TU Delft recognizes the imperative need to transition towards holistically sustainable systems, and this is underscored and omnipresent throughout research taking place within all the various faculties of the University. Furthermore, TU Delft accepts its responsibility to shine as a beacon of example, leading institutions and society alike in the pursuit of sustaining our planet.
The vision of TU Delft is to provide technological solutions that take us significantly further along the road towards sustainability. Our core values recognise that stakeholders of the institution should act with a sense of social responsibility and be aware of technology’s value to and impact upon society and the environment. The University calls on all stakeholders to “demonstrably put the interests of science and society before their own personal and private advantage and [...] challenge unacceptable behaviour.”
The Green Office shares these values, and extends them to include non-technological approaches to addressing sustainability challenges, such as those related to lifestyle, culture, and social structures. We feel TU Delft students should have a broad perspective, able to critically assess technology and look beyond technological solutions.
Position within TU Delft
The Green Office of TU Delft is considered the sustainability department of the university. Two full-time staff and four part-time students work together with the ambition to ensure that Delft adheres to the highest standards around sustainability issues. Our remit is from the Executive Board, who approved the concept in November 2015. The Green Office collaborates with FMVG on campus operations, and many other departments around the University.
The Green Office exists physically within The Green Village. The Green Village is an exciting area of Delft campus opposite the entrance to Sports & Culture. They function as a technology and business plan innovation platform, with a broad focus on sustainable concepts for the future. The Green Office operates from a unique building, known as Prêt-a-Loger, which resembles a traditional Dutch terraced house, but with impressive upgrades. It was designed by students with a target of energy neutrality, and won a podium finish at the Solar Decathlon of 2014.
Position within the world
In Maastricht, nurtured by the non-profit organisation rootAbility. Students on campuses around the Netherlands and beyond are striving towards a common goal. They recognise, as in Delft, that educational institutions can act as catalysts towards the sustainable transition that is so urgently required.
These goals are also shared by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), of which Delft is an active member. The GO staff frequently attend their events to share knowledge and experience on improving the sustainability of campus operations, research and education.
Many other stakeholders also participate in Green Office initiatives and events, which can be found here.
Chris Hellinga is the Sustainability Program Manager of TU Delft. He provides leadership and oversight for the Green Office team and has been a leading figure in the developments towards the installation of a geothermal well on campus, and hydrogen transitions in the region. Leendert Verhoef works as the Sustainable Innovation Program Developer, offering helpful insight and guidance on a diverse array of topics, including the Living Campus concept implemented at our campus.
The student board serve part-time for one year, beginning at the start of each academic year. The current team is composed of four passionate and engaged Bachelors and Masters students, who continue in education alongside their Green Office work. Biographies and other details can be found on the contacts page.