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The challenge to develop a sustainable society is one of the greatest facing society in the 21st century. Utrecht University is committed to fulfilling its social responsibility in this area and to making active contributions to address not only the ecological dimension, but also economic and social aspects. Sharing scientific knowledge plays an important part in this, as do our efforts to set an inspiring example – always guided by the principle of seeking a sound balance between People, Planet and Profit.

“Assessing the sustainability of UU curricula” project
Utrecht University aims to clearly define its education offering in the area of sustainability. Therefore, following the example of other universities such as Cardiff University, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) and the University of Leeds, a special project will be launched in the 2014/2015 academic year in which students will scan Utrecht University's entire curriculum using the Staunch “Sustainability Tool for Auditing University Curricula in Higher Education” methodology. For more information and the course description, see under Education.


Utrecht University offering talented young staff members a chance to take part in the Nudge Leadership Challenge
Nudge and the TSM Business School have been organising the ‘Nudge Leadership Challenge’ since 2012. Last year, Utrecht University offered an opportunity to take part to one talented young Utrecht University staffer. This year, we're doing it again. Want to have a chance at being part of this unique experience? Read the summary below and enter before 15 May 2014.
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Introducing Netherlands Earth System Science Centre

Contributing to a sustainable future

Sustainability is one of the four strategic themes in which Utrecht University will further define its profile over the coming years. These themes link up with the Netherlands’ economic Top Sectors and EU Grand Challenges. Study programmes are also shining a spotlight on sustainability, and the University has placed an explicit focus on sustainability in relation to knowledge valorisation and operations.

Integral solutions

Utrecht University bundles existing expertise in Geosciences, Natural Sciences, Economics, Law, Public Administration and Social and Behavioural Sciences in order to develop integral solutions to sustainability issues. The combination of knowledge in these various disciplines yields a multidisciplinary approach to sustainability issues that is unique to Utrecht University.

Sustainable operations

Utrecht University has been making systematic efforts over the past few years to increase the sustainability of its operations. The main focus is on sustainable accommodations, mobility, energy use, purchasing and use of facilities. Through a combination of measures, the University intends to progressively reduce its ecological footprint.


Utrecht University is a partner is various initiatives centring on sustainability, including the Utrecht Sustainability Institute (which is also the umbrella organisation for Sustainable Finance Lab and TERI) and Climate-KIC.