Green Office Team

Drop by our office anytime and meet our team!
Anjelle, Manager Green Office Utrecht

My name is Anjelle Rademakers and I’m the manager of Green Office Utrecht. I believe that universities play an important role in the sustainable development of our planet. And I believe each and every individual can contribute to this development. I want to make students and staff members see that each idea, however small, is relevant, that passion is contagious and that dreams are often shared by others. I used to study at Utrecht University myself, did my masters in International Development Studies at the faculty of Geosciences and I know by experience, that a paper written for the drawer is a waste of everybody’s time! So use your knowledge and creativity for the greater good and come talk to us!

Tessa, Communications Officer
Portretfoto Tessa Wilmink

I am Tessa, Communications Officer at the Green Office Utrecht. After finishing my master’s degree in Communication Sciences I started working as a teacher in higher education. After a couple of years I switched to communications. Working with a passionate, enthusiastic team I think is very inspiring.  I like being part of an organization in which people work together  trying to build a better world and were they give each other space to transform ideas into practice. That is the great thing about the Green Office Utrecht, because that is exactly what happens here. Are you as well full of ideas and are you looking for a place to share them? Feel free to step by at our office for a brainstorm meeting!

George, Assistant Manager
Green Office team member George

I am George, the Assistant Manager, and a former Project and Volunteer Coordinator at the Green Office. I’m responsible for helping my fellow “Greenies” with their exciting tasks and projects, so that the Green Office can make Utrecht University even more sustainable. I’m going to bring my energy, passion for sustainability, and bad (but green) jokes to the GOU so that we’re the hub for green living and laughs! I would love to hear your awesome ideas, get more people involved in sustainability and help you become a change maker for the future! I’ll leave you with a cracker: Why are pirates so eco-friendly? Because they always follow the three arrrrrrs!

Sandra, Green Office Host
Sandra GOU

Hi, I’m Sandra and I’m the Host of the Green Office. I’m originally from France but came to live in the Netherlands 20 years ago. I’ve always loved nature and I find it very unfair the way nature suffers nowadays so I’m very proud to work at the Green Office with people who stand up and give a voice to sustainability. In the GOU I take care of the plants (there are quite a lot of them) and make sure the Green Office is a nice place for everybody to work in. I also grow plants for people to take away through the Adopt a Plant project, so if you want to adopt a plant there is one waiting for you in the GOU.

Elsa, Project and Volunteer Support
GOU-teammember Elsa

Hi! I am Elsa and I am responsible for the Project and Volunteer Support at the Green Office. I am a History and Law student at Utrecht University and have a profound interest in conflict studies and international relations. I joined the Green Office because I noticed that a lot of students around me are either not aware of sustainability and why it is needed, or want to live a more sustainable lifestyle but do not know how. I believe that the Green Office is a place where ‘green’ ideas are turned into action.

The best way to learn how to live sustainably is to participate in activities and projects that show how sustainability works. I am happy to be part of the Green Office because this is the place where people come together to share and realize their ideas and make the University more sustainable. Here students get the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects or set up their own green project to contribute to a better world. It is my job to support them and keep them motivated and enthusiastic.

If you have an exciting ‘green’ idea or if you want to be a volunteer at the Green Office and contribute to a more sustainable UU, come and join us! Feel free to come by the office anytime and we will look at ways in which you can help us!

Shona, Digital Communications Coordinator
Shona Digital Communications Coordinator

Hi! I’m Shona, the Digital Communications Coordinator for the Green Office. Originally from Scotland, I’m finishing up my MA in Gender Studies here in Utrecht. My interest in sustainability is closely tied to my beliefs in equality, justice and social change - finding more sustainable ways of living is crucial to building a fair and habitable future for everyone. To me, that means building communities, working collectively to change the way we think and act, and seeing ourselves as part of the environment rather than separate from it.

