This session aims to present experiences from existing sustainability learning labs and inspire creation of new ones. The scope is to gather knowledge and experiences from projects that could be categorised as "learning labs", and to facilitate an Arctic network of so-called Green Student-Houses. Ideally this would be in cooperation with local municipalities and governmental organisations, businesses, researchers, and civil society. The University of the Faroe Islands has already established one such Green Student-Houses and will lead the expansion of the www.greenstudenthouse.org network.

The session and papers should focus on how houses or learning labs offer concrete places and spaces to explore sustainability through innovation and entrepreneurship in more practical and tangible ways; places and spaces where people can collaborate on smaller and larger sustainability projects. The convenors will publish the findings from the session.

Many Arctic communities face the same challenges of smallness, remoteness, lack of capacity to build resilient and sustainable societies. A network of Green Student-Houses can turn these challenges into opportunities and positive stories of connectedness across the Arctic through local engagement. The Green Student-Houses facilitates sustainability at micro-scale and deep scale (changing of people’s practices and mind-sets), whereas the Network scales the activities out and up, which is necessary for an effective transformation to a sustainable society in a regional and global perspective. Local participants may become aware of being part of a bigger social movement motivating and empowering local participants through larger impact of small local action.