CEMS global sustainability week
CEMS students demonstrated their commitment to sustainability last week, reports Marie van Beijeren, acting CEMS Corporate Relations Manager at NHH.
NHH and CEMS Club Bergen were among 30 schools and student clubs worldwide to organize their own activities for CEMS Global Sustainability Week, 17-21 October. CEMS partners, CEMS Alumni and industry representatives provided positive role models for local and global sustainable action during the week at NHH.
A field trip to the Norsk Gjenvinning recycling plant in Bergen marked the kick off for the week. The students donned helmets and vests during a briefing and were led on an informative guided tour by regional HMS Manager Morten Sande. CEMS Club students organizing this activity were particularly interested in the trip, given Norsk Gjenvinning’s contribution to case studies for courses within our popular ENE (Energy, Natural Resources and Environment) Masters profile at NHH.
On Tuesday, the CEMS students were joined by New Energy Solutions Strategy and Innovation Manager Jan Fredrik Stadaas, from CEMS Corporate Partner Statoil for a Skills Seminar on “Exploring alternative energy solutions in a low-carbon future”.
As well as collaborating with NHH on CEMS activities, Statoil contributes actively to the Masters curriculum at NHH, and as a sponsor of conferences such as the IAEE Energy: Expectations and Uncertainty Conference, which attracted 600 delegates to beautiful Bergen and NHH this summer.
Global Sustainability Week continued with a CEMS Panel Debate on Wednesday with the theme “Making the Food Industry Sustainable in a Changing Global Climate”. Associate Professor Lars Jacob Pederson from our popular and successful “Sustainable Business Models” Masters course moderated the discussion with external guests former Director of Fisheries, Peter Gullestad and CSR Manager from Friele Coffee, Atle Engelsen.
These industry guests presented local and global sustainable practices and were joined by NHH CEMS Alumni Anita Bui, the founder of Råvarene, the first Zero Waste grocery store in Bergen, who contributed a consumer perspective to the discussion.
Deputy Rector and Dean of International Relations at NHH, Sunniva Whittaker, is pleased with the organization of activities for the Global Sustainability Week at NHH.
“Our activities for Global Sustainability Week clearly demonstrate our students’ enthusiasm for learning more about navigating towards a sustainable future for all”, she says.
“We credit this enthusiasm amongst our students to our popular flagship profile, the Masters ENE profile, which focuses increasingly on renewable resources and sustainability. We have noticed that our students are very much concerned with these issues, and we are very pleased to announce that NHH has been awarded a strategic partnership project together with three other CEMS schools (CBS, Corvinus and ESADE) which will allow us to develop teaching material on sustainability. This material will be put at the disposal of the entire CEMS community.”