Environment: What can you do?

As an employee or student, you can also take simple measures to contribute to reducing the impact of the university on the environment.

Energy and water

  • Turn off the lights when you leave your room, even if it is only for fifteen minutes. 
  • Turn down the thermostat in your office.
  • Select a good spot for your desk or work table (to ensure your workplace is properly lit).
  • Put an energy-saving bulb in your desk lamp.
  • Put your computer in stand-by mode if you leave your workplace, and put it in sleep mode or turn it off if you do not plan to use it for the next half-hour or more.
  • Do not use a screensaver: turn off your screen if you are not using it.
  • Disconnect your power supply from the power outlet if you are not using it.
  • Use central facilities (for instance a multifunctional for printing, copying and scanning, coffee corners, and fridge and freezer facilities). These are less harmful to the environment.
  • Make sure that devices are properly filled when you turn them on (dishwasher, autoclaves).
  • Cycle to and from work; it’s also better for your health.
  • Immediately report leaky faucets and toilets and defective lights to the service desk of your building.
  • Use the low volume flush mode of the toilet.

Waste prevention

  • Throw away old paper and cardboard in a paper container; this saves money.
  • Print and copy documents only if this is absolutely necessary.
  • Write, print and copy everything double-sided.
  • Use the notice board or the personnel newsletter to make announcements. Not everyone needs to receive an announcement on paper.
  • Do not use any disposable products.
  • Buy longer-lasting supplies.

For more information please contact  Amber Hensema, environmental adviser, Ext. 3094, a.hensema@vgm.leidenuniv.nl

Last Modified: 03-04-2017