The Ellen MacArthur Foundation writes that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than there will be fish. Moreover, all sorts of international agreements have been made with respect to sustainability and reducing emissions. It has to be noted that the Netherlands does poorly when compared to other European countries. In our experience, UT also lacks a broadly supported focus on sustainability. Our ideal image of a Living Smart Campus is a campus that is completely energy-neutral and possesses adequate waste processing.

There are currently several ongoing sustainability initiatives at UT. For instance, we know that the Facility Service cars run on electricity. The cooling tower at De Horst is another example and there is also a waste separation pilot at Vrijhof. However, there is a host of other options in the context of the Living Smart Campus to continue to make improvements to make the campus greener and more sustainable.

We have identified all sorts of options at this enterprising and active university to put the available expertise to use to make UT more sustainable.