Making drinking water out of seawater. That is the main idea behind Briney’s, an initiative started by a group of UT students. They plan to separate salt from seawater, and therefore produce freshwater, by using reverse osmosis. ‘The innovation is not in the technology, but in connecting it to the commercial market. The remaining salt will be sold in developed countries.’
A CO2-neutral and waste-free campus, full CO2 compensation for all business trips and vegetarian work lunches becoming the standard. These plans are part of a new policy for sustainable operational management at the UT, which the Executive Board recently approved.
Een CO2-neutrale en afvalvrije campus, volledige CO2-compensatie voor alle dienstreizen en standaard vegetarische werklunches. Deze plannen zijn een greep uit het nieuwe beleid voor duurzame bedrijfsvoering op de UT, waarmee het college van bestuur onlangs akkoord ging.
Which car fuel has the largest environmental footprint? Is it gasoline, biofuels, solar electricity or hydrogen? The answer might surprise you. In a recent paper, UT researchers Bunyod Holmatov and the late Arjen Hoekstra show the true footprint of using renewable energy for car transport.
Sustainable clothing was the topic of the latest event of the ‘sustainability series’, hosted by DesignLab and the student association Sustain yesterday evening. ‘While you think you buy something sustainable, you’re not actually.’
Many vegetarian and vegan students are unsatisfied with the amount of food options available for them on campus, according to student Leon Borgdorf. That’s why he started a petition to have more vegetarian and vegan food on campus.
Off-grid houses that run on ‘their own’ electricity could be the answer to many of the world’s problems. PhD candidate Diego F. Quintero Pulido has researched how to power such houses through renewable energy. While he is defending his doctoral thesis today, his findings are already being applied in an off-grid project in the Netherlands.
Exactly one month after International Earth Day, the association Sustain hosted a campus clean-up event in collaboration with Krinkels and ESN. Yesterday, members and non-members joined forces next to the UTrack in order to maintain our environment clean and livable.
The Kick-In is putting sustainability high on its agenda. Together with the association Sustain, the committee is making changes to ensure that the introduction period of the UT becomes more ‘environmentally friendly’. This includes focus on waste separation, using local suppliers and offering flexitarian meals.
‘Because the Earth is worth it’. That is the title of a brainstorm session with L’Oréal held today in DesignLab. The cosmetics company has invited UT students to help them think of new floor displays that could be used in shops, including Kruidvat and Etos.
How do we make the UT more sustainable? With this question, Brechje Maréchal, policy officer for Environment and Sustainability, is touring across the campus this month. Employees and students can come by and share their own ideas for a greener UT.
Appèl has been in charge of all on-campus catering for six months now. During focus group sessions the new caterer got direct feedback from the UT community – which included issues such as prices and the use of plastic. The caterer will introduce a few changes in the near future.
The ‘Planetary Accounting Network’ (PAN) was officially launched last week. It aims to answer the question: How much natural resources can we use to stay within Earth’s limits and to keep a healthy planet? UT professor Arjen Hoekstra is one of the founders of the PAN.
Sustain is a newly founded student association aiming to bring together all the sustainability initiatives happening at the UT. Besides raising awareness and organizing its own events, it wants to advise on various activities on how to create a more sustainable university – through often small, simple changes.
‘The Lister’ is a biweekly series created by Bas Leijser, a UT MSc-student and writer at U-Today, who seeks to create order from chaos through the use of listicles. This time, he lists the eight potentially greatest campus projects that never saw the light of day.