Maastricht University has developed a Sustainability Vision 2030 to make UM an inclusive, innovative and sustainable university by 2030. Sustainability is an important theme in our education and research and we will also contribute by further limiting the ecological and social footprint of our operations. Furthermore, we will develop a sustainability culture in order to inspire the entire UM community to be active stakeholders in this endeavour.
To reach our sustainability goals we are working closely with other parties in the region, including the Maastricht city council on the Maastricht-Bereikbaar project and the COOL-Maastricht platform. In December 2015, UM was one of the city’s first major institutions to sign the Maastricht Energy Accord with the council. The goal is, by 2020, to generate 35% of our electricity renewably either on site or in cooperation with regional partners.
The Facility Services advises the Executive Board and UM staff and students on matters relating to sustainability and the environment. If you have questions, suggestions or complaints about permits, environmental or sustainability issues, please call the Service Point Facility Services.
Since its foundation in 2010, the Maastricht University Green Office (UMGO) has played a major role in turning sustainability into a key theme at UM. The UMGO initiates, coordinates and monitors sustainability projects, bringing students, staff and third parties together and providing advice on sustainability issues. Run by students and supported by UM staff, the office promotes out-of-the-box thinking and facilitates the development of surprising solutions. The UMGO works closely with Facility Services on the sustainability of UM operations, and joins forces in the areas of education and research with the sustainability institute ICIS and the educational innovation centre EdLab.
UM giving waste a future
From the end of March 2017, we will start separating waste in all our buildings. Paper, plastic and general waste will be collected in separate bins. Our goal is to shrink general waste flows to the bare minimum, and our motto is: Use less. Recycle the rest.
Waste sorting and recycling are in line with UM’s ambition to be a green university by 2030. Giving recyclable waste a second life helps to minimise the impact waste has on the environment. Initially we aspire to cutting general waste from 55% to 40% of the total waste flow by 2021.
For more information please visit the waste separation page.
- UM Sustainability Vision 2030
- Environmental management review 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 (in Dutch only)
- Environmental annual report, Randwyck campus 2014 , 2015 , 2016 (in Dutch only)
For more documents and publications on sustainability at Maastricht University, please see the Green Office website .
UM building gives textile waste a second lifeTuesday, July 17, 2018
The UM administration building will soon be fitted with sound-proofing panels made from recycled textile waste by people with a labour market disability.
Sustainability on economists’ radarWednesday, June 13, 2018
Sustainability has become firmly ensconced in the world of economists. These days, no calculation is made without accounting for environmental effects, corporate responsibility and the long term.
There is such a thing as a free lunch – a sustainable student initiativeTuesday, June 12, 2018
Foodsharing Maastricht is a student initiative that collects leftover food from local supermarkets and hotels. The food can then be picked up by any comers in Building X, Tapijnkazerne.