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YES History


From “course” to “lab”: YES is reinvented as a hands-on training lab building skills and minds for a sustainable future. While maintaining the unique, holistic YES approach, YES strengthens its local impact through a broader organizational base and strong hosting partners like Amirkabir University of Technology Tehran (Iran) and LEAD University (Costa Rica).


The first YES course run by myclimate takes place in Naivasha, Kenya. It is the 40th YES course. "We’re proud to take over and continue to develop this great project," says Dominik Mösching, former YES director at myclimate. To date, more than 200 faculty members and experts have contributed to the delivery of YES; a growing number are YES alumni themselves.


Actis is integrated into the myclimate education department. From left to right Dr. Giatgen-Peder Fontana, myclimate foundation board president; Dr. Roger Baud, Actis; René Estermann, myclimate CEO. Dr. Baud is “happy that this project is staying in the YES family. With its competence and broad set of skills, myclimate will set new standards as a strong operator.”


1000 YES Alumni reached! This demands more institutionalized structures. The platform is launched, and the “YES Alumni Association YAA” is founded by YES Alumni. Plus: YES goes Australia (with International Water Center) – YES now spans all continents.


Actis Education takes over: After his retirement from ETH Zürich, Dr. Roger Baud launches the new spin-off to continue implementing YES – in close coordination with the AGS partners, but as independent and dynamic organization only committed to YES.


After Europe (Slovakia 2006 with University of Economics Bratislava) and Asia (Japan 2007 with Hosei University), YES goes Africa: 1st YES course in Kenya at Egerton University and launch of the partnership with UNEP, the UN Environmental Program based in Nairobi.


YES goes America: The first YES course outside of Switzerland is realized in Costa Rica, together with Avina and INCAE Business School. ETH students develop a project to compensate the carbon emission of the event – the idea for myclimate is born! (Today, myclimate operates YES…the cycle is complete.)


After two very successful pilot years, YES becomes „Youth Encounter on Sustainability“. The “ETH Sustainability” institute with director Dr. Roger Baud takes over full responsibility for the YES program. YES ventures into new disciplines and countries.


YES is born – but under a slightly different name than today: The first „Youth Environmental Summit“ is held in Braunwald (Switzerland) with 28 students from 24 countries, led by ETH’s Dr. Roger Baud.


The AGS launches the „Taskforce for Environmental Education“: Professors of all involved institutions develop an interdisciplinary educational offer on sustainability for students – a groundbreaking idea at the time.


The „Alliance for Global Sustainability“ (AGS) is founded: A research partnership of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Tokyo. Later, Chalmers University Göteborg and EPFL Lausanne join AGS.