Sustainable solutions

On the path to sustainable innovation
world in skillet with fire underneath

Education and research. In these areas, we can really make a difference as a university around sustainability. Sustainable development is already high on the agenda. But it has to become part of our DNA. How? Fully integrate sustainability in our education. Focus in research on sustainable solutions in the broadest sense. From income inequality to the energy transition. And in addition, of course, reducing our own emissions on campus. Find out how we work. We are well on our way, but we are not there yet.

Sustainability in society

Rich countries emit a lot and poor countries bear most of the burden. That's climate inequality. Researcher Daphina Misiedjan explains what we can do.

Daphina Misiedjan op de bank bij een interviewer.
Hospital bed full of hospital appliances

This is how Erasmus MC becomes a circular hospital

Seven bin bags of waste per intensive care patient per day. And that is only a fraction of a hospital's environmental impact. Circularity is the answer. But how do you achieve that without compromising the quality of healthcare? Erasmus MC researcher Nicole Hunfeld thinks it can be done.

Read how it's done here
Jan Fransen

"After the corona crisis, we were right back in traffic jams together. We return to an automatism"

What makes a city and its residents resilient so that they can cope with drastic events? Self-reflection is the answer.

Dr. Jan Fransen

Urban development specialist

More on resilience

From linear to circular

Rotterdam is moving towards a circular economy. Professor Derk Loorbach: "We need to start acting, producing and consuming much more on the basis of what is renewable."

Find out how this is possible
The sun shines over Little C in Rotterdam-West.

Is a car-free city easily accessible?

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Three misconceptions about car-free city

Scientist Anna Bornioli wants to get rid of these myths. But what are these three misconceptions?

Anna Bornioli aan een statafel

1. Car-free cities are bad for the economy

Pedestrian and cyclists spend more money

Many retailers think that a car-free city reduces revenue. Shoppers who come by bike or walk spend more money, according to research by Bornioli

Rotterdam city hall at night.

2. The shape of the city always remains the same

We can change the shape of the city

Bornioli: "Rotterdam was made for the car. That's true. But we can change that, too. Barcelona is the example. There, large car-free blocks have been created."

Library Rotterdam in pictures.

3. People (and their behavior) never change

People always change

According to Bornioli, people can change just fine. "Think about Covid. A lot of people started working from home and still work from home."

Foto van mensen die op straat lopen

This shows that a healthy green city can also be accessible.

More on Bornioli's research

Sustainability in education

Sustainability in education at Erasmus University Rotterdam includes attention to both economic, social and environmental development. Our aim is for EUR graduates to understand the challenges facing our society. And how our leaders of the future can overcome them.

potrait Mevan Kaluarachchi Sustainable Fashion
Designer Mevan Kaluarachchi

Lesson on sustainable fashion

Clothing production is one of the most polluting industries. Fast fashion in particular is a problem. What can we do? In the minor Fashion Industry, students learn more about sustainable solutions.

Discover more on minor

Leaders of the future

The new transdisciplinary master's programme 'Societal Transitions' zooms in on major changes.

Student poses in the light in Langeveld Building.

Positive Societal Impact

How is sustainability reflected in our teaching and research? We explain that in this video.

Two students talking to each other in the city.

Courses on sustainability

Sustainability at EUR

Erasmus University Rotterdam's Strategy 2024 focuses on making a positive impact on society. An important part of that positive impact is creating a more sustainable world.

Person riding a bicycle on the campus Woudestein near the pond

Bicycle allowance and attractive public transport scheme

EUR employees are reimbursed 50% of their bicycle or e-bike. You can also get an NS Business Card to travel to campus sustainably. To reduce the negative impact of commuting on the environment, we offer several options to promote sustainable travel. All part of our sustainable mobility policy.

More on sustainable mobility
Associate professor Federica Violi poses with a cup of coffee.
Alexander Santos Lima

Encouraging critical thinking

As a university, we want to create social impact. For associate professor Federica Violi, that starts with abstract and critical thinking. "That's what I teach my students in international law lectures. We now start every lecture with a topic that dominates the news, such as the climate crisis. And we study this issue through the lens of international law. That way, students can better understand what something they consider abstract, such as an international treaty, means in practice."

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