Students or researchers? PhD candidates fall into a category of their own. In this series, we put doctoral researchers of the University of Twente in the spotlight. This episode gives the stage to Alireza Ghasemi who is working towards making jet engines greener.
The UT won't be cutting or freezing ties with the fossil fuel industry, as many climate activists were hoping for. This is what the Executive Board announced during the last event of a 'Sustainability Dialogue' series. About sixty people attended the event at the DesignLab.
Nando Tolboom, PhD candidate at the Energy, Materials and Systems research group, wrote an opinion piece on the UT, sustainability and renewable energy. ‘The university should lead the way to a dynamic campus in operations and housing that resonates with sustainable generation.’
The first edition of the Sustainability Dialogue kicked off yesterday afternoon at the DesignLab. The event focused on what the UT is doing in terms of sustainability, and what could be improved. ‘We are here today to give you a platform.’
‘Making environmentally friendly choices doesn’t require much effort for me,’ says Brechje Maréchal (47), Environment & Sustainability Policy Officer at the University of Twente. Indeed, caring for nature seems to come naturally to her; but – as she mentions herself – sustainability can mean many different things. ‘I am trying to make the UT more sustainable, but that is not always sustainable for me.’
Student David Oosterom has decided to quit studies at the University of Twente, because he believes that the UT doesn’t do enough to mitigate their climate impact and provide sustainable education. In this opinion piece, he explains his reasons for leaving and calls on the Executive Board to take action.
With the Sustainability Week, which starts today, the UT is trying to showcase its sustainability efforts. How sustainable are UT students and how do they feel about the topic? Three of them share their views. ‘I don’t really see how me changing myself is going to impact anything.’
It took a near-death experience for Christy Aikhorin to fully realise her passion. After her ‘beautiful crisis’, the UT alumna stopped a successful career as a chemical engineer and project manager and, instead, started focusing on sustainability and gender equality. She is now the Netherlands’ director of ‘Women Engage for a Common Future’ (WECF), an international NGO dedicated to a gender just and healthy planet.
Na haar bijna-doodervaring besefte Christy Aikhorin pas echt waar haar passie lag. De UT-alumna besloot haar succesvolle carrière als chemisch ingenieur en projectmanager op te geven en zich te richten op duurzaamheid en gendergelijkheid. Nu is ze directeur Nederland van ‘Women Engage for a Common Future’ (WECF), een ngo (internationale organisatie zonder winstdoel) die zich inzet voor gendergelijkheid en een gezonde leefomgeving.
With a special game, the Shaping Expert Group Sustainability of the UT wants to draw attention to sustainable living. The initiative includes a workshop on 25 May. ‘Every new student should have this workshop at the start of their study.’
By better matching the consumer demand with energy supply from solar and wind, Johann Hurink, Professor of Applied Mathematics, develops smart solutions for an optimal use of these forms of energy. The first demo-site, SlimPark on campus, shows how solar energy can be utilized most efficiently.
Avinash Narayanaswamy, UT alumnus and a starting entrepreneur from India, recently embarked on an expedition to Antarctica. He was selected as one of 172 people to participate in the 2041 Climate Force Antarctica Expedition dedicated to climate change and sustainability leadership.
Green Hub Twente, SUSTAIN and the DesignLab have joined forces to organise the Sustainability Series for the next four months. Each month they arrange workshops, evening activities, and discussions to inform students and staff about sustainability ‘in a fun way’.
Erasmus Student Network Twente organised a clothing swap with the UNICEF student team last Wednesday. About 30 enthusiasts attended to swap or donate their used clothes. ‘One new pair of jeans costs 7000 litres of water to make.’
Improving the choice of vegan and vegetarian options in catering, assisting student associations with their sustainability efforts and improving the UT’s waste management. It is but a sample of the plans of the relatively new Green Hub Twente for this year. Coordinator Alex Baker talks about the plans, past efforts and role of the hub, as ‘the central platform for sustainability at the UT’.