The 2020 Global University Climate Forum will build on a series of student workshops hosted by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). Previous workshops included:

  • A two-day workshop during the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) where student groups from 15 universities each submitted proposals for an ambitious-yet-achievable project to implement on their campus.
  • A one day “competition” in 2012 in partnership with Fundação Getulio Vargas and the University of Massachusetts Boston during the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) where student teams from 19 universities on six continents offered their ideas for community-scale projects.Background photo
  • A one-day conference during the 2015 Paris Climate Negotiations where over 125 students from 30 universities presented their actionable world-changing ideas to a set of expert reviewers. (See the full report here)Background photo

Examples of projects from the 2015 event include an initiative to plant fruit trees near schools in Tanzania, the establishment of a sustainability festival and network for 10 universities in Russia, the co-launch of a sustainability social media platform between several European universities, the mapping of an eco-tourism bike route in a province of China, and the design of a modular tiny house in the United States. Student teams were asked to report on progress over the course of the following year to ensure follow-through. Report - IARU 2015 Global University Climate Forum