What can you do as a student?

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Green Community

Greencommunity.be (NL) is the beating heart of all things sustainability at Ghent University. The Green Community is formed by students, staff, academics, activists, and policymakers. Are you interested in becoming a volunteer or becoming active in one of the sustainable student organizations? Send an e-mail to duurzaam@ugent.be.


With info- and discussion moments, workshops, and with several cool sustainability actions where we as students can take the 'lead' and with which we can make a difference on an academic year. Everyone welcome Tuesday night at the Sustainights!

Sharing platform for study books and materials

Before you buy piles of new books, do you take a look at our sharing platform? And maybe you also have study books or study materials on offer?

Because we strive for reuse and closed cycles!

Sustainable on Erasmus

Travelling by bus, train, or even car is less impactful for the climate and does not necessarily cost a lot. The travel time will sometimes be a bit longer, but a few hours do not make a big difference in a semester, do they? You will get a compensation of 50 euro, and even extra days scholarship if you can show that you went to your guest institution with a sustainable mode of transportation. You can find more information in the Erasmus Study Roadmap (Green travel).

Transition UGent

Transition UGent is an open innovation network of over 200 knowledge workers, policy makers, dreamers and doers from all walks of life. The group bundles engagement and expertise and tries to make the systemic changes that are needed for the transition to a more sustainable university discussable and visible with a memorandum, small-scale experiments, actions, ...

Sustainable educational activities

Summerschools, courses, sustainable thesis topics and more: you can find it all on our sustainable education page.

The awards

The FUTUREproef-award  is an excellence award for the student who has focused on a social-ecological sustainability issue in their thesis, and approached it from different perspectives. Do you think your thesis qualifies? Then don't forget to send it in before October 12!

In addition, every year we hand out the 'De Groene Ruijter award' for the greatest sustainability action. Do you think your action qualifies? Submit!

You need information? Or tips?

In the Green Guide we guide you through (U)Ghent in a sustainable way.