The Sustainability Week Zurich Association

Sustainability Week Zurich has been an association since 2017! Its purpose is to promote sustainable development at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the Zurich universities ZHdK, ZHAW, PHZH and in the public. This is achieved by strengthening awareness of sustainability, networking and motivating people to take action. The association does this in close coordination with the sustainability offices of the student associations and as part of the umbrella organisation Sustainability Week Switzerland. The association is not profit-oriented and all members work on a voluntary basis.

The most important program items in the association’s year are the general assembly in May and the student Sustainability Week in March. For one week, there are workshops, panel discussions, lectures and other events on the topic of sustainability at the above-mentioned institutions. The core team is responsible for organising these events and coordinating the numerous volunteers. The core team works on a project basis between August and March for one sustainability week before a new team is formed for the next year.

The board is responsible for longer-term planning, pursuing the association’s goals and developing the association. It also looks for people each summer to join the new core team and then advises them. The board is also responsible for preparing the annual budget and fundraising.

The board can be reached throughout the year at

The highest body of the association is the general assembly, where the budget for the new year is approved, new members are admitted and the year of the association (especially the sustainability week) is evaluated.

The Board of Directors

The Executive Board consists of the following departments:

  • The most important task of the board is to provide a good, motivating environment for the volunteers in the board and core team. In addition, the (co-)presidents have an eye on the long-term development of the association and its structures.
    • Jon Went and Rike Teuber share the task of co-presidency.
  • The Quaestor is responsible for the finances. She takes care of the budget, fundraising and the final accounts. She is also the first point of contact for the core team in questions of financing and fund applications.
    • Philine Dudler is the bursar and thus the head of finances.
  • The Mensa Department is responsible for maintaining relations with the mensas. She is also in close contact with the person responsible for the mensas in the core team.
    • Ina Schelling is in charge of the mensa department.
  • For all other higher education policy demands and proposals, there is the Higher Education Policy (HoPo) department. Here, too, the focus is on longer-term relationships with the school/university administrations as well as with the sustainability offices and Sustainability Week Switzerland.
    • Anita Ni is responsible for university policy.


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