“A goal that guides us” – this is what the Green Office is looking for in its Sustainability Vision 2030. Just as there is a strategic plan for the future of the university, the Green Office wants to write a plan for the future of sustainability at UM. But, as they explained during their presentation to staff and students last Tuesday, first they need to know where the academic community wants the university to be in 2030.
A competition will therefore be held at www.vision2030.nl for all staff and students to share their ideas until the end of May. A committee will streamline all input in June, and they hope to present a proposal policy in July. “If all goes well, the university can then adopt the policy officially at the start of the academic year in September”, says Green Office member Maiko Schaffrath. After that, the Green Office will work on a ‘road map’ for how to achieve the goals set in the 2030 policy, which will be presented in late 2012.
To date, UM has only had short-term policies on sustainability, whereas “long-term thinking is often crucial for sustainable development”, according to Ragnar Martens, another Green Office member. “We chose 2030 because that’s the year the city of Maastricht wants to be climate neutral. This way, we can coordinate our efforts.”