A unique Study and Development program which forged productive international working networks, and an ongoing collaborative community focused on environmental change.
To change the world we have to think outside our own boxes and interact with communities both close to home and across continents too. For the prestigious American University they recognised that to truly make a difference in the field of Sustainability Management, they must grow their community and engage their students with organisations already pushing the environmental envelope.
Building off the back of a sustainability study tour, Cosaris transformed The American University’s learning experience to become a major collaboration project for students, businesses, and local communities alike. Incorporating site visits, impactful workshops, networking events, community outreach and sustainable innovations, the project enabled multi-disciplinary opportunities, to tackle genuine challenges in the industry relating to sustainability, environmentalism, and positive change.
In addition to the student and organisations working together, we also laid the groundwork for a self-sustaining, collaborative network of local and global people to share ideas, highlight best practices and cooperate on implementing sustainably-focused innovations for the entire world.
At Cosaris we believe if engage every stakeholder, both inside and outside an organisation’s network, then the benefits are endless. Whether it’s productivity, retention, economic or sustainability, increasing engagement impacts everything. For the American University, one key aspect of what set this project apart was the unique and inspirational organisations we connected with which made all the difference. From major brands like Ericsson and ClimaCheck to boundary-pushing start-ups like Vélosophy or Swegreen, every new partnership we forged was excited to support, learn from and collaborate with the university and its students.
The engagement extended far beyond just the study tour with our network connecting with us to add stronger connections and deliver more impactful learning experiences as the tour progressed. Following the project, all the business organisations, local community partners and even the students remained engaged and reached out to Cosaris and the network as a whole to continue the discussions, offer new opportunities and collaborate on ongoing change.
Several students gained internships and other opportunities through this project and the benefits for everyone involved have continued to provide productive collaborations and engaged partnerships.
David L Bartlett, Professorial Lecturer and Program Director, The American University, said: “For the American University, the Scandinavian program has burnished our sustainability brand. It has enhanced our standing as a leader in sustainability among American colleges and universities.”