In the first years of its existence, GreenTU Delft focused on strengthening the interaction between knowledge and enthusiasm provided by students and professors and the TU Delft Facility Management and Real Estate, defining guidelines for future collaboration. Furthermore, it researched on sustainability-related projects’ feasibility, thus helping in the decision making processes involving potential sustainability targets.
Now experience and eagerness is translated every year in new big and small achievements, and general awareness of the challenges presented by climate change is growing, thanks to a good communication and to an effective involvement of students and staff in our initiatives.
- No-meat week at BK faculty canteen, starting from 9th March 2020. The initiative was highly successful: the canteen proposed many vegetarian and vegan options which most students and employees were determined to try again.
- Every year starting from 2018, we gather student organizations and associations from the city of Delft during the Day dedicated to Sustainability, which occurs on 10th October, and organize a big Symposium around the main topics of sustainability. Check our past events to get to know more about it!
- We created GreenTeams at the faculties of TPM, CEG, EEMCS, AE and AS and supported the existing ones at 3mE (Green-mE) and Architecture (BKGreen)
- Green-mE wrote the sustainable mechanical engineering guide: a guide to sustainable design in the field of mechanical engineering.
- Foundation of Foodsharing Delft, an active group aiming at reducing food waste by hosting monthly zero waste events. Foodsharing has set agreements with local supermarkets and is able to collect food that would have been otherwise disposed, even if still in good condition. During their monthly open and free dinner they meet with people interested in the community to cook and eat together the collected food, giving an example of how to reduce food waste at campus and at home. For more information visit the Foodsharing Delft Facebook page or follow them on Instagram!
- Composting project: A composting facility was installed next to the Campus Farm, in collaboration with S&C. The goal of this installation is to demonstrate the potential of more sustainable and decentralized handling of organic waste. The compost can be used as fertilizer for the farm, creating synergy. Furthermore, a wider goal is to create awareness around the topic of waste treatment and waste separation, amongst students and staff.
- Creation of FMRE sustainability commission for the year 2017. The aim of the commission was to determine FMRE sustainability strategy. The commission was chaired by the FMRE director, and consisted of the GreenTU staff members, and responsible FMRE officials. The main function was to translate new insights, (science and education) opportunities in a manageable set of requirements for the execution of the campus projects under FMRE responsibility.
- Project waste tendering: project proposal by the Green Office board supported by CRE gave rise to TU Delft Circular campus 2030 report done by students from Industrial ecology.
- In June 2020, we were proud to announce that the proposal made for implementing recycling at campus has been put in practice at BK faculty and Aula. Here, recycling bins for differentiating paper, PMD and residual waste will be present, with the aim of providing a good first example for a future extended implementation all around the campus.
- Food project: Brainstorming session held by GreenTU Delft with the presence of students, scientists, department staff and caterer CIR food, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of food on campus.
- Creation of committees, involving directly students interested in sustainability, making them part of a big community of students striving to achieve sustainability on campus.
- Creation of Studenten Duurzaamheids Raad, a platform which unites different study associations and student organizations on a bi-monthly base, to discuss about future opportunities to make the campus more sustainable, and to help each other through feedback and thematic sessions.