Sustainability Week 'for entire society'

| Christian Orriëns

Getting to know different forms of sustainability for yourself. This is one of the goals of Sustainability Week, from 5 to 10 October. The UT organises this online event together with Saxion and ROC van Twente.

Photo by: Arjan Reef

During the Sustainability Week, the entire spectrum of sustainability will be covered: from ecological, economic to social, says Birgit Dragtstra, UT employee and one of the organisers. 'Due to the recent tightening of the corona measures, we are forced to have all events take place online.'

In some cases an online alternative was not possible, such as the 'Workday Waste Walk', a waste collection campaign. 'We are moving that event to the spring. We also want to set up something else, so that people can contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment in their home environment. We'll take a closer look at exactly what that will look like.'

‘Not just within the walls of the university’

One of the main goals of this second sustainability week is to introduce participants to different forms of sustainability. And to gain inspiration for making their own living environment more sustainable. Dragtstra: 'We try to achieve sustainability not only within the walls of the university, but in all layers of society. That is also why we are collaborating closely with Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the ROC of Twente and other partners.

According to the UT staff member, this also includes a wide range of activities. For example, student association Taste holds a sustainability pub quiz on Wednesdays, a student start-up reveals a smart waste bin, there are climate talks and on the closing day there is a 'Create your own Sustainability' day.

Basically, there is something for everyone. 'We respond to the needs of the great diversity of participants. Sustainability is not just a concept at the university, but a concept that must be supported by society as a whole. To achieve this, we try to make our events as accessible as possible.'

Opening Green Hub Twente

During the week, the Green Hub Twente will also be officially opened, which will have a space in the Bastille. In the Green Hub, ten students and one employee combine all UT knowledge and initiatives in the field of sustainability. The opening will take place on Monday 5 October at 19.30 hours, via livestream.

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