Starting in 2012, the SustainaBul (which is a pun, as a ‘bul’ is the degree you receive when graduating from university) has ranked the extent to which Dutch higher education institutions are sustainable. The event is annually organized by Morgen. When participating, the institutions have to fill out a questionnaire to assess the sustainability level of their research, education, business management and integral approach. With the SustainaBul, Morgen aims to bring about a further increase in sustainability within higher education in the Netherlands. This is being done by stimulating due to the competitive element, but also by sharing knowledge gained in the past. In this way, Morgen aims make the Dutch education sector in its entirety more sustainable. Good education is crucial for a more sustainable society.
Through the years, the SustainaBul has grown into the biggest project Morgen organizes and is unique in its sort. This type and scale of classification cannot be found any place elsewhere in the world, completely initiated and voluntarily executed by students. From this unique position, the SustainaBul is set to contribute further to making Dutch higher education increasingly more sustainable.
SustainaBul Coordinator: Anne-Lotte Boudeling
Hi! My name is Anne-Lotte Boudeling and in the coming months I will help coordinate the SustainaBul 2019. Four years ago I started my bachelor studies Future Planet Studies. Now I am writing a thesis for my Master’s degree in Organic Agriculture in Wageningen. Whether you as a student choose a career in sustainability or not, I think it is important that future students can make an informed choice in choosing a university. Especially now a new generation is growing with the belief that sustainability is becoming increasingly important, there is the possibility to send a clear signal to educational institutions to make them more sustainable. The SustainaBul promotes this transition and makes the change process transparent. I think it is really nice that I can now contribute to this process!
How does it work?
All participating institutions fill out a questionnaire for the SustainaBul. To every given answer, the institution provides a policy document or different kind of proof to substantiate the given answer. The next step is that volunteers, called ‘rankers’, will check the answers given by the institution. The rankers will provide the institution with feedback and will assign a corresponding number of points. After this, the education institutions will be given one last chance to improve their answers and before the definitive ranking will be created. This list of ranked institutions is annually announced on the NDDHO, the national day of sustainability in higher education. This year the NDDHO will be held at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch on May 24 2019. On this page you can find more information about the event or you can sign up yourself!
Thirteen higher education institutions participated in the SustainaBul 2018. Of these 13, the ultimate winner was the hosting institution: the Technical University in Eindhoven. With a beautiful third place, Van Hall Larenstein was the highest placed university of applied sciences. The entire overview of the results can be seen down below. Are you looking for further information on your institution’s results? You can send an email Sustainabul@studentenvoormorgen.nl