To provide an informational basis on sustainability to students, UvA produces and prepares annual environmental reports. In reviewing the annual reports published regarding the “Environmental Barometer,” 020 found a few issues with the current situation.
First, the latest annual report was published in 2017. The data, graphs and statistics provided in this report are useful, but out of date as 020 writes its current policy proposals in September of 2020. We find it important for the University of Amsterdam to provide updated information on their progress, as well as what they are doing to maintain sustainability within. This is important to highlight for students in Amsterdam as this information is viable in not only research, but to hold the University accountable as well. Students should have regular and updated access to these reports to not only monitor UvA’s progress and hold them accountable, but to allow for easily accessible and updated information for students to use for their research purposes, which is an essential pillar in a research university.
Along with this, the report is published only in Dutch. This makes it difficult for internationals to translate this document and thoroughly understand the information provided. While it is understandable why this is the case, with an influx of internationals each year, providing reports in English would be helpful for this growing population to feel included in this process of maintaining sustainability, as well as contributing individually.
With these two concerns in mind, 020 proposes this brief policy to illustrate the need for updated annual reports of sustainable procedures and progress at the University of Amsterdam.
Along with this, 020 maintains that offering these reports in Dutch and English would continue to prove the inclusiveness of UvA towards its student population, along with providing opportunities for all students to get involved and receive updated information. Furthermore, we cannot underestimate the importance of current, relevant information in academia, especially in an institution with such focus on research.