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Own Green Hub helps S&T become more sustainable


Starting this academic year, the Green Hub, a centralised group of students and staff dedicated to promoting sustainability throughout the university, has launched its first three Faculty Green Hubs. One of them is the S&T Green Hub, consisting of a team of five motivated master's and bachelor's students. They would like to introduce themselves to you.

let us introduce

Supported by three staff members, Iris AllijnLeonie Krab and Rolf Slaats, our faculty is represented by a passionate quintet of bachelor's and master's students who are doing their utmost to make their beloved faculty as sustainable as possible.

  • Jan den Uijl, Operations (Chemical Science & Engineering)

    This role focuses on identifying and coordinating sustainability initiatives within the faculty.

    During my life, sustainability has been a big motivator in almost everything I do. This is especially true in my studies. As a master’s student in the Chemical & Process Engineering programme, I am driven to find new and effective ways to make processes more sustainable, something that is desperately needed if we want to save our world. Within our faculty, we have a lot of capabilities to have a real positive impact on the planet. Through our work at the faculty green hub, we can guide our faculty into more sustainable development. I am very motivated to work with this green hub and confident we can make a change together.

  • Pepijn Hoekstra, Research (Applied Physics)

    Here, we dig into ongoing research projects to explore how their findings can be implemented for a greener faculty.

    I am excited to introduce myself as the Research Officer of the S&T Faculty Green Hub. My lifelong commitment to a sustainable future has led me here. Since starting as an Applied Physics student, I've been drawn to the research conducted by our faculty. Now, as a part of the S&T Green Hub, I'm dedicated to helping to merge this research with sustainability. My task as Research Officer is to ensure that our faculty's research endeavours are driving us towards a sustainable world, uniting us all in the pursuit of the sustainable future I've always envisioned since high school.

  • Julia Vendrig, Education (Advanced Technology)

    This role is committed to integrating sustainability into our education.

    Hi there! I am a bachelor’s student within the S&T faculty whose interests gravitate towards three main fields: technology, education, and sustainability. I often combine these fields with a flare of creativity. Therefore, I am delighted to introduce myself as the Education Officer of S&T's Green Hub. This position allows me to combine my passions to achieve my function’s primary objective: embed sustainability into the S&T faculty through educational affairs. I’m excited to connect, collaborate, and learn from individuals who share my passion for sustainability and are equally dedicated to minimising their carbon, water, and land footprint. Accordingly, I am pleased to work with my fellow S&T Green Hub members and eager to enact green, sustainable and environmentally friendly changes within our faculty.

  • Tigo Kok, Marketing (Advanced Technology/Msc Sustainable Energy Technology)

    Responsible for communicating and promoting our projects and events; this role ensures our message resonates far and wide.

    Having studied at S&T for four years now, there is something that has always caught my attention: there is so much raw talent and knowledge at our faculty, but it is often wasted because of the lack of communication. During projects for my studies at Advanced Technology, I noticed that I really enjoyed being the central pillar of the team, guiding conversations and making sure everyone could put their expertise to use. Sustainability is not an engineering problem and requires insight from every angle. As the Marketing and Communication officer at S&T Green Hub, I want to make sure information is flowing from and to the right people to make use of all the talent at our faculty and share our triumphs to show everyone what S&T is capable of.

  • Fiona Hafferl, Community (Chemical Science & Engineering)

    This sector organises sustainability-related events, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility within the faculty.

    The main reason I decided to study Chemical Engineering was my passion for sustainability and the environment. When it comes to current issues, I really appreciate the saying, "Think globally, act locally," and that's precisely what we aim to achieve with the Faculty Green Hubs. Our goal is not only to coordinate sustainability initiatives across the S&T Faculty but also to demonstrate how sustainability can be addressed at its roots. As the community officer, my objective is to engage students and staff in this collaborative journey toward a greener university.

Rolf Slaats, Sustainable Labs Coordinator

Our university faces sustainability challenges. The S&T Green Hub enhances our capacity to address these issues and serves as a point of contact for staff and students with sustainability questions or initiatives.

Rolf Slaats, Sustainable Labs Coordinator


While Green Hub sets the overarching vision and guidelines, S&T Green Hub focuses on contextualising and implementing these sustainable practices within S&T. S&T Green Hub's strength lies in creating customised sustainability solutions that reflect the unique needs, opportunities and challenges of our faculty. 

Leonie Krab-Hüsken, Opleidingsdirecteur CSE

We use our relationships with key stakeholders to accelerate the process and turn sustainable ideas into viable projects, with the ability to influence policy decisions, curriculum changes and the overall culture of sustainability within our academic community.

Leonie Krab-Hüsken, Opleidingsdirecteur CSE


Feedback is always welcome. Send all your questions or ideas related to sustainability within S&T to TNW-greenhub@utwente.nl. Let's strive for the most sustainable faculty in Twente!


Read the brochure to learn more about S&T Green Hub: