GEM’s first Sustainable Mobility Workshop was held earlier this month on 14 April 2022. Jointly organized by the Centre for International Affairs and the Sustainability Hub, the workshop brought together around 40 attendees including students, staff, associations and a local university. The discussion centered on the environmental impact of international mobility. The session presented GEM’s Carbon assessment with a focus on the impact of travel and transportation (which represents 64% of our emissions!). The presentation was then followed by a quiz that challenged some of our pre conceived notions and further explained the notion of carbon footprint and what it represents at both individual and collective levels. Attendees were then invited to calculate their own travel emissions and discuss the various options to reduce the carbon footprint of their experience abroad (before, during or after their mobility) .
Certainly the most exciting part of the session was the creative game activity facilitated by Isabelle Patroix, manager of GEMLabs playground. In small groups within a fixed time limit (7min/3min slots), the participants were invited to brainstorm on a given theme and create the basis of a board game. The engagement and results were outstanding: 5 games created in 7 minutes on subjects linked to international mobility, such as “Go Green Go” or “Guess my trip”…!
The objective of this workshop initiative is to bring more awareness on these issues and create momentum within the school to share more tips & good practices around sustainable mobility, and we look forward to continue working with everyone on this topic.