Since 2012, the SustainaBul (which is a pun, as a ‘bul’ is the degree you receive when graduating from university) ranks the extent to which Dutch higher education institutions are sustainable. The ranking is organised annually by Studenten voor Morgen. Participating institutions are assessed based on a questionnaire on the topics of sustainability in education, research, operational management and integral approach. With the SustainaBul, Morgen works on continuing to make higher education more sustainable. 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 to 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 organises 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.
Hogeschool van Hall Larenstein is the winner of the SustainaBul 2020! The prize was awarded on May 29 during the live award show at the Groene Peper. This is the first time that a university of applied science has won. Hogeschool Utrecht won the prize for the Best Practice with their project ‘Duurzame Flat in Overvecht – Inside out’. Congratulations to all! You can watch all Groene Peper webinars online.
This year we collected all results in our benchmark report. We also gathered all best practices. In the press statement the results are summarized, the 2020 ranking you can also find at the bottom of this page and you can also take a look at the presentation of the award show.
The yearly sustainability ranking of Studenten voor Morgen for Dutch institutions of higher education is organised differently in 2020 than in the previous years. The 30 largest higher education institutions were assessed in the ranking, during which students will fill out the first round based on online available publications. The questionnaire has been adapted focusing on five important aspects: a policy plan, a strategy, the implementation to achieve the goals, transparancy, and the involvement of students and employees. Read more about this in our press statement.
SustainaBul Coordinator: Mignon Vieveen
My name is Mignon Vieveen. In the coming months I will be helping with the coordination of the SustainaBul. I just finished my bachelor Industrial Design. Since last year I am part of Team Energy, a student team at Eindhoven University of Technology that is involved in the transition towards sustainable energy. I think it is important to be in contact with each other in the area of sustainability and to share a lot of knowledge, since most of the time there is no clear answer and it is therefore very important to learn from each other. I think that with the SustainaBul we can strive for more sustainability in education, where today’s students determine tomorrow’s innovations. I am looking forward to work on this project this year and I hope we can learn a lot from each other! Do you have any questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does it work?
In 2020, students filled out a questionnaire (English version) for the participating institutions based on information that is available online. To every given answer, the institution policy documents or different kinds of proof are delivered to substantiate the given answer. The next step is that volunteers, called ‘rankers’, will check the answers. They will provide feedback for the institution and assign a corresponding number of points. After this, the education institutions will be given the opportunity to improve their answers, after whch the definitive ranking will be created. This list of ranked institutions is annually announced at the Groene Peper, formerly known as the NDDHO, the national day of sustainability in higher education. In 2020, the Groene Peper was supposed to be held at Van Hall Larenstein in Velp on May 29 but instead changed into a week full of online webinars.
January 30 – deadline for feedback on the questionnaire
February 9 – deadline for sending documents for round 1
February 10 – start of ranking round 1 by students
March 16 – feedback to institutions from round 1
April 17 – deadline for submitting best practices
April 21 – jury meeting best practices
April 24 – deadline additional documents and feedback from institutions on the results of round 1
April 25 – start of ranking round 2 by students
May 10 – end of ranking round 2
May 29 – awarding at the Groene Peper (online)
SustainaBul winners 2012-2020
- 2020: Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein
- 2019: Eindhoven University of Technology
- 2018: Eindhoven University of Technology
- 2017: Wageningen University & Research
- 2016: Wageningen University & Research
- 2015: Wageningen University & Research
- 2014: Wageningen University & Research
- 2013: Wageningen University & Research
- 2012: Maastricht University
Picture by Vera Duivenvoorden
Ranking SustainaBul 2020
Below you can see the ranking of the SustainaBul 2020. 22 of the 30 institutions of higher education have sent in additional information, through which a more complete assessment of these institutions could be performed. The institutions with a * behind the name have not participated actively in the SustainaBul 2020. The research and scores of these institutions are thus only based on publicly available information.