Bonn Program for Sustainable Transformation
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For shaping a more sustainable University of Bonn
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For a Future Worth Living - Sustainability at the University of Bonn

As a university with Excellence status, the University of Bonn is doing its bit for sustainable transformation processes.

With a dedicated Vice Rectorate, a Sustainability Unit and a Green Office, the issue of sustainability is firmly embedded in University management and plays an important role in all areas of its life—research, teaching and operations.

News in the field of sustainability

Sustainability Day 2023

Thank you very much to everyone who came along!

Team N goes Instagram!

We recently launched the official Instagram account @nachhaltige_unibonn dedicated to all things sustainability at the University of Bonn.

Follow us to find out more!

Mighty May 2023

We invite all members of the University of Bonn to take part in a stream of cool events about sustainability in our current campaign month!

BOOST—the University’s very own sustainability program

Participation, networking and student involvement are key to implementing the Bonn Program for Sustainable Transformation (BOOST).
Its core aims and fields of activity are set out in its “Working Together for Sustainability” mission statement, which was devised in a participatory process.
© Elena Hachem

Listen in now: new “Climate Change” series of the Hypothese (“Hypothesis”) podcast. Plus Ferdinand Frechen (Head of Technical Services) talking about “Saving energy at the University of Bonn.”  

Quarterly Campaign Months

To promote a culture of sustainability, the University of Bonn organizes campaign months once every quarter. All members of the university are invited to participate in the diverse offers around the topics of sustainability.

Logo of Fairer Februar
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Logo of Mighty May
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Logo of Sustainable September
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Logo of Nachhaltiger November
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Close-up of ears of wheat in a field.
© Universität Bonn research

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in research. Whether it involves construction materials, fuels, sustainability in horticulture or sustainability in development policy, our researchers are working on projects with a wide range of solution-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches.

A Vietnamese farmer standing in a stream in front of a red mountain range with a carrying pole over her shoulders from which two baskets are suspended filled with leaves. This is a symbol.
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Issues connected with sustainability and sustainability research also play a key role in teaching. As well as covering sustainability issues through its content, this teaching also educates people in sustainable development through its methodology in formats with a practical, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary focus.

Ein kleines Haus wird von einem Mann auf einer Leiter mit einer Art Schilf gedeckt. Es handelt sich um ein Experimentalhaus von Studierenden des Campus Klein-Altendorf.
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Our University needs resources in order to operate. Our commitment to sustainability, particularly in terms of our energy supply, building work, waste management, mobility and procurement, helps minimize the negative impact on the environment.

More information is currently being put together and will be published soon.

Our Commitment to Sustainability
Official Launch of the Global Network

The purpose of the newly formed network is to promote multilateral cooperation between partners institutions in higher education.

Biodiversity and Protecting Insects—make your own “bug hotel”!

This year’s Fairer Februar saw many building bug hotels and presenting them as part of a contest.

All Key Players at One Table

The UN Water Conference, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York March 22-24, was attended by Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers, who is the UNESCO Chair for Human-Water Systems at the University of Bonn Department of Geography. Dr. Evers was there as a member of the German government delegation, joined by members and partners of the BonnWaterNetwork

Green Office publishes University of Bonn’s first sustainability reader

The student-run Green Office has spent the past months working on creating the first sustainability reader of the University of Bonn and is now publishing the results of its efforts.

Electrified: 100 % green electricity

Since November 1, 2019, the electrical sockets in the University of Bonn issue only electricity generated from ecological or renewable energy sources, thereby effecting a considerable reduction in the carbon footprint of the University.

Award: The University of Bonn is a “Fair Trade University”

2020 saw the University of Bonn advance to the status of a “Fair Trade University”.

The Green Office at the University of Bonn 

The University of Bonn opened the Green Office in October 2021 as a central point of contact for the topic of sustainability, supporting the commitment of all university members in this area. 

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Wanted: Sustainable ideas

We are seeking ideas to increase sustainability. All University members are encouraged to engage in this process by submitting their ideas via e-mail.

A special budget will fund projects designed for example, to achieve sustainable reductions in energy, material and water consumption and reduce the volume of wastewater, exhaust air and waste generated by University operations. Funding will also be granted to proposals designed to protect the environment and which seek to influence the behavior of University members (e.g. awareness raising and information campaigns). Update! We are pleased to announce that applications from the University Hospital Bonn will also be accepted, effective immediately.

Networks and Certificates

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