The cooperative ERSE was founded in Tuscany by a group of young environmental officers.

"Our education and training started in university and continued afterwards while working. Each of us had gained a great deal of experience in the field, but because of a difficult economic context, none of those was long-term experienced. Then our trajectories met and we got together" explains Filippo, President and member of the Technical Committee of ERSE and Doctor in Biology.

ERSE is a cooperative of independent workers "because it’s democratic, mutualist and people-focused. It aims at improving the working conditions of the members. A cooperative also entails a lot of responsibilities. At the end, it comes down to running an enterprise and this represents for us an added value", says Filippo.