The implementation of LEAF at public research organisations in the biomedical sciences: a report on organisational dynamics
The LEAF pilot in the Netherlands was instigated by Green Labs NL in collaboration with green teams in four public research organisations that were open to coordinate the pilot. The four public research organisations are two large University Medical Centers, Erasmus MC and Radboud UMC, and two smaller public research organisations, the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology (The Máxima) and Sanquin Research. The implementation of LEAF was led by one coordinator and four Green Labs NL members embedded in the local green teams acted as lead administrators in their institutes. As such, the LEAF pilot in the Netherlands started out as a staff-led sustainability initiative. Indeed, the first task for the involved green teams was to gather institutional support from the management to start the pilot. Subsequently, the pilot was advertised in each of the institutes to research staff and an introduction was offered through a workshop style user-meeting, given by the LEAF admin team, after which research group representatives could sign their research group up to the LEAF-tool online.