UT students brainstorm with L’Oréal

‘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.


Campus tour on sustainability

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.

New caterer Appèl

‘We want to reduce the use of plastic’

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.


‘Buy less, use what you buy’

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.

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New student association Sustain

Flexitarian meals and less plastic cups

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

Eight campus projects that never saw the light of day

‘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.


Small steps towards a sustainable UT

In search of answers to the question of how sustainable the UT is, we spoke to Mariëlle Winkler, who is project manager campus & innovation and is on her own quest to raise sustainability at the UT to a higher level.

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Fix-It Session: repair your broken products

A broken camera, a Senseo coffee machine, an old rangefinder, an iPhone and a desk lamp are cluttered over the work bench in the DesignLab. Two bicycles are brought in as well. During the Fix-It Session, held on the 12th of December, these products are all assessed and repaired, by and for students.


Jeans for rent!

Would you lease your clothes instead of buying them? Dutch company MUD Jeans offers precisely this service: it leases jeans to its customers for one year. UT students have just finished a research focused on MUD Jeans and on how the company could increase the number of its lease contracts.


ARISE symposium: ‘We eat plastics already’

ARISE, a new knowledge network at the University of Twente which focuses on sustainable innovations for energy-efficient smart cities, was founded exactly one year ago. To celebrate its first birthday, ARISE organized a symposium today on the topics of Sustainable Energy and Circular Economy.


Engineering for a Sustainable Life

SBE - Institute of Engineering is organizing its very first symposium today. The event has welcomed researchers from the institute itself, as well as experts from the industry. The symposium is also combined with the official opening of the High Pressure Lab (Hogedruklab).


'We moeten zorg dragen voor elkaar'

Het zou een liefdesverhaal kunnen zijn uit een bouquetreeks: mooie Mexicaanse valt voor knappe Hollander. Zij verlaat huis en haard voor de liefde in een onbekend koud kikkerlandje. Het overkwam Laura Franco Garcia (48), hoofddocent bij de vakgroep Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM). Tien jaar later is ze nog steeds zielsgelukkig met haar echtgenoot. ‘In Mexico zou ik mij niet meer thuis voelen.’

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