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Future-proof campus

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Sustainability at Utrecht University

34 hectares of ecologically managed verges and lawns, 21 students living labs on sustainability, an online module 'making your education more sustainable' for teachers and once again an increase in the number of solar panels, bringing the counter to 7,388. In the Sustainability Monitor 2021 you can read about the steps Utrecht University has taken in the past year.

Precious Plastic

Zero waste by 2030

Utrecht University aims to achieve zero waste by 2030. In this context, the Green Office started the Precious Plastic project in 2021. Together with Hogeschool Utrecht, students researched and developed ways to upcycle plastic. Check out the Precious Plastic page 

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Travelling differently

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A top university spreads its wings worldwide, is firmly rooted in the region and is working to create a sustainable world.

Prof. dr. Anton Pijpers.
Anton Pijpers
President of the Executive Board
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Sustainability in research
and education

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2021 at a glance

UU works on sustainability every day and meets the GRI guidelines with this annual report. Read the summary here and get up to date within a few minutes.

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Sustainable operations

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  • A textbook example of energy saving

    The fact that Utrecht University's energy demand fell was largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, energy-saving projects also had their part to play.
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    The academic conference in 2020

    Due to the corona pandemic in 2020, online conferences were experimented with on a large scale. Which of these lessons can we take into 2021?
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  • The Climate Helpdesk, open science in practice

    Thanks to the Climate Helpdesk, you could pose your climate questions directly to a researcher and receive a peer-reviewed response.
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    Improving sustainability with every tender

    Utrecht University is a place where some thirty thousand students live their lives. To make this life possible, many goods and services are needed.
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CO2 footprint

The reduction, in numbers