SustainaBul EN


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, Studenten voor 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, Studenten voor 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 Studenten voor 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.

New main sponsor: Amber

Amber, a leading player in sustainable shared cars, has partnered up with the SustainaBul as the new main sponsor. 

Sustainable shared transport is on the rise at higher educational institutions in the Netherlands and therefore Amber will play an important part in making institutions more sustainable. Amber was founded by then students at the TU Eindhoven with a vision of making more efficient and sustainable use of the car, that on average is stationary 95% of the time. Currently, multiple Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences are already making use of the electrical shared cars of Amber. Amber helps them to make their mobility more sustainable in a direct and accessible way.

SustainaBul Coordinator: Lianne Harmsen

My name is Lianne Harmsen, I am 20 years old and during the upcoming months I will be the project coordinator of the SustainaBul. I am studying Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Maastricht. It’s a broad bachelor’s programme in which I focus on sustainability and politics. Next to my studies, I am also secretary of GECCO, a committee within my study association that aims at creating awareness on the topic of sustainability among students. I think that making higher education more sustainable and  encouraging competition between the institutions is very important. Especially because quality education is important in the creation of a more sustainable society and future. This is the reason why the SustainaBul project stood out to me. I am very excited for the upcoming months! 

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How does it work?

The assessment process of the SustainaBul occurs in two separate rounds. In the first round, the questionnaire will be filled in by rankers (students) for each of the participating institutions, based on the information that is available online. The results of this first round and corresponding feedback will be shared with the institutions, after which the institutions get the opportunity to hand in extra evidence to complement the questionnaire, in order to improve their scores. After the deadline for this has passed, the second round will begin for the rankers. In this round, the rankers will take a second look at the questionnaire. The extra evidence will be included for review. The final results of the ranking will be decided upon, and this will be announced during the Groene Peper (Previously called NDDHO for National Day for Sustainability in Higher Education).

Planning 2021

February 12 – deadline for sending documents for round 1
February 15 – start of ranking round 1 by students
March 22 – feedback to institutions from round 1
April 18 – deadline for submitting best practices 
April 21 – jury meeting best practices
April 25 – deadline additional documents and feedback from institutions on the results of round 1 
April 26– start of ranking round 2 by students
May 10 – end of ranking round 2
May 28 – awarding at the Groene Peper 

SustainaBul winners 2012-2020

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