Maastricht University (UM) wants to be a sustainable university by 2030. We will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDGs)   by further limiting the ecological and social footprint of our operations. In addition, sustainability is an important theme in our education and research; we try to involve the entire academic community in this endeavour.

Within the pillars education, research and operations, we focus on the following SDGs:

  • Good health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Quality education (SDG 4)
  • Climate action (SDG 13)
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16)

 Keep reading in the Sustainability Vision 2030  

What can you do?

Green Impact

Green Impact UM

Green Impact is a change and engagement programme, set up in the UK, that enables, accredits and awards university departments for sustainability efforts.

Sustainability competition
With the Green Impact campaign, UM encourages staff members to participate in a sustainability competition. Participating teams gain credits for sustainability actions – such as encouraging the use of public transport and bikes or working on an advice on double sided printing. By taking concrete action the Green Impact campaign ensures positive, sustainable changes of the workplace. At the end of the year there is an award ceremony. 

Last Wednesday, on the national day of Sustainability, we launched the Green Impact Programme. Click here for the presentation.

Send an email to sustainability[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl to register your team or to request more information. Participating teams will be able to follow the progress of their actions in a Green Impact toolkit

 In the Green Impact FAQ   you can read on about Green Impact and the toolkit.

Sylvia Tosatto of the Green Office explains Green impact during the opening of the academic year 2018/19.

Green Office

Green Office

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.


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    INKOM most sustainable introduction week in the Netherlands

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    The introduction week of Maastricht University, INKOM, was this year’s most sustainable Dutch introduction week.

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    One Young World and Maastricht University: Leadership for a better tomorrow

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Maastricht University is proudly announcing an opening for a delegate position for an inspiring young Maastricht University leader for this year’s One Young World Summit (The Hague, 17-20 October 2018)

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    Library of Things: Out of the attic, into the commonweal

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    UM students Elisa Etrari, Anna Reyneri and Becca Bowers are running Library of Things. It’s exactly what you think it is: you sign up, choose something from their online catalogue or just browse – then you borrow whatever you need and bring it back once you are done using it.

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