals, information stands and a party, revolving around health and medication Food Seminar – “You are What you Eat”, Chalmers Students for Sustainability, Gothenburg, Sweden Discussion seminar for sustainable food habits, including lectures and discussions Filmcycle "In the sign of money“, [project21], Zurich, Switzerland Screening of documentaries at the ETH Zurich Cinema Solaire, [project21], Zurich, Switzerland Outdoor cinema with solar panels collecting the energy needed to show an open air movie “My work style“, AGS-UTSC, Tokyo, Japan Workshop on how to achieve social changes with various work styles Hungarian students in the media, BME University Green Association, Hungary, National media coverage of students calling attention to the fact that energy saving is very often not just a matter of money. Zero waste events planning guide, Sustainability@MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA A guide providing information on local resources available to help reduce your event’s environmental footprint, Party Studio!Sus (Micro-Journal), Project21, Switzerland A bi-annual environmentally friendly magazine discussing socially relevant topics and focussed on pointing out key aspects from the perspective of sustainability, Awareness-raising green film club, Central University Library and the BME University Green Association, Hungary 4-5 films with environmental messages are screened each semester to an audience of 25-65 people.