Green Challenges: Submit a project idea to improve UU sustainability

Are you a UU student or staff member with an idea to make our campus more socially or environmentally sustainable?

Submit your idea to the Green Challenges campaign! If you are selected as a winner, you can get funding to implement the project, and an opportunity to present your idea to other universities in UNI-ECO's network.

This challenge was launched by UNI-ECO in partnership with several universities including Utrecht University, through the Green Office.

The Green Challenges campaign aims to respond to the need to build social and environmental sustainability into the core ethos of modern universities.

What’s in it for you

If your idea gets selected by the Green Office, your project will have potential for implementation, and it will receive between €500 - €2000 in funding.

Your team would gain access to a dedicated online space where you will be able to obtain information, exchange ideas and coordinate the implementation of your mini-project.

Additionally, your team leader or one of your team members can present your mini-project to teams from other universities in UNI-ECO's network.

How to participate

You need to be in a team of 2-5 people. Do you have a nice idea but don’t have a team yet? Email the Green Office at

Applications must be submitted within the dedicated platform hosted on the UNI-ECO project website by April 11th.

Your project idea needs to fit within one of the four following themes:

  • Practices that will bring the university closer to a Zero Waste goal
  • Reducing the carbon footprint related to transport at the university
  • Actions to support and enhance biodiversity
  • Reducing the environmental footprint of catering at the university

Make sure that your idea is:

  • Feasible
  • High quality
  • Original

You have to be a UU student or staff member to participate.

Download the challenge’s conditions by clicking here.


The UNI-ECO project is an initiative led by the University of Montpellier in partnership with the University of Barcelona, Utrecht University (through the Green Office), the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and Trinity College Dublin (all members of the CHARM-EU European Universities alliance), as well as the university network UNIMED and the NGO CESIE.

The Green Office is where fresh hearts and minds come together to support Utrecht University’s sustainable development.