Tilburg University launches Sustainability Factory
The President of the Tilburg University Executive Board, Koen Becking, has launched the Sustainability Factory on February 3: it is the university’s ‘green office’, that stimulates sustainability initiatives by both students and staff. On that occasion, he also signed a document pledging the university’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Sustainability Factory is designed to implement the University’s Sustainability Plan 2019-2021, involves students and staff in sustainability, and supports initiatives from the work floor together with a team of student employees and volunteers. The launch on Monday coincided with a start of a theme week around Inclusiveness on the campus.
Tilburg University has joined SDG Nederland, a growing movement of more than 600 companies, social organizations, youth groups, municipalities, financial institutions, knowledge and educational institutions, and grass roots initiatives. They all contribute to reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As a university specializing in the humanities and social sciences, Tilburg University contributes in many different ways to the SDGs through its research, education, and operational management. CUBE, the new educational building, was built in a sustainable way and, recently, the Zero Hunger Lab was launched: it uses data science for a sustainable way to combat hunger in the world. At the same time, the university acknowledges that the urgency of sustainable development is great and that greater awareness and more action is needed.