Green Office Utrecht is the central hub where fresh minds and hands come together to support Utrecht University’s sustainable development. Together with the Sustainability Programme Team it advances the sustainability transition of Utrecht University. It is inspired by the Green Office Model.
» Increased vegan meals from once a week to having vegan options every day
» Hands out €2,000 in annual funding for student-led sustainability projects
» Engaged 150 students in 17 student research projects focused on real-life sustainability challenges in 2016
» Runs a seasonal thrift shop
» Hosts a large sustainable food festival every year
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3 staff coordinators and 7 student employees work in the Green Office Utrecht team. The team also engages 50-80 volunteers every year in a structural volunteering programme.
Founding story of Green Office Utrecht
The university had different sustainability initiatives, but those were not well-connected nor visible to the community. There were also no central contact points for students and staff who wanted to get involved with sustainability issues. For that reason, the university created the Green Office in 2013 as a platform to inform, involve and empower students and staff. Notably, the Green Office developed from a small project team with one staff member and three student interns, to a well-established platform that is part of a larger sustainability programme of the university.
Green Office Utrecht is part of Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. 30,300 students study and 5,400 staff work at the university. Upon its founding, the Green Office was approved by the Executive Board. It is part of the Sustainability Programme Team and reports directly to the Executive Board. In 2017, the Green Office had a budget of €50,000. For more information, you can visit their website.