Sustainability at Wageningen University & Research

Sustainability is in our DNA. It plays a key role in everything we say and do, and is rooted not only in our research and education, but even in the way WUR is governed.

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The most sustainable university in the world 

For years, we have held the title of ‘Most Sustainable University in the World’ (The GreenMetric ranking 2016-2022), and that is something we are proud of. As part of this list, scientific institutions all over the world are ranked based on matters like energy use, climate, waste, transportation, water, biodiversity and infrastructure. Sustainability in education and research is likewise assessed. In 2023, WUR joined the Nature-Positive Universities Alliance.

Sustainable campus

Whoever traverses our magnificent campus cannot help but notice: our campus is similarly ecological and green, with sustainable buildings and facilities. On top of that, it is a pleasant place to work and study. We prioritise the vitality of employees and students, and we carefully consider the healthiness of the food on offer in the campus restaurants. We avoid food waste where we can. 

Sustainability in our themes

Sustainability is a common denominator in the central themes of our research and education: Biodiversity, Climate change, Circular & Biobased Economy, From hunger to food security, and Nutrition & Health. The sixth theme, Artificial Intelligence, is a common thread that runs through all these themes.

Watch how WUR works on Planetary Boundaries:

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