Ambitions Radboud Sustainable

We strive for a green, healthy and inclusive campus with a positive impact on climate and circularity. Inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals, we focus on four guiding ambitions for the period 2020-2025.

Create a healthy environment

We create a healthy environment for employees and students. On our campus and in the chain. We not only focus on making people healthier, but also on making the earth healthier. We do this by contributing scientific research to knowledge development and solutions, for example in the field of biodiversity. We apply the insights on our own green campus and to the physical design of our buildings, with programmes for a healthy lifestyle and the presence of Radboud Sports Centre.

Combat climate change

We aim for clean air and a healthy climate. We reduce CO₂ and greenhouse gas emissions by continuously saving and greening energy in our buildings on campus and within our operational processes. Through scientific research we contribute to insight and solutions in the field of complex and cross-disciplinary climate issues. In this way, our staff and students contribute to the energy transition within their own sphere of influence.

Scale up circularity

We minimise the use of primary raw materials and waste as little materials and food as possible. Through our research and education, we develop and share knowledge about circular and bio-based solutions, and the associated system change.  On campus we make circular purchases, reuse things and avoid waste as much as possible. We see the remaining waste as a raw material for new innovative applications. To this end, we work together with partners throughout the chain: from suppliers and users to waste processors. Because of our size, we actually make a difference in making chains more sustainable.

Provide equal opportunities for all

We go for sustainable chains by purchasing in a socially responsible manner. We work with suppliers who combat abuse and pay a fair price. We are an open and accessible campus and encourage encounters within our buildings. We value diversity, among our students and our staff, and welcome every background, every country and every culture. We involve people with a distance to the labour market and strive for a fair male-female ratio. In our research and education, the focus is on issues related to social inequality, gender, diversity and the ability to sustainably provide for life.