Newsletter April 2018

This is a translation of the Dutch parts of the sustainable newsletter of Ghent University, edition April 2018. 

Groene Ruijter award: last call!

Do you have a good idea to increase sustainability at Ghent University, but do you lack the money? Submit your proposal before April, 19th and grab your chance to win 1000 euros to realize your project. For help with your submission, you can always contact the sustainability office. 

With the Groene Ruijter award, Ghent University is continuing the passionate struggle of Andreas de Ruijter for a more sustainable world and university.

On April 24th, we will present this sustainability award for the fifth time. We will then know who becomes the successor of 'De Groene Locomotief' and 'ECOzy corner'. A warm welcome from 7 pm in the UFO! But expect a lot of Dutch.

All the info you need, but you'll need a translator. Submission can of course occur in English! 

Welcome to the Gala of the Sustainable University

An afternoon full of inspiration. About how it can be done differently. About how it should be done differently. About how we want it differently. And about how we can get started ourselves.

With attractive visions in the future and many suggestions for actions, policy measures and experiments, we want to inspire you to make UGent a sustainable university.

Welcome on May, 3rd in congress center ‘Het Pand’, with the following 'special guests':

* The Climate Response: this scientific collective presents you some important sustainable conclusions.

* Transition UGent: the open sustainable transition network at Ghent University is presenting its new memorandum to the board of the University.

* Departments, services and students: put in the spotlight for their inspiring sustainability initiatives.

Register now so that we know how many vol-au-veggies we have to provide. Costumes not necessary. But expect a lot of Dutch.

 DUST* for sustainability

(Dust = dialect of Ghent for 'thirstiness' )

As part of Making Tomorrow, student associations enthusiastically worked out a plan to decrease their environmental footprint during their activities.

Together with the sustainability office, a booklet was drawn up in which many ideas and tips are presented to go more sustainable in the future.

The first ideas have already been put to action. Green embassadors and sustainability preseses will guide this transition with heart and soul in the coming years. Curious about the ideas? Then browse the DUST booklet for sure (in dutch).

 Water coolers on tap water

The end of water coolers with bottled water is finally coming near at Ghent University. Since February, a compulsory university-wide framework contract has come into action. The company Aqualex is responsible for placing drinking water coolers working solely on tap water.

The appliances are equipped with a filter, an option to cool water and possibly even to tap sparkling water. Water coolers are available for both departments and service desks as well as for public places. You read that right: students will have easy access to tap water in the future!

The service includes the placement of the device, rent and maintenance at a monthly cost. Meanwhile, we start with the installation of devices in public areas, an operation that will take the necessary time. All information is available online for you.

Bar Bricolage

Gray spots, there are so many and we would like some more colour. Motivated students and employees are joining forces to make gray and underused places more accessible and attractive.

First mission: transforming the somewhat hidden Muinkkaai (behind the Terminal) into a cozy leisure spot for students and staff. During Bar Bricolage we will roll up our sleeves: up-cycling wooden pallets to benches, fabricating planters, ... The material has been collected; now we are looking for enthusiasts to get started.

Come and take a look or roll up your sleeves on April, 26th. Between 1 pm and 7 pm we provide materials, a great atmosphere, drinks and bites! Follow the preparation on our event page.