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The Green Office organizes several types of projects, alone or in cooperation with others in- and outside the university. On this page you will find an overview of projects from recent years.

Student Consultancy - Sustainability and Education

Commissioned by the Green Office, students from FEB Student Consultancy researched the potential development of a sustainability course, and what the course contents might be. In the spring of 2019, the students presented their findings. They advised to first gain insight in the sustainability knowledge that the students already have before developing a new course. Sulitest was suggested to determine the students’ knowledge.

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Sustainable Literacy Test (Sulitest)

The Sulitest is a worldwide test that is taken by higher education students, companies and organizations. The goal is not the reach the highest score - instead, the test is designed to give each individual insight in the scope of their knowledge. The Green Office of the University of Groningen launched campaign in the fall of 2020 to get as many students and staff members as possible to take the test. To take the test, use the codes below and go to the Sulitest website.

  • For students: use session code D1B3-CCFE-415C⁠
  • For employees: use session code 26A2-78CE-E762

Learning Community - Become a Sustainability Expert

In February 2020 a new Learning Community for students started at the UG. Students were given the opportunity to design the content and modules of a sustainability course. Gaining new knowledge and developing skills such as leadership and project management were the main focus of the course. In the end, the students had developed not one, but two courses!

Green Growth course (several editions)

Sustainability is a complicated theme that is widely discussed and written about. But how can you actually contribute? During the Green Growth course participants learn about the small and big steps they can take. They will discover that sustainability is not only about nature, but also to people, animals and ethics. Every lecture has a different theme. Participants will discover different processes related to food, waste and circulair economy. In addition, you will get an understanding of the motivation behind sustainable choices. What, for example, is the influence of your surroundings and genes? What can you do to change your behaviour and motivate others?

The focus of the course is on interaction, discussion and critical thinking. Two lectures will focus on examples of sustainability in practice. After completing this course you will be full of inspiration and knowledge about sustainability and how to contribute to sustainable society!

View some of our Green Growth lectures on our Youtube channel.

Sustainable Experience City Map

For our project the “Sustainable Experience” we have mapped all the sustainable initiatives in Groningen. This map gives an overview of the sustainable shops, restaurants, lunchrooms and supermarkets in Groningen. We focus on initiatives and companies that have sustainability on the top of their agenda, that are local or that contribute to sustainability in some other way. They may offer biological and local food or a broad variety of vegetarian and vegan food. The result of this project is a city map with information about sustainable initiatives or companies and information on where you can find them. The first edition was created in 2018. The current version is an online Google Maps city map that can be kept up to date more easilty.

Do you think we forgot to include something? Let us know via!

Sustainable city map

Learning Community - Become a Sustainability Expert

In February 2020 a new Learning Communityfor students will start at the UG. Students are given the opportunity to design the content and modules of the course themselves. Experts in the field of sustainability and education will aid in the process. Gaining new knowledge and developing skills such as leadership and project management are the main focus of the course. The course will also be given at the UG when it is ready!

New sustainable business travel policy - map and decision tree

UG staff members travel many kilometres by plane each year. 16% of the total CO2 footprint of the UG is caused by business trips. Almost 70% of these trips are made within the EU. There are two ways in which the UG wants to reduce its CO2 emissions. First of all, staff members are encouraged to make conscious decisions: is the journey necessary? Or would a Skype call or video conference be sufficient? Secondly, the UG encourages its staff members to make short journeys within the EU by train instead of by plane. For all of the destinations that can be reached within 6 hours by train and/or are within a distance of 500 km, you may only travel by train.

To make travel decisions easy for everyone and to inspire staff members to travel by train more often, a decision tree and a map have been created. The map and decision tree were developed by the Green Office, in cooperation with the Facility Services department and an illustrator (Cake Mixstore). The map and decision tree are available online, but can also be ordered on A3 print.

travel map

Summer School: Creating a Climate for Change

During the Summer School Creating a Climate for Change, Lecturer Edition a group of U4 lecturers, policy makers, course coordinators and others came together to work on cases relating to Sustainability in Education. During the week, participants worked on their own cases and helped each other with new ideas and perspectives. The sessions consisted of workshops and exercises that led towards concrete steps to solving the case. At the end of the Summer School, participants presented their solutions to the cases they had brought in, and explained the steps that they would take in achieving their goals.

Sustainability in new waste procurement

The Green Office and the Facility Services department are working on a new European tender for waste management. The objectives for 2025 of the new UG waste policy are: 95% waste separation in 2025 and a 15% reduction of the total amount of waste compared to 2020. This also means that we strive to make all non-hazardous waste circular in 2025 .

To make the new policy a success, the UG is partly dependent on students and employees. From mid-2020, they are expected to separate their waste in all the buildings of the university!

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