The SustainaBul is the ranking of Dutch higher education institutions in the area of sustainability, and was initiated by Studenten voor Morgen. In 2012, the SustainaBul was awarded for the first time, and it’s now awarded annually in June. Education institutions are judged on sustainability in both their education, research and operations. The ranking not only focusses on sustainability, but also on transparency: institutions need to convince Morgen that they are indeed sustainable, instead of merely stating they are.
Students are increasingly more interested in the societal involvement of their institution. Also, students like to identify themselves with institutions that focus on sustainability, as can be concluded from the Morgen Manifesto. Next to that, the higher education sector as a whole can develop faster in a sustainable direction when there is more intense knowledge exchange and when individual prestations of institutions become visible – this increases competition, and therefore results.
All institutions fill in a questionnaire. With each answer, they are required to submit policy documents to back the answer. The answers are then checked by a team of volunteers. The 2014 ranking will be announced on Wednesday, June 11th at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. On Thursday, June 12th, the ranking will be published in the Dutch newspaper Trouw.
Unique to the SustainaBul is that the ranking is drawn up and assessed by students rather than by a professional organisation. New insights are used each year to keep education institutions focused and keep renewing the questionnaire.
Why the SustainaBul?
Through this ranking, it becomes clear to students, policymakers and administrators who the leaders and laggards are with respect to the integration of sustainability. Morgen’s use of the ranking is aimed at initiating a change in mentality in the higher education sector, which in turn must lead to institutions taking action themselves. By filling in the questionnaire, education institutions can look upon themselves critically – are we really doing all we can regarding a certain matter? For that reason, participating is more important than ending at the top – and that’s why we want all institutions to join.