Sustainability

Maastricht University believes a sustainable world can be achieved by using research to accelerate innovation, by focusing on education to share knowledge and change mindsets, and by leading by example. UM aims to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and making a true impact by university wide multi- and interdisciplinary expertise.

Maastricht University aims for a sustainable world through its research and education and leading by example in its operations. Its aim is to integrate sustainability in the DNA of the entire organisation 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, faculty liaisons and UM policy makers and works with students via the Green Office.

In order to be a sustainable university by 2030 the following ambitions have been formulated:

News

  • Yvonne van der Meer

    “How sustainable is it? That is the question”

    Friday, December 3, 2021

    Professor Yvonne van der Meer is investigating how companies can improve the sustainability of their products. She analyses every material, exposing the lifecycle in its entirety.

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  • rana orhan klimaatmars

    Being at COP26 as an outsider: Rana Orhan reflects

    Thursday, December 2, 2021
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  • Focus on sustainability is an important element in MaastrichtMBA programme

    Friday, November 26, 2021

    MBA programma’s besteden doorgaans veel aandacht aan de P van Profit. Het MaastrichtMBA programma gaat een stap verder, en heeft naast de P van Profit de focus op de P’s van Planet en People op een gelijkwaardige manier geïntegreerd in het curriculum.

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  • plasmalab

    New plasmalab enables sustainable future for chemical industry

    Thursday, November 18, 2021 Read more
  • Stock exchange

    Stock exchange companies must take more responsibility for negative externalities

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    Dutch listed companies must take responsibility for the negative effects that their business activities and supply chain have on people and the planet by aligning their business strategy much more than is currently the case with planetary boundaries. This not only concerns slowing down climate change, but also, for example, combating the loss of biodiversity and the need to think and act in a circular manner.

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  • MORSE-header

    A more sustainable economy? Make way for challengers!

    Monday, October 25, 2021

    Between climate change, inequality of opportunity, and a global pandemic, our world is facing major challenges. A sustainable and stable economy is desperately needed, argues Mark Sanders, Professor of International Economics at Maastricht University.

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  • Give your bike a second life

    Friday, October 22, 2021

    Fietsbank Maastricht collects redundant bikes and repairs them for people with a small budget.

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  • PLASMALAB

    Plasmalab takes step towards sustainable chemistry with EZK subsidy

    Thursday, October 7, 2021 Read more
  • sustainable choice

    Yvonne van der Meer talks about sustainability

    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    How to make the most sustainable product choice

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  • Rethinking plastic

    Rethinking Plastic House

    Monday, September 20, 2021

    AMIBM part of 'Rethinking Plastic House' to raise awareness for sustainable plastics.

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  • tree

    30% of tree species worldwide threatened with extinction

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Read more
  • ‘A new way of thinking’

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    In the new bachelor’s program, Circular Engineering, students learn how to design production processes in different industries as circularly as possible.

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  • seed money call

    Seed Fund for Sustainability Research Spearheads

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021 Read more
  • Degrowth getting bigger

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Read more
  • Pension fund more green thanks to participants

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    Participants in Pensioenfonds Detailhandel want sustainable investments, even if this yields less investment return. This is evident from research by Maastricht University in 2018, and was confirmed during a second study in 2020.  

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  • VerDus-synthesestudie

    VerDus-Synthesis Study: Urban Sustainability Transitions: Energy, Climate, & Circularity

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    How do we involve citizens in the sustainability transition? When do they start participating? What solutions could reliably count on wide public support and how do we find these? What implications could such an approach have for governmental practices? What barriers do sustainable solutions encounter at the institutional level and how could these be overcome?

    By synthesizing the results of twelve different research projects, Joop de Kraker and René Kemp (Maastricht Sustainability Institute) try to provide answers to questions like these.

