Bonn Program for Sustainable Transformation
Ideas Inbox & Funding Pot
For shaping a more sustainable University of Bonn
Ideas Inbox & Funding Pot

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.

Participation, networking and student involvement are key to implementing the University’s own sustainability program, known as BOOST (Bonn Program for Sustainable Transformation). This is also reflected in its guiding principle, “Working Together for Sustainability.”

The key aims and fields of activity are set out in the mission statement, which was devised in a participatory process.

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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First Sustainability Day at the University of Bonn

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Our Commitment to Sustainability
How much plastic do soils contain?

Not only in the sea, but also in our soils there is "invisible" plastic - nanoplastics to be precise.

Where do the ingredients for your chocolate, smartphone and clothes come from?

The Department of Communications of the University asked Dr. Jorge Gonzales from the Center for Development Research about it.

Green Learning Workshop opened in the Botanic Gardens

It is set to run age-appropriate programs that will enable children to discover the diversity of plant life in a fun way and embark on their own research projects.

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.

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

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.

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.

Close-up of ears of wheat in a field.
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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.
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Klein-Altendorf Sustainability 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”.

Sustainability in Teaching

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 delivers sustainability education through its methodology in formats with a practical, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary focus.

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Service learning: coffee grounds—tough luck for the trash

Service learning combines research-based learning, real-life experience and social engagement. In a project entitled “We do give two beans!” for example, Agricultural Sciences students led by Dr. Thorsten Kraska created a sustainable barbecue lighter out of coffee grounds.

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A grant program that’s diverse, sustainable and digital

The University of Bonn has set up the “vielfä” internal grant program in order to develop studying and teaching further with an eye on the future. The funding is to be given out annually.

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Pilot project: CampusAckerdemie

The CampusAckerdemie program provides teachers-in-training with the skills to create their own in-school gardening class and integrate it effectively into daily school life, and to engage with pupils on topics such as natural relationships, foods, and healthy and sustainable diets. 

Networks and Certificates

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