World Symposium on Green Offices (WSGO 2022)


The Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' in Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, (host organisation of RCE Hamburg) has recently established the 'Green Office for Sustainability Services' of HAW Hamburg. The aim is to contribute to the overall sustainability of the University and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. RCE Hamburg invites RCEs that are involved in similar initiatives to collaborate and exchange their experience.

No matter how they are formally called (Green Offices, Offices of Sustainability or Office of Sustainability Services), Green Offices provide an invaluable assistance towards ensuring that matters related to sustainable development at universities are not only pursued systematically but also in a continuous way. But even though Green Offices are important tools to better integrate sustainability as part of university operations, there is a paucity of specialist events where their activities may be discussed in an integrated way.

Based on this need, the World Symposium on Green Offices (WSGO 2022) is being organised by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Manchester Metropolitan University, under the auspices of the European School of Sustainability Science and Research, and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme. The World Symposium on Green Offices (WSGO) will be held as an online event from 10.00 to 16.00 on Wednesday, 7th December 2022. This will take place in parallel to the 'World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day' 2022. Expressions of interest to contribute to the event, initially consisting of a 300 words abstract describing the planned paper and with the full contact details of the authors, may be submitted to the IUSDRP team at: The deadlines are as follows:

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 12th June 2022
Deadline for the submissions of papers: 30th September 2022

A registration fee of €100 will be charged for each participant submitting a paper to help offset some of the preparation costs. Accepted papers will be published in the book 'Supporting the Integration of Sustainability Initiatives in Higher Education: the role of Green Offices'. The book will be published as part of the 'World Sustainability Series' with Springer. Further details will be shared with the authors of the accepted contributions.