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  • Dutch Food Week

    Looking for the Netherlands' best agrifood-idea

    Friday, March 5, 2021 Read more
  • UM asks ABP for more sustainable policy

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    In a letter to pension fund ABP (which manages the pensions of UM employees) Maastricht University is asking for a planned approach that will allow the fund to cut ties with sectors with a commitment to fossil fuels as soon as possible. "The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats to our global society," writes the Executive Board.

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  • Maastricht University involved in Green Deal proposals to address the climate crisis

    Monday, February 8, 2021

    Researchers from Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE) are involved in eight proposals for the European Commission’s Green Deal call, which was launched last year.

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  • Engineer of the future brings green chemistry a step closer

    Monday, January 18, 2021

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) at Maastricht University (UM) will begin offering a new bachelor's programme in ‘Circular Engineering’ in September 2021. This course will provide in a new kind of engineer, trained not just in one field, but in a wide variety of disciplines.

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  • Nieboer pitch

    ‘Power to the farmers’

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    UM students Vincent and Laura Nieboer, inspired by their father, came up with an accessible concept to help farmers worldwide stop the depletion of agricultural land. They recently pitched their idea at the ‘Little big talks’ on the occasion of the celebration of 80 years of materials science and innovation at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen.

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  • Ecosia now default on 800 Student Desktops

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    From 15 January, the sustainable search engine Ecosia will be set as the default on 800 Student Desktops (SDT) in both library locations and the Randwyck Computer Facilities. It is also available for installation on every other UM work station. Ecosia generates income through their search ads, which they use to plant trees.

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  • MaastrichtMBA among the world’s best sustainable MBAs

    Friday, November 13, 2020

    UMIO’s MaastrichtMBA programme moves up the grade on sustainable development as it impressively managed to rank 16th globally in the newly published 2020 Better World MBA Ranking organised by Corporate Knights.

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  • UM PhD student solves major waste collection problem in Ghana

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    Through his research, Kwaku Oduro-Appiah, PhD candidate at Maastricht University, has succeeded in making a spectacular contribution to solving the problems of waste collection and processing in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

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  • BREEAM certificate for Maastricht University

    Thursday, August 27, 2020

    Maastricht University has achieved the highest attainable sustainability qualification with its renovation of the former Tapijn barracks. The building will receive a "BREEAM-NL Excellent" quality mark for this.

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  • klip en goetgeluk

    Working together to build new circular value chains

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Setting up a new value chain from agro to chemistry is a challenge Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen and Brightlands Greenport Campus in Venlo are currently working on together.

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  • Signing of the agreement Duurzaam Warmtenet Maastricht

    UM cooperates in development of sustainable heating network

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Read more
  • mody

    Science and the oil industry: an intimate relationship

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    The entanglement between science and the oil industry is also of the pillars of Mody’s research on how to deal with sustainability in times of scarcity, for which he recently received a Vici grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

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  • minor sustainability

    Sustainability goes beyond “the green stuff”

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    When it comes to teaching about sustainability, you need an interdisciplinary team of teachers on board. Sustainable UM2030 organised a meeting in which teachers from various faculties presented their ideas for sustainability courses to students.

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  • Food week

    Sustainability & food week

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    Last week it was the Dutch National Week Without Meat. Alligned with that Green Office organised events during their Sustainability & Food week.

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  • Green Impact

    Teams of students and staff working on sustainability

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    UM gains insight into what employees and students think is most important when it comes to sustainability and we collect many good ideas that can be implemented.

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  • greenspace

    Urban greenspace as motor for exercising, meeting and relaxing

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    Last year, the Maastricht Sustainability Institute joined forces with the public health service (GGD) of Zuid Limburg to investigate the influence of 'green in the neighborhood' on the health of residents in Maastricht.

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  • coop food

    Students run ‘not another supermarket’

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    In 2018, UM student Liza Diane Gordin and some fellow students received a grant from the University Fund Limburg/SWOL to set up the first student food cooperative of the Benelux. 

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  • Debate academics environment s4c

    What role can academics play in addressing the ongoing crises of global warming and biodiversity loss?

