Sustainability

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 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 programme, 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. Unfortunately it is not possible anymore to subscribe as a Green Impact staff team for this academic year.

Downloads:

 In the Green Impact FAQ   you can read on about Green Impact and the toolkit.
On the national day of Sustainability (10 Oct) we launched the Green Impact Programme. Click here for the presentation.

Green Impact Maastricht University

 

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.

News

  • sustainability plastic waste

    Precious Plastic Maastricht – the potential of waste

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Precious Plastic Maastricht is currently setting up a local recycling workspace that turns plastic waste into entirely new goods, such as bins, beams, 3D printer filaments, and much more.

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  • Green Impact Challenge

    Impact over Image

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Green Impact Challenge

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  • UM Warm Sweater week 2019

    Evaluating the Warm Sweater Week 11-15 February 2019

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    February 15th was the National Warm Sweater Day. All over The Netherlands more than 200.000 people participated by turning down the heat by 1 degree.

    At Maastricht University a majority of its buildings participated during the whole week. We want to thank all of you for bearing with us! We got lots of reactions spanning from “Please do this during the whole year” to “I had to wear my coat to work”. Sometimes the working conditions were really unbearable.

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