Interview with Green Office member Daria Zendri

Study: Building Physics and Services

Age: 25

GO member since: September 2018

Why did you join GO Green Office?

I joined the team because I realized that there were many things in the university regarding sustainability that weren’t right. Joining the team seemed a good opportunity to do something about it – or at least try.

What is your function within the team?

During my first year at Green Office I developed a project which goal was to implement sustainability topic within the curriculum of Bachelor and Master students. This year I’m focusing on smaller projects, like clean-up events on campus, policy regarding the purchase of goods within our office and creating a biodiversity tour on campus.

What do you like the most about the work and the team?

I really like working with other students with different mentalities and background, because it means different ideas and point of view. The meetings are inspiring and bring fresh ideas every week!

What would you like to improve on the university with respect to sustainability?

I would like to reduce the waste (food, garbage, water, energy…) of the university to (almost) zero.

If you can give any advice to your fellow students, what would it be?

My advice is to try to do small things in their daily routine, such as reducing, repairing, recycling, checking the origin of what they buy and so on; there is no need for big things. Many times, I feel demoralized by looking at other people’s behavior, but in the last years I’ve noticed that awareness is growing day by day and I really believe that big changes will happen. “Many small people who in many small places do many small things that can alter the face of the world” (African proverb).

What do you do to be more sustainable at a personal level?

I’m substituting daily object in more sustainable ones (reusable water bottle, bamboo toothbrush, reusable coffee cup, shampoo bars, …); I also try to buy just second-hand clothes and buy food in local markets.

Where do you want to work when you finished your studies?

I would like to work for a company that focuses on circular economy in the built environment, in order to combine the sustainability vision with my studies.

If you could interview anyone on the topic of sustainability, who whould it be?

I would like to interview Ellen MacArthur, the founder of the “Ellen MacArthur Foundation”, a charity that works with business and education to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

This interview is part of a series of interviews with GO Green Office members. Don’t forget to check out the other interviews in our blog if you want to learn more about the team!