    Friday, January 24, 2020

    What is the meaning of academia in times of environmental crisis? This question brought us together during a debate initiated and organized by Students for Climate Maastricht, and supported by Sustainable UM2030 and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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  • solar panel

    Maastricht University invests in solar park. "We want to be a sustainable employer".

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    To accelerate the switch to renewable energy and to reduce CO2 emissions, Maastricht University and Bodemzorg Limburg will make the former Belvedere landfill suitable for installing solar panels.

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  • Precious plastic

    Don’t throw your plastic waste away!

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    The students of Precious Plastic Maastricht have big plans for the future, with the ultimate goal of building four recycling machines for plastic waste. “What’s in Maastricht stays in Maastricht – that should become the new norm when it comes to plastic.”

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  • Nominate your colleague(s) for the Sustainability Award 2019

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    Are you someone who is committed in an extraordinary way or who wants to make UM and its surroundings or society more sustainable? Or do you know someone or a team who has made a special contribution to the sustainability of UM and its surroundings in an administrative, scientific or service related way? Then don't hesitate and compete for the UM Sustainability Award 2019!

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  • Green office logo

    Introducing: the new Green Office team

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    As of October we have a brand new Green Office and they would like to introduce themselves! The Green Office’s aim is to represent the student voice when it comes to sustainability at UM.

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  • sustainable symposium

    (Re)searching sustainability

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    UM organises a symposium to co-create a strategy on sustainability research and sustainable research. Highlights will include the results of a survey on existing research and a discussion to determine our vision on a Sustainable UM in 2030. 

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  • GREENER

    GREENER: dealing with the plastic soup

    Monday, September 30, 2019

    Everyone has heard of the "plastic soup" in the oceans, where plastic waste breaks down into small particles that end up in our food chain because plankton and marine animals consume micro plastics. 

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  • Breeam certificaat

    Design renovations Tapijn scores excellent sustainability certificate

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    The design for the renovation of the former Tapijn barracks has been awarded the BREEAM-NL New Construction and Renovation certificate. The certificate has been achieved with a score of no less than 80.14 and is therefore entitled "excellent".

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  • klimaatmars

    Marching together to save the climate

    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Global climate change is an issue that Arthur Bribosia (UCM) and Marion Meyers (DKE) feel very strongly about. Strong enough to take action. Last May, they got 3000 people out on the street to join the first climate march in Maastricht. For the next march, scheduled for 20 September, they’re hoping for 5000 participants.

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  • Sustainable

    Four sustainable plans for the coming year

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    The new academic year has started, so it’s time to get to know UM’s resolutions regarding sustainability for the coming year!

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  • Stock-plant-hand-coffee-pen

    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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  • Sustainabul

    Maastricht University 6th in SustainaBul ranking

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Starting in 2012, the SustainaBul (which is a pun, as a ‘bul’ is the degree you receive when graduating from university) has ranked the sustainability of the Dutch higher education institutions. The ranking is organised every year by Studenten voor Morgen, a Dutch student initiative. Participating institutions have to fill out a questionnaire to assess the sustainability level of their research, education, business management and integral approach. This month the results from the ranking of 2019 were presented.

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  • Students 4 Climate

    Students for Climate – building a community

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Students marching against climate change? Not really news, is it now? That’s the sort of thing students do anyways. Aware of the stereotype, Students for Climate chose to prick the student bubble for their latest march.

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  • 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

    The finishing line of Green Impact, UM’s sustainability competition, is fast approaching. The Faculty of Science and Engineering’s team is doing very well - even if their numbers-based approach at times fretted against the general focus on awareness over solutions…

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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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  • Biobased sock

    Biobased socks from Sustainable Polymer

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Aim in their study was to develop biobased compostable socks from Polylactic acid (PLA), acknowledged as sustainable and eco-friendly is a biodegradable and compostable polymer obtained from annually renewable resources.

