30 Oct IE Green Week
Authors: Joaquín Garralda, IE Dean of Academic Affairs and Max Oliva, Social Impact Management Directo@IE.
On October 21st to 25th, IE Green Week took place, an annual event at IE designed to promote sustainability and awareness of our impact on the environment. The general objective this year was around improving our waste management on campus while leveraging on the work IE has been involved over the past years related to the SDGs.
This year’s activities ranged from creating awareness, with workshops from a lake simulation given by Francisco Seijo to Building Trash Art, by Alberto Fernández; Building a Sustainable City and Campus with a parallel forum in Segovia and Madrid bringing the local, global, business, political and academic perspective to the conversation.
A highlight of the week is how this conversation is translated into action, and there’s no better way to exemplify this than through sustainable entrepreneurs, where we had a pitch slam of Sustainable ideas around IE Entrepreneurial networking in Segovia. This year’s winners are for the best idea, Opentabs by Umberto Greco, and best pitch “Generation Terra” by Elena Carlotta Broglia.
And there was no better closing than with an Impakathon as well as with a co-creation workshop where a student committee worked on building a general plan in order to implement these week learnings into real tangible projects. Congrats to all who took part in this year’s event and we look forward to welcoming you all for next year’s IE Green Week!
As part of the Green Week activities and in parallel to the Segovia event, another series of activities were held in Madrid. During the Scaling up in which Joaquín Garralda took place, Juliana Pereira, Chief of Campus Life, introduced the activity with a few words emphasizing the support that Campus Life offers to all clubs and, especially, those that are related to sustainability. The Green Week event was about deepening SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) and SDG 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), emphasizing the problems of recycling and reducing waste.
Subsequently, the Dean of the Law School, Javier de Cendra, made a presentation on the SDGs highlighting the legal problems that may arise when countries try to comply with them. While the SDGs are not legally binding, they can affect a number of countries’ own regulations that may contradict the overall goals of the SDGs.
The next activity was a panel moderated by Professor Rachida Justo that covered the issue from four different perspectives:
- From IE University: Presentation of EI efforts, led through the Social Innovation department, where the different sustainable initiatives in EI discussed for present and future.
- From the company: The CSR Manager of the Corte Inglés talked about its circular economy project to take advantage of the textile products that its customers return. With the help of the NGO Caritas, they classify and clean the products to sell them again at a very low price in special stores – fashion RE- that manages Cáritas.
- From the national point of view: CIECODE presented its public platform for the political monitoring about the SDGs. Its goal is to include all agreements and laws passed in Congress, classifying them according to the SDGs’ impact.
- From the local dimension point of view: The Madrid City Council presented its MARES initiative that consists of a project of urban transformation through social and solidarity economy, framing it in its recycling and recovery dimension.
Finally, and after a lively exchange of ideas with the attendees, the event was concluded proposing alliances for the achievement of the SDGs and its 2030 agenda.