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.
TU Delft believes its role in society is to supply technological solutions that take us significantly further along the road towards sustainability and a flourishing economy. We position ourselves as an open academic community which, through its academic staff and graduates, is represented throughout the academic world and also rooted in our own regional and national, social and economic environment.
TU Delft’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society for the 21st century by:
- Conducting ground-breaking scientific and technological research – acknowledged as world class
- Training scientists and engineers with a genuine commitment to society
- Assisting in the translation of knowledge into technological innovations and activities with both economic and social value.
The Green Office is a department of the TU Delft devoted to stimulating sustainability in education, research and university operations. It aims to connect innovative researchers, teachers, students, and campus operators, with the goal of improving the sustainability performance of the TU Delft as a whole, by fostering research on our campus, and deepening the inclusive sustainability experience of our students.
It supports existing initiatives, assists in setting up new innovation programmes, provides information on sustainability in education and organises events. Furthermore, by connecting students and staff with relevant stakeholders both within - and external to - the university, the Green Office strives to bring sustainable development to the forefront of our modern society.
The Green Office team consists of students and staff. It is chaired by the Sustainability Program Manager. He forms the Green Office Supervisory Board together with the Director of the Facility Management and Real Estate department and a distinguished professor of Energy System analysis.
Our operational pillars
The approach is built upon five pillars: 1) Projects: the initiation of a variety of projects; 2) Intensive real estate involvement: the introduction of sustainability and innovation to all levels of real estate strategy and decision-making processes; 3) Programmatic themes: the development of multi-faculty, overarching programmatic themes; 4) Stakeholder integration: The involvement of - and intense liaison and co-creation with real estate, facility management, professors, and students, and 5) Outreach: the provision of impetus for regional/national sustainability systems with campus projects.
The above 5 “pillars” summarize the Green Office focus areas.
Co-operation with other universities
The initiative began in 2013, as a former TU Delft student saw the need to combine and coordinate the efforts of the various student organisations working on sustainability related matters, as well as improving sustainability performance of the TU Delft. It was at this point that a clear understanding emerged, that together these student initiatives could broaden their reach and consequent impacts. The efforts to formalize and grow this initiative - the ‘Sustainability Community’ as it formerly was - resonated strongly with the Executive Board of the TU Delft. Subsequently, in November 2015, the Executive Board approved the decision to formally establish the Green Office TU Delft, committing resources to see that the TU Delft align itself on becoming a leader on the path towards a sustainable future.