The TU/e Campus, which even now is a green and sustainable campus with a park-like look, is well underway to becoming even more sustainable. Sustainability is visible in our education, our research and on our campus. In 2015 TU/e was climate neutral, and the aim is to be fifty percent energy neutral in 2030. This means that in that year half of our energy will be generated by TU/e itself. The GO Green Office is the platform where students and employees with fresh minds connect to shape inspiring ideas and launch projects at the TU/e, all with the objective to stimulate this sustainability transition. This platform makes the university’s sustainability vision tangible in everyday reality of its students and staff members.
The GO Green Office consists of three pillars: Research & Education (R&E), Operations & Campus (O&C) and Community & Communication (C&C). They operate with a bottom up approach with students and staff. The mission statement of the GO Green Office exists of three important keywords:
Make the vision on sustainability of TU/e visible for the TU/e Community on the TU/e campus;
Create awareness of the different aspects of sustainability by initiating activities which contribute to a more sustainable campus / society;
Stimulate initiatives and collaborations with staff & students of different internal departments and external organizations.
To be successful as an organisation it is important to combine top-down and bottom-up strategies. Therefore the Eindhoven University of Technology choose to facilitate bottom-up initiatives in order to stimulate the dialogue with the already exciting top-down entities and strengthen the whole system.
The Sustainability Governance Board of the Eindhoven University of Technology focus on the vision and decision making. They are supported by multiple thematic Sustainability Working Groups which implement sustainability within the different departments.
The student initiative Team Energy organises a variety of activities around the theme energy. Therefore the GO Green Office focus on sustainability in the in the broadest sense of the word
Within this portfolio the team is working on the following aspect: integrating sustainability into the TU/e organization, organizing practical things, keeping the project planning overview of GO projects and creating a good overview of the structure of the TU/e organization.
Within this portfolio the team is working on the following aspect: giving insight into what is already happening within the TU/e research groups and courses on sustainability, initiating integral research project and courses and suggesting how to implement more sustainability.
Within this portfolio the team is working on the following aspect: communication about sustainability in general and the activities of the GO Green Office, connecting students, staff and researchers and initiating activities for creating awareness.