Sustainability

Vision
The VU has a clear vision and ambition regarding sustainability. Sustainability is becoming an important part of education and research, business management and in the buildings on campus. Core values are: stewardship, sense of responsibility and consideration for future generations. The VU strives to a top 10 position in the field of international sustainable universities.

Education and research
The VU has different bachelor and master programmes in the area of Sustainability & Energy. Research is conducted in the profile theme Science for Sustainability, which is about finding solutions for the future of the human race.

Business management and housing
The VU sets high standards in the following areas when it comes to sustainability:

  • Energy management
  • Procurement
  • Catering
  • Water consumption and wastewater
  • Waste (materials)
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Campus development (renovation and new buildings)

Green Office VU
For the coming years, focus will be on involvement of students and employees. The Green Office VU (established in 2014) is the sustainability platform of the VU and is managed by students. The areas of focus of its sustainability projects are education, research, community and campus. The Green Office VU organizes events, campaigns, lectures and information days. With these ‘community services’ the VU is able to connect to society and give academic knowledge back to the community.

Cooperation with Green Business Club Zuidas
In the Green Business Club Zuidas local companies, municipalities and social organizations work together to initiate sustainable and social projects and to implement these at the Zuidas. The VU is an active participant of this GBC.    

Environment barometer: environmental pressure and data
The VU places a certain pressure on the environment with its campus related activities. However, with numerous measures it aims at limiting the negative effects as much as possible. All the consumption data, performance indicators and conversions to footprints are registered in the environment barometer report. To make the developments visible, data of the past four years are included in the environment barometer report of the Vrije Universiteit.