Throughout April 2021, Tallinn University Student Union has organized a variety of events regarding sustainable development that will take place in an online format. Tallinn University’s Student Union’s mission is to represent the rights and interests of the students and to advance their development opportunities and Green Month is a great opportunity for developing skills regarding sustainability.

This Year, Tallinn University decided to devote one whole month to sustainable development and support its members (students, academic, administrative, and technical staff) and the society as a whole to address social, cultural, economic, health-related, and environmental issues.

Tallinn University appreciates the Student Union’s efforts to involve and include every student in the activities related to the sustainable development of Estonia and encourages everyone to take action and discover and show their potential as Green Heroes. To promote further inclusivity, university students, academic, administrative, and technical staff, and alumni are encouraged to come together and interact to find the best and most innovative ways to make Tallinn University “greener” and learn about Sustainable Development Goals and their impact on our lives from the Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation. 

The internationality and diversity of the Tallinn University community (as it consists of more than 7,500 students from 70 countries and every 10th academic person is of foreign background) will be reflected in the language that all the events will be held (English), the special guests that will participate in the activities from all over the world by sharing their knowledge, expertise and experience towards sustainability and on the participation of the international student community in Estonia. 

Sustainability is addressed as a way to meet our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and is not limited to just environmentalism. Through workshops, experiential learning, and collaboration, Green Month aims to address different aspects of sustainability and intends to encourage action. As Green Month’s Project Manager says  “My vision for Green Month is to organize impactful and meaningful activities for everyone so that the environmental action will not stop on the 30th of April but each participant can learn something and put it into action in their lives afterward and define their own sustainability path in their everyday life”. Learning how to eat sustainably by cooking together, how to live with less by playing the 30-days minimalism game, how to consume responsibly upcycling coffee grounds, how to balance our hormones by making our own cosmetics, how to cut plastic waste by discovering the benefits of bees are some of the workshops that will take place led by experts on the field. 

Mental and physical health are crucial parts of our well-being and sustainability (especially during COVID-19 times), and Green Month will address it by organizing panels for nurturing our well-being mentally and physically, by bringing examples from warmer countries such as Greece and Cyprus, Italy, and India

Find here the list with all the events for Tallinn University’s Green Month where you can register in advance to those that interest you.

For any questions and requests regarding the Green Month, get in touch  with Green Month Project Manager, Katerina Chantzi at: rohelinenadal@esindus.ee.

Katerina Chantzi, is a Master’s student in Social Entrepreneurship at Tallinn University and the founder of the social enterprise BinFree, that offers pickup recycling services for glass, plastic, metal drinking containers (deposit packages) and glass recyclables to households, restaurants, bars and companies to initiate a spillover of environmental actions through rewarding mechanisms, consultations, trainings, online courses and community events.