The UvA Green Office is a student-run platform striving to make the University of Amsterdam a greener place. Established in 2016, the Green Office has continuously increased its output of policy recommendations and projects to accelerate the sustainable transition at the UvA, especially with respect to environmental sustainability.
Our vision is to facilitate sustainable development at the University of Amsterdam
The Green Office is a student-run platform, which aims to accelerate sustainable development at the University of Amsterdam. We build a community and channel the efforts of students, staff, and partner organizations to influence policy at the university.
In line with our vision, we integrate sustainability in research and education and make our campuses sustainable. Thus, the maxim “Connect, Educate, Change”
The UvA Green Office consists of four different teams. Each team, which consists of one team leader and 5-10 voluntary members, has its own focus and addresses a different aspect of sustainability within the University of Amsterdam. One general manager oversees the four teams and constitutes the link to the central UvA staff and partners. At the moment, the Green Office consists of 50 members.
The R&E team works on interdisciplinary collaboration, educational material, and sustainability-related research projects. They are currently working on building a sustainable research community to connect both UvA and non-UvA staff and students.
Our Communications team loves to connect. We focus on internal (within teams) and external (to the public) communication to pass on the good word of the Green Office! This year we have expanded our platform reach to Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and Spotify.
Establishing a supporting community is crucial for our Green Office. To build bridges and foster a culture of shared problem-solving is the aim our Community team. This can be in the form of team-building, community outreach, educational material and more.
Decisions have to be made from the soap we use to the waste separation system that is implemented. The campus team makes sure that we choose sustainability. Current projects include the waste disposal systems, the cafeteria food and drink, and e-waste management.
Clothing swaps, green lectures or plastic fishing events: With numerous projects, the UvA Green Office works hard to engage students and make long-lasting change. Read our semi-annual reports to find out more about what we do, or get an overview of our projects and platforms here. Do you want to become actively involved yourself? Have a look at our join us page.