Since 2012, the SustainaBul has been the annual sustainability ranking between Dutch higher education institutions, organized by Studenten voor Morgen. Participating educational institutions are assessed using a questionnaire divided into the themes; sustainability in research, education, operational management and the integrated approach.

With the SustainaBul, Studenten voor Morgen is working on making higher education more sustainable. This is done by stimulating the institutions through the competition, but also by sharing the knowledge gained. Good education is of crucial importance for a sustainable society.

Over the years, the SustainaBul has grown into the largest project organized by SvM and is unique in its kind. This type and format of classification is not fully initiated and performed by students anywhere else. From this position, SustainaBul is working on making Dutch higher education more sustainable.

Result 2023: Van Hall Larenstein University of applied sciences wins the SustainaBul!

For the twelfth year in a row, the youth organization Studenten voor Morgen investigated to what extent higher education institutions are actually sustainable. A total of 33 higher education institutions were assessed on the basis of their sustainability performance by more than 36 students from across the country. The institutions were assessed on various themes for the integration of sustainability within the categories of education, research and business operations. Behind Van Hall Larenstein, VU University Amsterdam took second place and Universiteit van Amsterdam was in the top three this year. VU University Amsterdam won the Best Practice prize this year with their CO2-assistent best practice. View the benchmark report, best practice report and press release of the SustainaBul 2022 at the bottom of this page.

How does it work?

The SustainaBul assessment process takes place in two different rounds. In the first round, the questionnaire for each institution is completed by rankers (students) on the basis of information available online. The outcome of this first ranking and associated feedback will then be shared with the institutions, after which the higher education institutions will be given the opportunity to provide additional evidence for each question in order to improve their score. When the deadline for this has passed, the second round for the rankers will begin. In this round, the students will again look at the questionnaire. The additional evidence provided is included in this assessment. The final ranking will then be formed and announced during the Groene Peper (formerly National Day for Sustainability in Higher Education).

Winners of the SustainaBul 2012-2022
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