I’m a big believer in creativity, and I think the arts and humanities have lots to contribute to environmental thinking - my recent academic work has focused on ecological relations between nature, culture and politics. But now I’m excited to be involved in more practical, tangible projects, helping to grow the Green Office community and spread the word about what we’re doing. If you have a creative idea for getting people engaged, or an artistic initiative you’d like to contribute to our online platforms, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Tamar, Green Impact Officer
Tamar van der Wouden

Hi! My name is Tamar, and I am the Green Impact Officer at the Green Office. To work here is an absolute dream job: I can not think of any other place where people are so passionate and motivated to work for a better future. Within my role I do not only organize our activities as big and extravagantly as possible, but I also try to work in an interdisciplinary and intersectional way. My personal goal is to bring social sustainability into the spotlights within the Green Office as well as the UU.

Giorgio, Campaign Coordinator
Giorgio Ponte

Hi! I am Giorgio and I am the new green office campaign coordinator! I was born in Italy but I have been living in the Netherlands for the last four years. As a master student in sustainable development with a deep interest for sustainability I have decided to join the green office team to be able to put in practice several skills that I am learning at the university. I am extremely fascinated by the effects that increasing awareness on sustainability through informative campaigns has on people’s daily choices. I believe that university has a leading role in this societal transformation and we has part of it we need to contribute with our knowledge and actions.

Regarding the non academic/ non professional part of me I have a passion for sports and nature. I consider myself as an outdoor sport lover and I love to spend my free time with many different sporty activities such as Bouldering, running, skiing and hiking.  This passion for outdoor life has made me realize how much we should value these beautiful resources so that the future generations could enjoy this beauty as much as we are doing.

Libby, Living Lab Coordinator

In 2014 I started my bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the UU and this year I m planning to get my bachelors degree. In August 2017 I, Libby, started as a Living Lab Coordinator at the Green Office. I don’t have to do this alone. I have help from Anouk Talen, the Living Lab Officer. Together we make sure that all the questions handed in by the employees of the UU about sustainability are answered by students. With  the rapport full of advice from the student we going to check out together with the employee how to implemented it and make the university even more sustainable.

The Green Office is for me a place where the policy of the university around sustainability is put into action together with students. I like to make my friends and family enthusiastic about sustainability and via the Green Office the public is even a lot bigger. A small change starts with you taking the first step and this is a lot easier with other enthusiastic and motivated people around you. At the Green Office we have a super motivated team that is also very hands on what motivates me to be every day more sustainable. Do you also want to get motivated or do you have a great plan to make the university an it's students even more sustainble? Join us!

Marenthe, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Marenthe Marketing & Outreach

As Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, I represent the Green Office Utrecht at a variety of events focused on informing, involving and empowering students and employees of the UU. Currently I am a third-year Liberal Arts and Sciences student with a focus on Governance for Sustainable Development. My studies make me look outside my disciplinary boundries and I like to look at the world in this way. I believe that everyone can incorporate sustainability into their area of interest. My favourite animal is a cow because they have four stomachs and because of that they can eat a lot of food - I love food! 

Daria, City Centre Explorer
Daria City Centre Explorer

Hey there! My name is Daria and I'm the city centre explorer. My job is to reach out to the university faculties in the city centre of Utrecht, where we are opening a new Green Office space in October! I hope you're looking forward as I am to having our own little green heart in the city where green activities will be carried out. 

I am originally from Bologna in Italy, and I am passionate about the social and environmental challenges that our society is facing. I believe that finding sustainable and fair solutions in the next few decades will really make a difference for the societies we want the next generations to live in, so let's take action together! Let me know if you have any green ideas that you would like to see in the new location in the city centre.

Fae, Activities Coordinator
Fae Activities Coordinator

I’m Fae Rinaldo and I’m the Activities and Campaign Coordinator for Food and Green Campus – my two favourite things –  I love food and I love being outdoors! These are important to me because we all have to eat every day, which means that each day offers the opportunity for us to make a small but significant decision through the way that we eat. It’s pretty cool that a normal, small and daily action can actually be SO impactful… and tasty! The Green Campus theme is new, and I'm very happy to be starting on it as my master's thesis sparked my interest in biophyllic urban design. With these themes I work with a fab team of volunteers and committee members to create all sorts of activities that involve campus with these themes. I love working with people and brainstorming new ideas – supporting them to make it happen and see the fruits. Get in touch if you have any ideas or just want to get involved!