Shaping the Future
Sustainability at the University of Bonn

For a Future Worth Living - Sustainability at the University of Bonn

Sustainability plays an important role in the organizational development of the University of Bonn. The last years have already seen the launch of a number of initiatives in the area of sustainability, including a steering group to develop a central sustainability strategy.

The importance which we at the University of Bonn attach to this issue is demonstrated by the establishment of the new Vice Rectorate for Sustainability, who started their work in the first half of 2021. Success in this area was recognized last year by award of the status of “Fair Trade 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”.

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.

Wanted: Sustainable ideas

The University of Bonn has made €200,000 available to fund projects seeking to increase sustainability which have been suggested by University members. All University members are encouraged to engage in this process by submitting their ideas via e-mail.

This 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). Further information is also available in Circular 24/2020.

The University of Bonn’s electric post vehicle being recharged in the courtyard of the University main building.
© Universität Bonn/ Volker Lannert
© Gesa Maschkowski/ Bonn4Future

University of Bonn supports „Bonn4Future – Wir fürs Klima”

The participatory project “Bonn4Future – Wir fürs Klima” is a cooperation between the Transition Town Initiative Bonn and the City of Bonn. Civic participation is thereby organized to connect the civil society with the city administration. Citizens enter into dialogue with institutions, civil stakeholders and corporations to support the City of Bonn on its way to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. The long-term project started off with a first “Klimaaktionstag” on 3rd of July in Bonn, after the city council voted in favor of the initiative’s proposal.

The University of Bonn officially supports the project “Bonn4Future” and participates in an interactive sustainability map – a first component of a newly emerging sustainability platform for Bonn.

Feld am Campus Kleinaltendorf
© Volker Lannert/ Universität Bonn

University of Bonn supports the Hamburg Declaration

On June 4, 2021, the German Rector’s Conference issued the Hamburg Declaration “Facing the Grand Challenges of Climate Change and Sustainability”. The recommendations are based on the comprehensive international review “Universities facing Climate Change and Sustainability” commissioned by the Körber Foundation. The University of Bonn supports the Declaration and commits to implementing its recommendations.

Sustainability in Research

The issue of sustainability is also assuming an ever-greater role in the research conducted at the University of Bonn. Whether relating to construction materials, fuels and sustainability in plant breeding or development policy, our researchers are working on projects with a wide range of solution-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches.

NRW-Umweltministerin besucht den Campus Klein-Altendorf der Universität Bonn
Close-up of ears of wheat in a field.
© Universität Bonn/ Volker Lannert

TRA 6 - Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Futures

This Transdisciplinary Research Area is a research consortium made up of a range of researchers drawn from different faculties and non-university research organizations, all investigating questions of sustainability.

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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Center for Development Research (ZEF)

The Center for Development Research is an institute of the University of Bonn. Its researchers seek to develop scientifically sound solutions to questions of development policy.

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.
© Universität Bonn/ Volker Lannert

Klein-Altendorf Campus

The teaching and research units of the Faculty of Agriculture are concentrated at the Klein-Altendorf Campus. 2009 saw the establishment of a new research area “renewable raw materials”.

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