|Submission Date||Dec. 18, 2013|
PAE-2: Strategic Plan
Onderwijs & Onderzoek
Year the strategic plan or equivalent was completed or adopted:
Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the environmental dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the environmental dimensions of sustainability:
The University will ensure the sustainability of its operations.
Over the past few years, Utrecht University has made systematic efforts to ensure the
further sustainability of its operations with a focus on energy, new construction/renovation,
mobility and purchasing. These efforts are primarily based on the sectoral agreements. The
University will be continuing this approach over the coming years, in order to ensure that
its aspirations for education and research are implemented in its operations. The University
will focus on sustainable accommodation, mobility and energy, with an emphasis on
facilities processes, and will work to communicate its efforts more effectively through
various channels, including the website.
The University contributes to regional initiatives, making sure to balance these activities
with its primary tasks. The University is working to develop a sustainable Utrecht Science
Park in collaboration with other partners. Concrete landmarks include new construction of
the Sciences / Geosciences Education Centre (compliant with the Very Good sustainability
standard applied by BREEAM-NL), expansion of the existing heat and cold storage
(sustainably generated energy) in the northwest corner of De Uithof, and the sustainable
demolition of the Wentgebouw building (recycling of 98% of all reclaimed materials).
Line of action 1: Preparing, adopting and implementing the Sustainable Business Operations
Programme, with a focus on energy, development, management, mobility
Line of action 2: Adopting a University-wide standard for new construction, existing housing
stock and area development on the basis of BREEAM-NL with credits for
aspects such as energy and indoor climate, materials, mobility, water and
nature in proportion to lifespan costs (investment and commercial
Line of action 3: Applying sustainability (on a People, Planet, Profit basis) as an explicit
criterion for all purchasing and tenders (to be expanded to cover the
University’s entire spending volume).
Line of action 4: Further development of the mobility plan in collaboration with the Uithof
partners, based on a shared vision on mobility. The objective is to achieve
sustainable accessibility, with the planned P+R facility and Uithof tram line
being applied to influence mobility choices.
Line of action 5: Implementation of the sustainability benchmark for universities.
Line of action 6: The improvement of communication on the University’s sustainability efforts.
(Stategic Plan Utrecht University 2012-2016, page 33)
Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the social dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the social dimensions of sustainability:
Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the economic dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the economic dimensions of sustainability:
The website URL where information about the strategic plan is available: