Sustainability in the AID

The AID is the start of your student life, but it should be the start of a sustainably-managed student life! 

What are we doing? 

We try to organise the AID in a sustainable way and this is how we do it:

  • AID-participants make use of a mobile application called the 'AID app' in which they can find the AID program and a map of Wageningen with the most important locations. This saves a lot of paper because program booklets and maps don't have to be printed anymore. Also, the AIDapp makes the use of food coupons and stamp cards for the Crazy88 unnecessary.
  • The daily printed AID newspaper is being replaced by a video day report: The AIDaily. This saves the printing of 3000 8-page newspaper for 6 days!
  • The university’s grid power we use to organise the AID and during the AID is 100% green energy produced by the Wageningen University wind farm.
  • The waste from 2400 AID participants and the waste produced behind the scenes during the AID will be collected separately so that the resources can be reused! We work together with EcoSmart to professionally separate waste during the AID.
  • Wageningen is a real cyclists city! Transportation of AID-participants, mentors and crew before, during and after the AID will be to a large extend by bike. Healthy and environmentally friendly. Next to that we reduce the amount of driven km by cars as much as possible.
  • Food supplies are used in such a way that we waste as less food as possible. The leftover consumable food from lunches and dinners will be distributed by the ‘Voedselbank’ to people in need; social and sustainable!
  • We try to reduce the use of package material for our lunches by composing lunch crates for the whole group instead of lunch packages for each individual. We serve milk and juices in cups instead of separate plastic bottles.
  • Tuesday is ‘Meatless Tuesday’. Meat production has a large environmental impact. Today we dwell on the fact that we can easily manage our lives with less meat!
  • At nearly all the program parts you can refill your bottle of water at our tap. Reuse of bottles is sustainable; it saves the environmental impact of a new bottle.
  • The AID cooperates with local suppliers and companies. Many of these companies are situated in Wageningen or in its nearby surroundings. This saves transport kilometres and stimulates the local economy. The fruit that is used in the AID is always seasonal. Our fruit supplier, Willems vegetables & fruit, always sells on Wednesday's and Saturdays' market in Wageningen.
  • You can buy second hand repaired bikes from Green Office Wageningen during the Campus Games on Friday August 14.
  • The goodie-bag is made of a jute and cotton combination, which is sustainably produced without use of pesticides and without child labour.

On a national level, we are participating in a competition to become the most sustainable organised introduction week. We are also competing for the introduction week with the best sustainable introduction stunt (Duurzame Introductie Stunt = DIS). Check this site for more information about this competition and don't forget to vote for us after the AID!


What can you do? 

We already do a lot to make the AID a sustainable event, but what can can you do yourself?

  • Buy the AID Dopper! You can use this water bottle more than once: Refilling is the standard, Dutch drinking water is the best purified water in the world!
  • Separate your waste
  • Produce as less (food) waste as possible:
    • Take food home
    • Empty packages before opening a new one
    • Share cutlery or plates
  • Recycle: Buy a second hand bike: this is also cheaper than a new one!
  • Download the AIDapp to have the AIDprogram and a map of Wageningen with the most important locations always with you! Check out the advantages of the AIDapp here.