Delft University of Technology: Andy van den Dobbelsteen appointed Sustainability Coordinator


Professor Andy van den Dobbelsteen, full professor of Climate Design & Sustainability, has been appointed as TU Delft Sustainability Coordinator for two days a week. This appointment is initially for a period of four years. Van den Dobbelsteen succeeds Gerrit Kahlman, who retired in November. In the coming period, Van den Dobbelsteen will, in his new role, develop a sustainability vision and programme for the campus. The previously drawn up TU Delft CO2 Roadmap, the Roadmap Circular Campus 2030 and a new form of CO2 accounting will play a major role in this.

Passionate advocate of sustainability
“Sustainability has long been a central theme in our research and education, and increasingly in our campus operations. The desire to make our own organisation as sustainable as possible has become stronger and stronger in recent years, which is how the plan for a CO2-free campus came about in 2019,” says Rector Magnificus/President Tim van der Hagen. “Andy van den Dobbelsteen is the right person to bring this ambitious goal within reach. He combines the necessary technical-scientific knowledge with a sense for smart, practical solutions. Above all, we know him as a passionate advocate of sustainability, who, like no other, will be able to inspire the organisation and thus drive the change process.”

Work with all parts of the TU Delft
Van den Dobbelsteen shares this broad ambition: “Sustainability affects the entire TU Delft: how we build, how we manage our procurement and our finances, our energy and water consumption, but also our eating habits on campus and our means of transport as employees and students. I hope to be able to take significant steps towards a climate-neutral, circular campus on all these fronts in the near future. I am looking forward to working with all parts of the organisation.”

Climate Design & Sustainability
Andy van den Dobbelsteen studied Civil Engineering at TU Delft. Since his graduation in 1993, he has been associated with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. In 2004 he obtained his PhD on the subject of The Sustainable Office and in 2009 he was appointed Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability. From 2013 to 2018 he was chairman of the department of Architectural Engineering + Technology.
In addition, he is a Principal Investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of NL Greenlabel and member of the advisory board of the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC). In 2018 he was appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion and in 2019 he received the Academic Society Award from the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI). In 2020, his MOOC Zero-Energy Design won the EdX Prize, as the best online course of 2020. Part of this MOOC was the short film ‘Energy Slaves’, which won a Golden Heron Award for commissioned films.

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