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  • Warm-Sweater-Week at Maastricht University

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    After having participated in the national Warm-Sweater-Day for several years, Maastricht University has decided to organise a Warm-Sweater-Week this year, from 11 to 15 February.

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  • SSC sustainable emloyees

    Green Impact: driving change one lightbulb at a time

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    UM’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and its aim to be a sustainable university by 2030 is taking shape. Green shoots are visible everywhere - metaphorically that is; winter continues as scheduled…

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  • Master housing project

    ‘The art of the new life together’

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    At the place where not so long ago young theatre makers presented their work to the public, fifteen students and ‘differently abled’ people (called the Masters) are now living together.

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  • sustainability vegan

    Sustainability is not a cheesy matter

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, UM wants to have a zero carbon footprint by 2030. Even an occasional hand in the cookie jar of veganism goes a long way towards that.

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  • Brightlands Chemelot Campus

    Maastricht University signs declaration of intent to set up sustainability center at Chemelot

    Thursday, October 25, 2018 Read more
  • inkom wins DIS

    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 ngo

    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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  • LOT logo

    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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  • ICIS - Urban greenspace as a motor for moving, meeting and relaxing

    Urban greenspace as a motor for moving, meeting and relaxing

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Under project name: 'Urban greenspace as a motor for moving, meeting and relaxing', ICIS will collaborate with the GGD and use a spatial computer model to assess benefits of greenspace for health in Maastricht.

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  • Opening Academic Year 2018/19: towards a sustainable UM in 2030

    Tuesday, September 4, 2018

    On 3 September 2018, UM celebrated the opening of the academic year 2018/19. This was dedicated entirely to  sustainable development. In the recently adopted vision document ‘SUSTAINABLE UM 2030’, UM describes its ambition to be a sustainable university by 2030, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN as the guiding framework.

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  • Major cities are going greener thanks to sustainability labels

    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    The number of buildings with a sustainability certificate has grown considerably in major cities, according to the annual U.S. Green Building Adoption Index, published by CBRE and Maastricht University.

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  • UM building gives textile waste a second life

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    The UM administration building will soon be fitted with sound-proofing panels made from recycled textile waste by people with a labour market disability.

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  • rob bauer sustainability

    Sustainability on economists’ radar

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Sustainability has become firmly ensconced in the world of economists. These days, no calculation is made without accounting for environmental effects, corporate responsibility and the long term.

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  • sustainability student initiative

    There is such a thing as a free lunch – a sustainable student initiative

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    Foodsharing Maastricht is a student initiative that collects leftover food from local supermarkets and hotels. The food can then be picked up by any comers in Building X, Tapijnkazerne.

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  • ICIS Julie Backhaus

    Largest European database of sustainable energy initiatives now online

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    Last year researchers from ICIS, Maastricht University’s institute for sustainable development, created an inventory of projects seeking to make a sustainable change to people’s energy consumption. Together with 10 research partners in the EU Horizon 2020 project ENERGISE, they gathered information on more than 1,000 projects and initiatives in 30 European countries.

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  • Book day

    (A last) Hooray for books!

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    23 April is UN World Book and Copyright Day. While we are going digital, there is still space for print books at UM.

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  • New UM building to serve as living lab for sustainable real estate

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    UM first university in Europe to register for the WELL Building Standard.

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  • The motives behind sustainable construction

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    Estate investors financially benefit from sustainable buildings, says associate professor of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. His research into the financial effects of sustainable construction is discussed in an article in the Huffington Post.

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  • Urban Gardening

    The Garden of Eden is in Maastricht

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    The study association of the master's programme in Sustainability, Science and Policy, ASAP, has kept a community garden for about four years in Maastricht on the Mergelweg. Under the inspiring leadership of Colin Laviolette, around eight students maintain the garden. 

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  • ‘Sustainabul’ for Maastricht University

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    On the recent National Day for Sustainability in Higher Education, Maastricht University scored 8th place in the ranking of a total of 20 universities and universities of applied sciences.

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