Maastricht University wants to contribute to a more sustainable future on earth with its education, research and operations. Its aim is to integrate sustainability in the DNA of the entire organization by 2030.
To reach that aim UM has created the taskforce Sustainable UM2030 that will work on sustainability issues. The taskforce consists of researchers, teachers and UM policy makers and works with students via the Green Office.
In order to be a sustainable university by 2030 the taskforce wants to achieve:
As a university, our task is to train students properly, to deliver scientific research and to have an impact on society. Our vision is that sustainability cannot be separated from this. That is why the taskforce consists of three pillars: education, research and operations. We want to contribute to a better world as a university by means of the aforementioned core qualities, academic education and research, and also by means of our own operational management. That is why these three pillars are inseparable from each other.
The pillar Sustainable Education aims to involve the entire academic community in the process of becoming a truly sustainable university by 2030.
Within the Sustainable UM2030 programme, the researchers are focusing on Sustainable research and Sustainability research.
Operations management, or operations for short, includes matters such as housing and mobility, but also the creation of a healthy and inclusive work environment.
The themes we'll work on this year are:
How does it work?
You pick one of the themes above that you would like to work on. Until May 2020 you work together within a team on a plan that can be implemented at UM. Of course the team of Sustainable UM2030 will help you along during workshops and via intranet. You can sign up, even if you've missed some of the events already. Alternatively, you can attend the meetings without signing up if you would like to listen in on what we are working on.
Time: 9 - 10.30 h, Location: Turnzaal, FASoS, Grote Gracht 90-92
Time: 9.30 - 11 h via Zoom
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