Green Office VU
The Green Office VU aspires to become the central sustainability platform at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where students, faculty and staff come together to implement joint initiatives, exchange ideas and create alliances.
Sustainability efforts already existed in education, research and operations at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. However, widespread involvement of students in sustainability projects, initiatives and policies was still lacking, and the univeristy also scored low in a nation wide sustainability ranking of universities. The GO was established in 2014 to change this and allow the university to take a more holistic approach towards sustainability.
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As the graph below shows, the team consits of 7 student employees (paid 8 hours per week, volunteering another 12). One of the students acts as the Manager of the Green Office (paid 16 hours per week, volunteering another 14). The Green Office has a structural volunteering programme. The students are supported by the Sustainability Programme Team and an academic staff member from the Faculty of Science. The Green Office also has a supervisory board of former managers and assistent managers of the Green Office.
Activities & achievements
Co-created a sustainability minor and honours course for 50 students
Handing out of 1,800 water bottles and installation of four water refill stations
Established a volunteering programme for 60 students
About the university
Free University Amsterdam
Hosts 22,900 students and employs 3,600 staff
Located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Integration of the Green Office
Annual Budget of €75,000
Approved by the Facility Services
Part of the Faculty of Science