Green HSE Wins 2020 Moscow Volunteer Competition
The team of Green HSE, an ecological student association, took first place in the category ‘Kind Team. University’, where the largest number of participants (2,025 contestants) took part. Eight volunteer teams from Moscow universities made it to the final round of the competition.
The annual Moscow Volunteer Competition took place for the sixth time. For the first time ever, the award ceremony was held online. The new category ‘Thank You’ was also introduced this year: this category gives each volunteer organization an opportunity to nominate its best volunteers for the award.
This year, eight new categories were added:
‘Organizer of good deeds’;
‘Kind team. School’;
‘Kind team. College’;
‘Kind team. University’;
‘Kind team. Corporate association’;
The team of Green HSE, an ecological student association, was considered best among volunteer associations of Moscow universities. ‘We are glad that we won as a team,’ says Margarita Reznichenko, Green HSE Leader, adding: ‘2020 has shown the importance of our unity, and I hope that this victory will help us to pull together even more! We try to participate more often in external events and look forward to new success.’
Margarita told the HSE News Service about how the students had to compete for the first place. The competition was held in two rounds. ‘During the first round, we presented a detailed description of the association’s structure and work, as well as our programme of activities for the last academic year. Several teams qualified for the finals: we competed with the volunteer centres of seven Moscow universities,’ says the student. ‘In the finals, we presented our programme to the experts, as well as solved a small volunteering case,’ he notes.
The Green HSE leader also noted that the volunteers have big plans for the coming year. The team wants to enhance educational work so that HSE University can raise awareness among students and staff about environmental science. ‘If we manage to develop the foundations for degree programmes in the future, it would be a great victory,’ says Margarita.
Green HSE is a volunteer student association based out of the Higher School of Economics, which brings together HSE undergrads, doctoral students and graduates. The main task of the volunteers is to make HSE a ‘green’ university and promote responsible attitudes towards the environment. This association implements separate waste collections in HSE buildings, participates in international conferences, conducts excursions, film screenings, lectures, and publishes articles and manuals on environmental issues.
On June 3, a meeting with Chris Thaller, Head of Creative Projects at Runtastic by adidas and founder of the Parley Foundation, who is involved in a project to gather and recycle oceanic plastic, will take place at HSE University.
The environmental student organization Green HSE has launched a service for the separate collection of plastic waste. Special yellow containers can be found across HSE buildings. For now only plastic bottles can be collected for recycling.
Members of the student organisation Green HSE volunteered to clean up nearly 30 meters of lakeshore around Moscow region’s Lake Relax, as well as 60 square meters of the surrounding forest. The volunteers managed to collect more than 50 120-liter bags of trash.
Green HSE, a student environmental club, is taking part in the upcoming Moscow Flower Show, an international festival of gardens and flowers. As part of the HSE project ‘A University Open to the City’, students will give a presentation on mini parks, the goal of which is to revitalize one of Moscow’s abandoned mini parks or courtyards.