Sustainable
(Under)graduate
Research

Struggling with your research topic? Still looking for a case for your master or bachelor thesis? Here are some ready-to-go research topics for you, provided by the Green Office Utrecht Living Lab! Within the Green Office Utrecht, the Living Lab forms the connection between research and education at Utrecht University. Together with teachers and students, we try to find solutions to sustainability related issues put forward by university staff. Below you find some examples from a longer list of research topics. Interested in taking a look at the whole list? Mail us at livinglab.greenoffice@uu.nl or just drop by at our office!

Collection- and processing method for 'Non-recyclable glass'

In glass waste, no heat resistant glass can be discarded. However, there is still no alternative method found to recycle this “non-recyclable” glass. Even major glass recyclers like Maltha, do not have a solution for this. The question remains, what to do with this waste. Until now, the glass is discarded together with residual waste which means it ends up in incinerators, after which it is deposited in landfills, regarding sustainability of waste processing the worst possible option. The ‘best’ option today is to direct deposition into landfills, to prevent the negative effects the heat resistant glass has on the incinerating process.

Nudging towards sustainability in the Educatorium canteen

The operator of the Educatorium canteen, Sodexo, is very keen on finding out what nudging could do to sustainable choices of customers. This research topic would focus on comparing general sales with sales when a nudging component is included. Regarding this nudging component, one could think of adding signs to more sustainable options (conscious nudging) or making them more easily accessible (unconscious nudging). Furthermore, a survey could be conducted to gather more information on customer opinions.