With the creation of its own Green Office, the University of Amsterdam has taken another step in promoting sustainability among its students and staff. The Office, which will open its doors later this year, is an initiative of Students for Sustainability Amsterdam (SFSA) and the UvA’s Facility Services.
The Green Office will contribute to the achievement of the UvA’s sustainability goals. The objective is to imbed sustainability practices within the university’s teaching, research, governance, policy and community.
‘I view this as a good initiative and I hope it ignites the enthusiam of students’, says Harold Swartjes, director of Facility Services. ‘With fresh ideas and the help of more people, it will surely be possible to make our study and work spaces truly sustainable.’
The UvA Green Office will support sustainability projects by students, staff and researchers. It will also execute its own projects and those commissioned by the UvA. The Sustainabul rankings and the annual evaluation of the Carbon Footprint, for example, are two projects that will be looked at by the UvA Green Office. Another important theme is a reduction in power consumption.
The aim is to get the Green Office to build a sustainable network that includes UvA students and staff, as well as the municipality, businesses and other interested parties. In addition, it will organise meetings, events and brain storm sessions about sustainability and sustainability projects at the UvA.
The UvA Green Office will be headed by students and supported by staff. This will ensure that its brings together and fully harnesses the energy and motivation of students and the expertise of staff and researchers.
The University of Amsterdam will support the UvA Green Office for at least two years.