EUR: green university

Sustainability has been on the agenda of Erasmus University Rotterdam since 2006, when the university started up its own ‘Greening the Campus’ programme.                          
The ambition of Erasmus University is to be one of the most sustainable Dutch campuses. The EUR’s sustainability policy comes under the umbrella of corporate social responsibility.

What has been achieved so far?

-Working from MJA-1 (an energy efficiency agreement with VROM, the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment), Erasmus University has realized an energy efficiency of fifteen per cent;
-In 2009, Erasmus University Rotterdam has signed MJA-3 (2010-2030) with VROM, for a further energy reduction of two per cent;
-With other universities, Erasmus University has signed a covenant in which parties agree on a 50 per cent sustainabily rate of their purchases by 2012.

Sustainability ambitions

Examples of measures taken by EUR to achieve its sustainability ambitions:

In the area of city planning: highrise will be concentrated in the southerly half of the campus, so that on the northside, there will be space for a park-like landscape. Underneath Erasmus Plaza, there will be a car park. Lighting will be as energy-efficient as possible, and use of public transport and bicycle will be promoted. The ponds in front of the monument and Plaza will double as reservoirs, with water plants purifying so-called ‘grey’ or used water. 

In the field of civil engineering: energy demand will be reduced by means of ‘passive’ building, green roofs, solar panels, low-energy installations, and sustainable materials. Also, EUR intends the Student Pavilion – iconic for the new Woudestein campus – to be an energy neutral building.

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Energy: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam would either like to use waste heat recuperators, or district heating (obtained from industrial waste heat) with absorption cooling. On top of this, the energy EUR buys in is 100 per cent green.

Green: in spite of the planned concentration of buildings, the percentage of water and green on campus will remain the same. The number of trees to be felled will be limited as much as possible. 170 trees will be felled because of planned developments, 90 because they are in a bad state. 330 new trees will be planted.  

Measuring sustainability

The sustainability rate of Woudestein campus is digitally mapped by means of GPR Gebouw, a Dutch system especially developed for municipal buildings. Using this method, EUR can measure its sustainability rate from a broad standpoint. GPR Gebouw is based on the pillars Energy, Environment, Well-being & Health, User Quality and Future Value. It can be used for the campus in its entirety as well as for individual buildings. GPR Gebouw also measures CO2 emissions. 

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Sustainability achievements Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Eramsu University aims to increase its sustainability rate from 7 to 8, and to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 per cent. Primary energy use will decrease by 45 per cent. Step by step, EUR will realize its sustainability ambitions. In the long-term, Eramus University even aims to render all of Woudestein energy neutral.

It’s clear: the campus of the future is green!


Would you like to know more about Woudestein campus and sustainability? Please contact Erasmus Facility Services:
Project manager: Jan-Cees Jol