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.

UM's sustainability programme focuses on three pillars:

The ambition is to lead the way with our education and research and to follow the usual standards with our operations. In order to involve the entire academic community in sustainable education and sustainable research, we have set up the Sustainable UM 2030 agenda. At the kick-off event on 7 December, the ways to shape and implement the Education and Research pillars were explored and the next steps in our joint sustainability vision were shaped.

Within the three pillars there will be a 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  

Green Office

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The Maastricht University Green Office (UMGO) was the first of a model that has now spread to 27 higher education institutions across six countries! Green Office consists of students that work together with the Taskforce Sustainable UM2030 and other students and UM staff to make UM more sustainable.

Green Office Maastricht   Green Office Maastricht

Green Impact

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Green Impact provides staff and students at UM with a toolkit in which sustainability ‘actions’ can be ticked off. On top of that, teams consisting of staff and students compete with each other on which team completes most of the actions. 
In 2018-2019 13 teams made it to the finish line. In 2019-2020 there will be another round of Green Impact. More information will follow soon.


Here's what we've been working on during Green Impact 2018-2019.

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  • Sustainable

    Four sustainable plans for the coming year

    Thursday, September 12, 2019
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    Survey BA students: interest in UM-wide minor Sustainable Development

    Monday, September 9, 2019

    Between April and July 2019, a survey took place investigating whether bachelor students were interested in having a UM-wide Minor on Sustainable Development. The results of the survey were quite positive towards having such a minor. The taskforce Sustainable UM2030 (met link) has presented a project plan as to make such a minor possible as of the academic year 2020-2021.

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  • Team Carbon wins 3rd place in BISC-E

    From waste cooking oil to protective coating

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    Students of the Biobased Materials master’s programme took third prize in the Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe with their idea to convert waste cooking oil into vinyl ester resins.

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