Increasing biodiversity

Biodiversity is under pressure worldwide. Over 35,000 plant and animal species are facing extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This is why the university wants to help increase the biodiversity at local, national and global levels. By 2035, we want to be a green campus by means of enhancing and restoring the local biodiversity. 

How are we going to do that?

  • more ecological design and maintenance of the campus
  • protecting animals and plants
  • reducing the ecological footprint 
  • more education on and research into biodiversity
  • increase impact

Increase impact

Besides this, we want to have more impact on this theme as Utrecht University by means of more support for the restoration of biodiversity and the sharing of knowledge. This way, we contribute to the protection and restoration of ecosystems, and reach more people who can devote themselves to biodiversity. With this, we increase the (positive) impact on biodiversity.

Reducing our ecological footprint

The university wants to increase the biodiversity at local, national and global levels. This is why we look critically and openly at our own (global) ecological footprint. This footprint is formed by what we buy, construct and throw away as a university. This influences biodiversity far away and nearby. It depends on where materials are produced and how waste is processed.

We put the emphasis in reducing our footprint on the five components of the Dutch ecological footprint. These are:

  • use of meat, dairy and other food
  • wood and paper
  • construction
  • transport and infrastructure
  • clothing and textile

In addition, it is relevant to look at the impact of carbon offsets.

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