The Green Office strengthens and integrates sustainability within the University of Groningen by supporting, connecting and inspiring both staff and students. Green Office Groningen also launches its own projects to achieve changes at the university. It is inspired by the Green Office Model.
» Hosted a Faculty Challenge, where faculties competed on who was the most sustainable
» Advices tenders on how they can be more sustainable
» Published a map of “Sustainable Experience” map of Groningen
» Provides an online guide with tips on how students and staff can act sustainably at the university and at home
» Offer a climate summer school
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The Green Office is coordinated by a staff member. 5 student employees work in the team. The team also engages student volunteers on different projects at the university through their “Green Ambassador” programme.
Founding story of Green Office Groningen
The university had a Sustainability Working Group and an Energy Project Group. Members of these groups developed a proposal for the Executive Board. They suggested integrating the two groups into one Sustainability Task Force. They also recommended to the Executive Board, that they should follow other Dutch universities and establish a Green Office as a student-led sustainability initiative to work next to the Sustainability Task Force. The university then established the Green Office in 2014.
Green Office Groningen is part of the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. 30,000 students study and 5,600 staff work at the university. Upon its founding, the Green Office was approved by the Executive Board. It also reports directly to the Executive Board. In 2017, the Green Office had a budget of €72,000. For more information, you can visit their website.