Global Environment & Society Academy

GESA students at Clinton Global Initiative 2016

12 students from Edinburgh - five of whom were supported financially by GESA - took part in an international meeting with President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton this April. 

CGI students 2015
Prof. E Bomberg
Prof. Elizabeth Bomberg

The students joined over 1,000 students from around the world at the University of California, Berkeley as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) which brings together university students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. Our students were chosen by CGI U on the basis of projects they designed to address environment and development challenges. 

One GESA-supported project, SolarBerry, was mentioned specifically by President Clinton in his closing address.

Learn more about SolarBerry

View the webcast of President Clinton's address

The students were joined by CGI Academic Mentor Prof Elizabeth Bomberg (Programme Director, GEPS and Deputy Director of the Global Environment and Society Academy). 

The event was incredibly inspiring, featuring an impressive line-up of activists, entrepreneurs and sustainability innovators. CGI U provided a chance for students to network, learn from others, make connections and get inspired. They accomplished all of the above!

To find out more about the conference, the student projects, and their experience at CGI U, check out their blog: Pachamama Edinburgh