What we do

The Sustainability Office of the Utrecht University works together with researchers, staff, faculties, facility services and the real estate department to make Utrecht University sustainable. The Office publishes an annual report, initiates major change processes such as the Travel Differently campaign and helps faculties and departments to achieve their sustainability objectives. In addition, the Office initiates behavioral change campaigns. 

Lines of action

  • We will tangibly embed the Sustainable Development Goals in our teaching.
  • Our strategic research themes focus on the transition to a sustainable society and do so in interaction with civil society actors.
  • In our buildings and on our grounds, we will create sustainability-related testing grounds in which we will bring together teaching, research and operational management. We will maximize our social impact by utilizing renewable energy, thereby reducing our energy consumption and working toward a zero-waste university.
  • We are developing a strategy aimed at increasing biodiversity and further reducing CO2 emissions. We are using our sustainability monitor to track the results and are comparing these to the key performance indicators.

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