WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AT THE UT?

Various energy-saving and sustainable measures have also been taken inside our buildings. Continue reading to find out more about several initiatives, as well as our waste and energy measures.  

Food en drink

UTZ-certified coffee machines

All coffee and chocolate milk in the hot drinks vending machines is UTZ-certified. The tea is either UTZ or Fairtrade-certified. Certification indicates that the product was produced in a sustainable fashion, with attention for social, ecological and economic aspects in the value chain. 

CANTEENS AND RESTAURANTS ON CAMPUS

1 September 2018 was Appèl’s first day as UT’s official caterer. The FoodCity catering concept launched on our campus is based on a wide range of sustainable considerations. For more information, click here (Dutch only). In the coming months, even more sustainability plans will be drawn up. 

Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning our buildings, we have taken several measures to promote sustainability. 

  • Deliveries are bundled as much as possible, for instance, to reduce transport intensity.
  • An electric trolley is used to move and distribute resources and materials across the various buildings on campus;
  • Wherever possible, we seek to cut the amount of packaging used, by supplying materials in crates, for instance.
  • After a successful pilot, we now use 100% ecological detergents in the sanitary facilities.

LATHER SOAP, RECYCLED TOILET PAPER AND ORGANIC COTTON

We have implemented various sustainable measures in the toilet systems,

  • using sensor taps to reduce water consumption, for instance. We even have several waterless urinals.
  • Using lather soap instead of regular soap has helped reduce water consumption (by 32%) and soap consumption (53%), and our soap dispensers are made of 90% recyclable plastic.
  • Our towel rolls are made of organic cotton, and our toilet paper consists of 100% recycled paper, in addition to being produced in an entirely carbon-neutral fashion.

ICT Rescources

Printers - follow-me system

Thanks to the follow-me system, your print job will not be printed until you use your card at your printer of choice. This mainly improves the indoor climate, as the printing process releases substances that are best not inhaled. The printers are located in well-ventilated areas to minimize this risk.

Interior

Office chairs reused in Techohal

All office furniture has been inventoried and is currently being reused at the new location. By re-upholstering furniture and modifying tables or adding acoustic panels, furniture can be made suitable for reuse, whilst creating a uniform appearance in keeping with the style of the building. Any surplus material, such as non-reusable table tops, are used for the permanent furniture, if possible.

RECYCLED CHAIRS IN TECHNOHAL

The new chairs in the common areas in the new Technohal (Vorm PET Felt Stack Chairs) are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Which cuts have we made?

REDUCED PAPER CONSUMPTION

  • Several years ago, we pro-actively approached employees and asked them whether they actually wanted to receive all the advertising, hard-copy invites and supplier information they were being sent. Users could also make use of a web form, after which the mailroom would discontinue the mailing. Every day, we sorted 125 kg of advertising materials.
  • All pay slips have been digitized and are no longer printed automatically.
  • The towel roll in the toilets is made of organic cotton and recycled after use, cutting waste by 78% and carbon emissions by 48%. 200 toilet rooms are equipped with this towel roll.
  • Many documents are produced digitally as standard, such as the annual report.
  • All toilet paper is made of recycled paper,
  • and waste paper is processed into toilet paper and paper towels, in accordance with the cradle-to-cradle principle. This was included as a hard requirement in the tender, which demanded that all used paper had to be recycled into paper and cardboard (95%) and toilet and kitchen paper (5%), with a focus on achieving the highest possible level of reuse.