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Sustainability work at the universities

Both the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers are working on integrating sustainability into education, research and utilisation. They also work to reduce the negative environmental impact from the everyday business. Both universities have certified Environmental Management Systems according to ISO 14001. Below you will find useful links to read more about the universites environmental and sustainability work.

University of GothenburgChalmers

About the environmental work


About the environmental work


Systematic environmental work


Systematic environmental work


Influence the sustainability work

There are several ways that you as a student can influence the sustainability work at the universities.

  • Send in concerns and suggestions
    If you have questions, concerns or improvement ideas regarding the universities internal environmental effort, please contact the Environmental Office.
    GU: miljo@gu.se or the fill the following form
    Chalmers: miljo@chalmers.se
  • Be a student representative through the union
    By Swedish law students have the right to partake in the decisions and shaping of their education and study environment situation. At the university there are a large number of groups and committees dealing with the educational and social situation for the students. In these groups the students have the right to, via the student union, apoint and have representation. In the different groups and committees students can make their voice heard regarding sustainbility.
    Read more: student union at GU and student union at Chalmers

  • Join or start a Student Sustainability Group
    Many of the Student Sustainability groups at GU and Chalmers are working for better education within sustainability and a more sustainable campus. Join one of the groups or start your own initative.
    Read more about Student Sustainability Groups

Education for Sustainability

​Whether you are going be a doctor, engineer, artist or teacher, we all need to learn about sustainability and act upon it in our future professions.

The Swedish Higher Education Act says:
"In the course of their operations, higher education institutions shall promote sustainable development to assure for present and future generations a sound and healthy environment, economic and social welfare, and justice".

Sustainability courses and programmes

The University of Gothenburg and Chalmers are working on integrating sustainability into their courses and programmes.

Sustainability labelled courses and programmes at University of Gothenburg
On the page you can filter out sustainability labelled courses and programmes.

Education for sustainble future at Chalmers

Here you can read about how Chalmers works with Education for Sustainability in their educational programmes.

PhD courses within sustainability
Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development coordinates PhD courses within sustainability.


Thesis projects within Sustainability


Miljöbron – “the environmental bridge” – serve as a link between companies and university students and mediates internships, theses and shorter projects within sustainability field. The mission is to satisfy companies’ need of knowledge in the field of sustainable business and at the same time provide work experience and valuable contacts for the students. See a list of current thesis, internships and shorter project opportunities at Miljöbron's webpage: www.miljobron.se/vast/

Challenge Lab
In the Challenge Lab master thesis you learn to explore, define, and act upon global challenges that face us in the 21st century – that will transform the way we live together on this planet. Prior doing a master thesis at Challenge Lab it is good to study their 7.5hp course Leadership for Sustainability Transitions. Read more: www.challengelab.org

Thesis projects that connects to sustainability may be annonced at the different departments homepages at the Universitu of Gothenburg and Chalmers, so please check these pages out.
Minor Field Study
Many departments offer Minor Field Study scholarships. Here you have the chance to define your own projects to connect to sustainability.

Internships within sustainability

Miljöbron offers internship positions within sustainbility at companies in Western Sweden. See available intern positions at www.miljobron.se/vast/

Swedish Development Forum
Swedish Development Forum – Föreningen för utvecklingsfrågor (FUF) is recruiting interns for many organisations within development and sustainability. www.fuf.se/praktikantprogrammet/praktikplatsbanken

Sustainergies match students and companies who like to work with sustainability. www.sustainergies.se/rekrytering/

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