About Us

Our Charter

Curious about our values and wondering if you would be a good fit for SSC? We encourage you to read our Committee’s charter! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Who we are
SSC is before all else a Committee of VSETH. Committees are a direct part of the VSETH and offer services for students independent of their field of study. The VSETH board (especially Internal Affairs) coordinates and supervises them. This means that infrastructure, financing, services and much more are available to the commissions, but they also have obligations towards VSETH. Each Commission has a “Götti”: a VSETH board member who is our point of contact, that we invite to board meetings, and reach out to when we need help.
Our goals

We aspire to be the first point of contact for students interested in sustainability at ETH. We want to:

  • educate — It’s important for students to have a good understanding of the climate crisis and its causes and impacts. Providing resources and information about the issue can help students to feel more informed and motivated to take action.
  • encourage student leadership — Student activists can be powerful advocates for change, but they may need support and encouragement to take on leadership roles. Encouraging students to take the lead on projects, campaigns, or events can help to empower them and give them the confidence to make a difference.
  • connect students with resources and opportunities — There are many ways that students can get involved in addressing the climate crisis. Providing them with access to resources and opportunities to get involved can help to make it easier for them to take action.
  • support — Students may face challenges and setbacks as they work to address the climate crisis. We offer to support them and offer guidance and encouragement along the way. This can help to keep them motivated and focused on their goals.
Why we do what we do
We are in the midst of a climate and ecological breakdown of our own making, and our governments are not doing enough (yet?) to protect their citizens, our resources, our biodiversity, our planet, and our future. By speaking out and advocating for change, students can help to bring about the necessary policy changes and shift societal attitudes towards sustainability, both inside and outside ETH. In addition, our students are the next generation of climate advocates and decision-makers: by getting involved in the climate movement, they will become effective leaders for change and create the environment for a desirable future. We — as individuals — can impulse a change to collectively make a difference. We do this together – transform the world, create lasting change and build a better future for all.
Why ETH should be more sustainable

Some of the key reasons include:

  • environmental impact — the climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today, and universities have a responsibility to minimize their environmental impact and contribute to the transition to a more sustainable future. By reducing its carbon footprint and adopting more sustainable practices, ETH Zurich can play a leading role in addressing the climate crisis.
  • social responsibility — as a leading institution of higher learning, ETH Zurich has a social responsibility to be a model for sustainability and to educate the next generation of leaders about the importance of sustainability.
  • attracting top talent — in today’s competitive job market, many students and researchers are looking for institutions that prioritize sustainability. By demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, ETH Zurich can attract top talent and build a strong reputation as a leader in sustainability.
Our values

As a student committee, we value:

  • inclusion — we value and respect diversity, prohibit any type of discrimination, encourage open communication and dialogue. All members should feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and ideas, and diversity of perspective is seen as a strength.
  • students — we do not pursue projects that are not in the students’ best interest. Each of our various University Development projects are led by a Representative, elected by the VSETH Members’ Council, who represents VSETH’s (and thus students’) interests in ETH committees or foundations.
  • cooperation — we work hand-in-hand with ETH and VSETH, in a constructive (not conflictive) manner. This is how we’ve made most progress in the past, and cooperation is generally seen as a more effective approach to addressing the climate crisis than conflict. There are a few reasons for this: 1) conflict and disagreement can hinder progress and make it more difficult to achieve the necessary policy changes and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; 2) cooperation allows for the sharing of resources and expertise, which can help to accelerate progress towards sustainability. By working together, we can leverage our strengths and expertise to come up with solutions and achieve common goals; 3) cooperation can also help to build trust and goodwill between different entities, which can be essential for achieving long-term solutions to the climate crisis. That being said, conflict can sometimes be a necessary part of the process of achieving change. For example, grassroots activism and civil disobedience can be important tools for raising awareness and pressing for change. There are many groups that focus on grassroots activism and civil disobedience, so if this is what you want to do, we can point you in the right direction!

Student Sustainability Committee

The point of contact for students interested in sustainability at ETH Zurich. 


Office: ETH Zentrum CAB E 14

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