Sustainable

Green ambassadors wanted

Green ambassadors wanted

Do you have an idea that will help your faculty, department or unit to function more sustainably? Is sustainability already on your agenda and would you like to share it with others?

As a VU green ambassador, you contribute to a more sustainable way of conducting education, research or operations. Are you interested in becoming part of the sustainability committee that will be set up at each unit, so that you can make a difference in your own environment? Send an email to Ivar Maas: ivar.maas@vu.nl

As a VU green ambassador, you contribute to a more sustainable way of conducting education, research or operations. Are you interested in becoming part of the sustainability committee that will be set up at each unit, so that you can make a difference in your own environment? Send an email to Ivar Maas: ivar.maas@vu.nl

Sapiens: are you ready for a better world?

Inside Valley, the most futuristic and sustainable building in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, up and running by the end of 2021 will be an innovative, inspiring living lab that focuses on the issue of the day: the Anthropocene and the relationship between planet Earth and humankind. Sapiens is a museum, debate centre, scientific research institute and educational institution all in one. Through the combination of activities and functions, Sapiens brings together people from different backgrounds and areas of expertise to look for solutions to the major issues in the area of sustainability. The starting point is the role of people in causing the problems related to sustainability. Sapiens is accessible to anyone who wants to make a serious contribution towards making the Earth a better place for future generations. Sapiens connects and inspires practice, research, education and policy. Sapiens is a collaboration between VU, Naturalis and the builder and architect of Valley. It is expected that other external parties will also join this initiative, and consultations are currently taking place.

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“We need each other for a more sustainable world.”

“All of the feedback has convinced us that the workshop meets a clear need.”

Teachers enthusiastic about pilot workshops

What does sustainability mean for you and VU? How can you incorporate the sustainability goals into your lectures? And how do you create the golden combination of online and face-to-face education? With these questions and others, the participants went to work at a newly developed workshop, to formulate answers to the question of what sustainable education can mean for themselves, for the group and for VU. More pilot workshops will be organized in the coming year. These will provide the academic staff with a toolkit that contains different ways in which they can integrate sustainability into their teaching. All teaching staff are encouraged to participate in the pilot workshops.

SBE students get to work with SDG scan at SMEs in Amstelveen

SBE's Leadership & Change Management students recently started doing SDG scans at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Amstelveen. The scan, developed within VU, identifies which SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals) companies score well on and where improvement is possible. With this scan, VU students are providing SMEs with an instrument to operate in a more future-proof and environmentally-conscious manner. The scan is part of the course ‘Leadership: Advanced Perspectives’ and is now in the pilot phase. We are looking at which other educational programmes could benefit from this. The SDG scan is a collaboration between VU Amsterdam Sustainability Institute, Sustainability Leadership HUB and the municipality of Amstelveen (in Dutch).

Purchasing with impact, that's how you do it!

VU and various other organizations have committed themselves to 100% circular procurement from 2030 onwards. VU has opted for this because it encourages us to think about a more sustainable, fair and innovative alternative for every euro we spend. More information about this initiative can be found on the website of Amsterdam Economic Board (in Dutch).

recycle 100% circular

by 2030

subway 75%

of students travel by public transport

Commuting: choose the bike

Nearly all VU employees cycle to work or take public transport. In 2019, 52% of employees and 75% of students travelled by public transport. But there is still room for improvement! With ‘Kies de fiets’ [Choose the bike], a programme of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to which VU recently committed itself, VU wants to encourage even more employees and students to hop on their bikes.

“By cycling to work in the morning, you ensure a good circulation of blood in your brain. Employees arrive at work alert, in a good mood and they enjoy it!”

Erik Scherder

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