Establishing a carbon-conscious air travel cycle at UM (winning proposal)
This proposal outlines an institutional policy framework to springboard Maastricht University’s air business travel culture into a holistic carbon-conscious air travel cycle. The aim is to encourage and support the UM community in making low-emission travel choices as well as to spread awareness about traveling necessity. It contributes to a new academic culture, in which long distance business travel is not viewed as imperative for a successful international network and academic career.
The policy holds a UM Sustainable Travel officer responsible for informing and supporting the UM community on how to make the best travel choices in terms of carbon emissions and usability, depending on travel destination. Additionally, the policy proposes compensating 100% of UM’s community air travel emissions by investing in an internal UM Air Travel Mitigation Fund. The fund is part of a larger system to gather financial resources to support low-emission travel choices and other sustainability projects at UM.