Results

Living Lab year 2014-2015

Green management

From the Facility Management department of the UU, questions arose on sustainable dredging of water ways at the Uithof and sustainable ways of weed management. The main findings of the group that looked into these issues were that the best way to process the by-products of dredging are highly dependent on the contamination of the products.

Students:     Bas van der Schalie, Roelant Knauff, Paul Oevermans, Riki Hissink and Roxane Verhoeff.

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Water quality

These students have looked into ways to purify water at the Uithof. Specifically, they looked at the regions of veterinary sciences where chemicals are often used. They were looking for ways to improve the prevention of toxicity, and to optimize measurement techniques. The resulting designs can be implemented to improve the way wastewater is purified and the way in which toxicity is prevented or measured.

Students:     Renaldo Kalicharan, Jacky Haring, George Weijs, Valat Coskun and Daan Rijpkema

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Green on Campus

Esmee chose this research topic for her bachelor thesis of Human Geography and Planning because she was inspired by a research of Ecorys and Dimensus on the liveability at De Uithof which took place in 2014. This research showed that 70 percent of these residents wanted green spaces which they could use as an extra living space to relax and study. Her research looks at how residents of De Uithof experience the different types of green spaces at the Utrecht Science Park today by taking part in a set-out walking route along the selected types of green spaces.

Students:      Esmee Ruland

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Recycling nudges

The main goal of this research is to enhance the effectiveness of waste separation at the UU using psychological knowledge. In order to do so, the students did an experiment in the Langeveld building and the bridge between the van Unnik building and the UU library. They did baseline measurements using bins for plastic, paper and residuals, after which they used visual cues on one location and nudge theory text incentives on the other. As the students are now finalizing their research, the results are not yet in, but we will probably get a first idea at the symposium!

Students:      Keri van den Heuvel, Ruben Risamenapatty, Marije Vlek, Loes Schurink

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Living Lab year 2013-2014

Energy saving through IT

In order to realise energy savings through IT, only minor technical barriers have to be overcome. The most important one is the economic barrier. However, these students have found that a collection of measures would be able to account for up to €10.000 savings. These measures are a default monitor brightness of 50% and the automatic turning into standby mode after 20 minutes of inactivity of student workstations when nobody is logged in.

Students:     Robert Orzanna, Axel Roozen, Henrik Sontag, Joep Weerdenburg en Bas van Zuijlen.

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The GOU used the knowledge generated to start a campaign. Read about the IT Campaign here!

 

‘Plastic Heroes’

To improve the UU plastic recycling program, three important recommendations were made: changing policy and procedures (such as the Code of Conduct), changing the infrastructure of waste collection, stimulating sustainable behaviour of staff and students. When done right, this will improve plastic waste separation by up to 33%. The minimal improvement found is 5%, still improving overall sustainability in a quantifiable manner.

Students:              Francis Zoet, Milagro Elstak, Stefano Groso, Jacques Werner and Jess Wreyford.

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The GOU used the knowledge generated to start a campaign. Read about the Plastic Campaign here

 

Energy efficient building of new installations at the Uithof

The main conclusion drawn by this group is that numerous measures are available to improve the energy footprint of the Geotower. The most important would be recycling different building materials, and efficiently using lighting ventilation, heating, and cooling.

Students:     Wouter Buijze, Maarten Krieckaert, Alexander Mayrepis, Georgios Panis, Tanika Scherbinski and Jivan Wassenaar.

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Improving Uithof water use

The main findings of this group were that the collection of rainwater, increased transparency and awareness of water use, and new water treatment options could significantly decrease Uithof water use. Suitable treatment options might be sand filters, diverse valves, constructed wetlands, and aerobic biological treatment.

Students:     George Antonopoulos, Johan Boterenbrood, Karmen van Dyck, Marko Ilic and Alex Werner.

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Greening the Utrecht Introduction Week (UIT)

Together with the Introductie Commissie Utrecht (ICU) and the Green Office, the students chose a set of key domains on which to assess the UIT’s sustainability performance. These domains were plastic, paper and electricity. Their recommendations included the use of jute or cotton bags, to implement an online information provision system, reducing the need for paper and to use ESaver, a technology that reduces fuel consumption with 40%.

Students:      Fotis Alatas, Neje Frece, Ellen Guimaraes and Marten Verdenius.

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