networks & non-profit


World Student Environmental Network

WSENThe World Student Environmental Network (WSEN), formerly ISEN (International Student Environmental Network), was established in 2008, as a joint decision of students around the world at the first World Student Environmental Summit in Kyoto. All participants expressed a need for an international student network that could facilitate information sharing and cooperation towards a sustainable society and creating global solutions to climate change. The WSEN will act as a hub for student actions in lobbying universities, local communities, and international governance bodies towards sustainable approaches while breaking the cross-cultural barriers of campus-based collaboration. Greening USiena is a WSEN partner.


Copernicus Alliance

COPERNICUS_ALLIANCE_logoCOPERNICUS Alliance is a European Network of Higher Education Institutions which promotes transformational learning and change for sustainable development within the higher education sector. Through partnership with society, it aims to re-orient higher education programmes and research towards sustainable development as well as promote best practice regarding the sustainable management of university campuses. It seeks to build partnerships with business, government agencies and civil society to progress sustainability at the local and global level. The Alliance is built on the participation of its members. Based on their activities, it forms an innovation network for integration of sustainable development at higher education institutions with multiple contacts and possibilities of exchange at a European level.


Australian Student Environmental Network

ASEN logoThe Australian Student Environment Network (ASEN) is the national network of many campus environment collectives in Australia. People from ASEN facilitate communication between campus environment collectives and co-ordinate national projects and campaigns. ASEN was formed at the 1997 Students and Sustainability conference in Townsville. It subsequently fell into dormancy, but has experienced a revival since 2002, and especially since 2005. Greening USiena has had the pleasure of having ASEN officer Raffaele Fantasia as a guest during its launch event.



Schermata 2014-03-26 alle 12.52.04Not really a network, rootAbility is a social business that drives the sustainability transition of the European higher education sector, by establishing and coaching student-driven and staff-supported sustainability units, teams and projects. It believes that universities and colleges should actively contribute to the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on earth forever, which requires that their actions are ecologically viable, socially desirable and economically feasible today, and as a social business, it designs participatory processes and organizational structures so that students, staff and academics see, think and act themselves to create more sustainable institutions of higher education and learn about sustainable development through practical engagement.


LSE SU Energy Society

1621665_601266186593474_608975317_nThe London School of Economics SU Energy Society is the #1 European student organization in the field and a recognized member of the Collegiate Energy Association. Its mission is to provide our members with the foundation, skills, and relationships to develop successful careers. This society caters to anyone with an interest in the various energy-related industries. It organizes regular lectures and specialist talks on energy related fields as well as the traditional annual energy conference with the aim to shape the debate in the energy sector both within and outside the school’s realm.



International Union for the Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is an international organization dedicated to finding “pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges”. The organization publishes the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which assesses the conservation status of species.
IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects globally and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network—a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.
IUCN’s stated vision is “a just world that values and conserves nature”. Its mission is to “influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable”.


Global Footprint Network


Global Footprint Network is an international organization which provides tools and programs that can help countries thrive in a resource-constrained world. More than ever, decision-makers are employing Ecological Footprint accounting to manage their ecological capital, both now and for the future. These programs help decision-makers recognize the impact of ecological overshoot on their own policies, investments and projects, and demonstrate that it is both in their interest and within their power to turn the tide. By proving to national governments, finance institutions, and international development agencies that they can be more successful if they operate within nature’s budget, Global Footprint Network aims to foster a more stable and prosperous future.


Center for International Environmental Law

1452298_10152008468005617_1851303853_nSince 1989, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has worked to strengthen and use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. With offices in Washington, DC and Geneva, CIEL’s staff of international attorneys provide legal counsel and advocacy, policy research and capacity building in the areas of biodiversity, chemicals, climate change, human rights and the environment, international financial institutions, law and communities, trade and Sustainable Development. Over its 20 years, CIEL has trained more than 350 interns from 53 countries, providing an important educational opportunity for lawyers in training. In conjunction with this program, CIEL conducts a joint research and teaching program with The American University’s Washington College of Law.


Rainforest Action Network

ran-thumbRainforest Action Network (RAN) is a non-profit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California with office staff in Tokyo, Japan, plus thousands of volunteer scientists, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens around the world. RAN uses hard-hitting markets campaigns to align the policies of multinational corporations with widespread public support for environmental protection. It believes that logging ancient forests for copy paper or destroying an endangered ecosystem for a week’s worth of oil is not just destructive, but outdated and unnecessary.