Ideas Inbox & Funding Pot

Help to shape a more sustainable University of Bonn!

Got some ideas for boosting sustainability at the University?

All members of the University of Bonn can help make it a more sustainable place. Send us your ideas here.

Got a specific project in mind? Apply for some funding here.

Many innovative ideas and projects have already been brought to life thanks to the ideas inbox and the “Sustainability” funding pot:

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© Preston Browning / Unsplash

Application for funding: biodiversity on University land

The “Mowing Management” working group is committed to bringing about a substantial and visible improvement in biodiversity in our University’s green spaces.

The project is geared toward managing the mowing of the green spaces in Endenich and Poppelsdorf in a more sustainable way in order to increase biodiversity and the number of flowering plants for pollinating insects.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© Andrik Langfield / Unsplash

Application for funding: sustainable mobility on the Wiesengut

The Agroecology and Organic Farming Group is keen to make transportation to and between the external sites in Hennef and Klein-Altendorf more sustainable.

The current journey is set to become easier and more flexible by providing a wide range of bicycles, which will also enable a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Sustainable idea: saving paper

Following a slew of feedback from University members, the extensive course catalog will no longer be printed from the 2021/22 winter semester onward and will be replaced by digital formats.

The much-loved forsch will also be sent out electronically from now on, with printed copies only available on request.

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Application for funding: Klein-Altendorf Sustainability Campus

The “Sustainability Campus Klein-Altendorf” serves as a hub for the development of resource-conserving products and processes. It pursues a targeted communications strategy to raise awareness of its work both within the university community and externally. Knowledge transfer to society is driven through filmed reports, photo documentation, and a modern homepage. 

Further information is available here.

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Sustainable idea: LED lighting

Through its energy management mandate, the University of Bonn is working intensively on the topic of lighting. First and foremost, the University is successively replacing existing bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. This is one way to save energy and other valuable resources long-term.

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Sustainable University Hospital Bonn

Innovative sustainability measures are also being promoted at the University Hospital Bonn. A project entitled “ShrinkMyTrash” aims to reduce greenhouse emissions from volatile anesthetics, and reusable products are being introduced into the surgical field where appropriate—more on these and other fascinating sustainability projects at the University Hospital Bonn can be found here.

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