University of Amsterdam Green Office
The Green Office is a student-run organisation that turns students’ ideas for a more sustainable university into reality – working in collaboration with students and staff we are the central hub for ideas, projects and conversations regarding sustainability at the university.
The first proposal for the Green Office was developed in 2012, but then not accepted by the university because it was deemed too expensive. The students and staff supporting the proposal wanted to establish a central sustainability platform to support existing sustainability initiatives and improve their visibility. In 2014, a group of students picked up the idea again and worked with Facility Service staff to develop a smaller version of the Green Office which was then accepted. The Green Office was then formally established in 2016.
As the graph below shows, the team consits of 7 student employees (paid 4 hours per week). The Green Office has a structural volunteering programme. The students are supported by the sustainability coordinator who is part of facility services.
Activities & achievements
Conducted an overview of existing sustainability initaitives on campus
Established a volunteer programme for 18 students to work with the Green Office
Set up the “Green Bag”, where local, mostly organic, food is sold to students and staff
About the university
University of Amsterdam
Hosts 30,000 students and employs 4,700 staff
Located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Integration of the Green Office
Annual Budget of €20,000
Approved by Facility Services
Part of Facility Services