Sustainability at the Hubrecht Institute

Sustainablility is an important focus point for the Hubrecht Institute. Both in our work as an academic institute as in our role as (inter)national employer, we have a leading role in society – our choices have an impact.

Larger decisions we made were choosing for warmth-cold storage in our new building and green energy for the entire institute.

We also try to make as many green choices as possible in respect of the suppliers. As from 2015 the support services frequently took initiatives to increase the sustainability of several processes: new and better freezers, less energy consuming computers, disposable caging material for the animals, external processing of biological waste, digitising employee files, mentoring PhD’s, upgrading the website, adding lightsensors in the toilets and optimalisation of the direct functional use of the institute.

Additionally, in 2017 several initiatives took place to separate different types of waste, use energy-reduced washing machines, reduce airpressure and update the use of air cleaning systems. This year (2017) another check will take place to look at the water use of the building.

We make an indication of the effects of our sustainable choices. Globally seen, the institute reduced about 2,4 million kg CO2 since 2015, which is an equivalent of 120.000 trees.

Once a year, we make a report about our sustainable choices, measured in kWh and in monetary costs. We convert these measurements to a figuratively amount of trees that are saved.