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Collaborative research

Students regularly use the university as a Living Lab and do research into how the university can become even more sustainable. A win-win situation: the student can conduct research into a 'real' case and the Green Office receives advice based on scientific research.

Examples of research on sustainability in collaboration with the Green Office are:

  • Research into the most sustainable way of drying hands in the toilets.
  • Research into heat stress in the Mercator building.
  • Research into sustainability knowledge among students.

Would you also like to do research on sustainability within the RUG? We have the following questions you can get started with:


  • Saving more energy at Linnaeusborg
  • Reducing light pollution in Zernike


  • Strategies for replacing plastic at the university
  • The effects of a new policy for sustainable logistic
  • Environmental impact of cotton red goodie bags
  • Environmental impact of reusable notebooks


  • Overview of flying behaviour of (Erasmus) students
  • Evaluating the new policy on air travelling


  • How to engage students in taking part in the Sulitest
  • Students’ interest in a Basic Course on Sustainability
  • What is sustainable education?
  • Inventory of sustainable courses offered at the RUG

Food & Drinks

  • Combat food waste in university canteens
  • Eating habits of RUG students
  • What is the most sustainable beer?


  • How to communicate effectively about sustainability
  • Use of colours (red vs green) in messages to motivate sustainable behaviours

Do you have a good idea for collaborative research? Contact us via

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