Student fair make sustainability top priority
The student union Lundaekonomerna and the career fair eee2019 have further developed their sustainability work regarding both environmental and social sustainability. This is also reflected upon in this year's theme: Explore, engage, evolve. We spoke with the project leaders Sofia Livman and Jakob Hultström Palerius about eee2019.
You have worked hard on sustainability this year. What are some examples of this?
We have further developed our sustainability work regarding both environmental and social sustainability. This is also reflected upon in this year's theme: Explore, engage, evolve. Examples of this are:
As of last year, exhibiting companies have the option to climate compensate for their emissions connected to the fair and all food – with no exceptions – served will be either vegetarian or vegan.
We will compensate for all our own emissions in cooperation with Zero Mission. All leftover sponsored goods or food are donated to social organizations working with for example homeless shelters.
We have minimized printed material, for example making our fair catalogue completely digital.
We have pushed a lot for a healthy work environment within the eee2019 committee and task force members. We have also been careful with selecting companies with a working policy that we can stand behind, and paid extra attention to female leadership.
Furthermore, we made a small donation to the Swedish Diabetes Foundation by buying profiled pins given out to some of the guests at our banquet.
What are you extra proud of this year?
One thing we are extra proud of this year is our huge step in becoming more international. In total, we have a record number of international exchange, Bachelor’s and Master’s students in our committee and task force. We think this reflects the mission of the School, as well as the including environment we strive for. We want to give all students the opportunity to experience the Lund student life! But it is also very developing for ourselves and the project to work with people from different countries and cultures.
Finally, the eeeDays are turning 35 years – how do you celebrate this?
This year, eeeDays is celebrating 35 years-jubilee. The first eeeDays took place in Lund 1984. This is something we have paid attention to during the year, and will celebrate a little extra during the upcoming fair.
We reached out to old committee members and have been told fascinating stories about how the fair was “back in the days”. We can for sure say that the development has been huge – but that the fair always has had very high quality with top companies and speakers. Make sure to visit our memory room located in EC2, with material, photos, and stories from the past 35 years.