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Case – 03 August 2018

Leiden has the first climate-neutral university of applied sciences in the Netherlands

The University of Applied Sciences Leiden was proclaimed the first climate-neutral university of applied sciences in the Netherlands on 29 May 2015 during the first Sustainability Day in Higher Education.

Climate Neutral Certificate
The day consisted of the Symposium Green ICT and Sustainability, in combination with the SustainaBul Experience. The University of Applied Sciences Leiden received a climate neutral certificate from former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende during the SustainaBul ceremony. Agnita Mur, member of the university’s Executive Board, received the certificate. The SustainaBul is the ranking of the most sustainable universities in the Netherlands. In addition to the climate neutral certificate, the University of Applied Sciences Leiden also received the silver SustainaBul from an expert jury: consisting of Princess Irene, Leiden alderman Frank de Wit and Henk Hagoort, chairman of the NPO.

Sustainability in the genes
The University of Applied Sciences Leiden has been pursuing an active policy in the field of sustainability for years, both within research and education, and in business management. After years of investing in reduction and a sustainability strategy beyond the EEP (Energy Efficiency Performance), CO₂ compensation of the remaining emissions was a logical step towards achieving climate neutrality. With this, the University of Applied Sciences Leiden confirms its sustainability ambition, underlines the urgency of Paris's climate agreements and sets an example for other educational institutions.

For more information: www.hsleiden.nl/hsl-en

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