In line with the Eindhoven region’s knack for cooperation and mutual trust, the Campus strongly relies on help and participation from both its suppliers and tenants in achieving its sustainability goals. Companies operating outside the Campus are also invited to contribute. ‘Everyone can participate, as long as their business does not directly compete with our own suppliers and tenants,’ says Anne van Wijchen.
Many suppliers are already on board. The next phase of the project focuses on getting the tenants involved. One idea to get tenants inspired is to offer them Campus facilities for free to test sustainable innovations. ‘When Holst Centre needed a safe environment to test its new air quality sensor, we offered them our parking garage for free,’ says Harrie Arends, head of Operations at High Tech Campus Eindhoven. Arends’ team is working on creating a platform where tenants can see what’s already happening, so they can participate as well as contribute new ideas and initiatives. ‘We’re lucky in that many companies take sustainability very seriously and also have their own green ambitions,’ says Arends.
Nevertheless, it’s challenging to find the proper way to involve companies with the sustainability roadmap, says Hilde de Vocht. ‘Although we will sometimes buy or hire a sustainable product or service, we don’t want it to be a purely commercial activity. It’s more the idea of a living lab, where you stimulate innovation to achieve your goals. That’s a win-win both for the company and for us.’
The Campus has recently initiated a sustainability board composed of Campus Site Management, suppliers and tenants to monitor the sustainability roadmap and track its progress. All Campus employees are passionate about the sustainability roadmap. If we really want to have a sustainable world, then the contribution of the business world is essential, the interviewees agree. ‘We want to set the example.’
HTCE Campus Site Management is open to new sustainable ideas or initiatives. Contact Anne van Wijchen at firstname.lastname@example.org.