Operational pillars

Pillar 1: Projects. Practical and opportunistic: launch a variety of projects. Develop a portfolio of projects small and large, covering a wide range of circularity topics. Initiate projects that can be executed in limited time by students and (very) large projects requiring significant time investment of specialized staff. 

Pillar 2Intensive real estate involvement. Introduce sustainability and innovation to all levels of the real estate and facility management group’s strategic and decision-making processes. Real estate departments are organized to manage large projects, driven financially. A separate strategy is needed to include circularity / sustainability into their processes, for instance in the design, tender and procurement procedures. 

Pillar 3: Programmatic themes. Build cross- and multi-disciplinary, faculty-overarching programmatic themes. Since most real estate projects are of limited or temporal value to researchers, overarching, longer lasting research themes should be developed to engage and maintain their interest or to facilitate visionary professors.

Pillar 4: Stakeholder integration. Intensely liaise and co-create with real estate, facility management, professors, employees and students. Because of large differences in culture, language, interest and skills of the stakeholder groups: real estate staff, research staff, and students, no single person can be liaising with all different ones. Therefore a triple-liaison system was set up in the Green Office, where students, science connectors, and real estate/circularity strategists can interact, see Figure 3. The Green Office yields the backbone to bridge the gap between facilitating university departments, scientific staff and students. 

Pillar 5: Outreach, the university as a catalyst in regional/national sustainability systems. A campus is a large office/laboratory park, with significant streams of energy, materials, and food flowing both in and out. These connections with the outer world can be utilized and developed to stimulate solutions for larger circularity and energy sustainability systems. It is aimed to provide impetus for regional sustainability developments with campus projects.