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A new Academic year has started so we have lots of sustainability updates and news to share with you! To mention just a few things: in October we will have a new Sustainability Week (more information coming soon), there are pigs at the Zernike Campus and we have some new team members that we would like to introduce!

In case you missed the news about the new UG Sustainability Roadmap - of which we are very proud - we added some information and a link at the bottom of this newsletter. 

Announcement | Sustainability Week

4-8 October

Can’t wait for the opportunity to talk about sustainability again... in real life? Neither can we! Luckily, the annual Sustainability Week is right around the corner. From Monday the 4th of October until Friday the 8th, we’ll have a full programme of hybrid events for you.

Spend your lunch walking with us and learn about the city’s ecology or best places to shop sustainably, join one of the discussions or visit a lecture; there really is something for everyone. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels if you want to be the first to sign-up! 

Join our Ambassador Programme

Do you want to work with like-minded people to increase awareness on sustainability and make the university greener? Then join our Ambassador Programme!

Read more about the Ambassador Programme
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Working towards Greener Labs

A few months ago the PhD students Renate Kat and Suzanne Lanooij started a new Green Office Committee: the Greener Lab Group. Several lab users and staff members meet monthly to discuss how to reduce (plastic) waste and energy use at the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the UMCG.

The group is also discussing the issue with the FSE Health, Safety and Environmental group, where Theodora Tiemersma is working on introducing the theme of sustainability in this year's opening workshop for new lab users.

Get to know more about the Greener Lab project by reading the article that UKrant wrote about it! 

Read the article | 'Labs should be greener'

Pigs at Zernike campus

Did you already see the pigs at Zernike Campus? They have been 'employed' by Mark Bloeming (head of site management) to get rid of hogweed (berenklauw). A total of 8 pigs is can be spotted around the area of the KVI-Cart. 

The pigs are a great solution to the hogweed problem, since the plant poses an ecological threat and can be dangerous when touched, giving people huge blisters. You can read all about the new project in the UKrant article or watch the video by CampusTV. 

Read the article | 'Pigs eat their way through a sea of hogweed'
Watch the video | 'Het geheime wapen tegen berenklauw op Zernike'

Survey | Zernike & Greenery

The UG Green Office in collaboration with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences aims to improve the greenery on Zernike Campus. We would love to know your opinion and thoughts about the current situation at Zernike and future green projects. Fill out this short 4-minute survey to tell us what you think. Thank you in advance!

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Student challenge | Sustainable Commuting

Do you like the topic of mobility? Would you like to discuss ideas on how to make commuting more accessible and sustainable? A Tribe Called Transport is organizing an international student challenge to find solutions for improving student mobility from/to the campus. Join our Green Office team by sending an email to

More information about the challenge

New Green Office team members

Hello everyone, my name is Luisa and I am a third-year student of the ELC bachelor at the RUG. When I was 15 years old I got interested in sustainability. Learning more about the state of our planet and the urgency for change, I started implementing sustainable changes in my lifestyle. Last year, I became an Ambassador for the Green Office. Now, as the student assistant for Communication, I get to create content and share news, projects, and initiatives through social media with you. I am happy to have this opportunity to share information about a topic that is so important to me and I hope to spread awareness with it!
My name is Malcolm, a 3rd year Pedagogical Sciences student and the ambassador coordinator and secretary of the Green Office team. I am a strong believer in fighting for the fair treatment of all people, as well as for the long-term health of the planet that houses them. Every push to not settle with comfort in the present can contribute to a brighter future for those that come after us. My role as the ambassador coordinator is to help Green Office ambassadors in their journey to advocate for and promote sustainability at the university and beyond. 
Hi! I am Gabija (she/her). I came from Lithuania and currently I am in my 3rd year of the Global Responsibility and Leadership bachelor at campus Fryslân. You will usually find me hanging out with my friends, with a film camera in my hands, "nerding" out about all things nature! These months I am collaborating as an intern at the Green Office working on the ambassador program and greenery projects in Zernike.

New Roadmap Sustainability 

In June the University of Groningen approved a new Roadmap Sustainability for 2021-2026. In case you missed the news: you can find all information on our website, including the Roadmap itself and a visual overview of all goals and ambitions (both available in English and Dutch). 

The new Roadmap has been developed through collaboration between the Green Office (as part of the Sustainability Programme) and academics, service units, faculties, staff members and students.

More information
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