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Sustainability: The University of Bayreuth’s path to a "Green Campus"

Climate protection is perhaps the greatest global challenge of our time, and sustainability is the order of the day. Universities as research and educational institutions have a central role to play in the sustainable development of our society.

The University of Bayreuth is taking on this major task. In 2021, the University of Bayreuth was one of the first Bavarian universities to adopt a binding and participatory sustainability strategy. In this way, we are making our university a shaper of sustainable development.

We take a comprehensive approach to sustainability, pursuing environmental, social and economic sustainability and aligning ourselves with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our goals are

  • to sustainably align the University itself with its structures and processes and with the involvement of all groups in the coming years in order to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible, and
  • to initiate and accompany the social transformation towards more sustainability through activities in research, teaching and third mission.

Future competences that are of great importance for our path to sustainable transformation:

  • We are researching sustainable solutions for the challenges of the next generations. Our tradition of trans- and interdisciplinary research is a decisive factor for our success.
  • We are educating people who will shape society in the future. We want to teach students sustainability as a cross-cutting issue so that they develop the ability to think regionally as well as globally and rationally, and to act responsibly.
  • We are cooperating with decision-makers, non-governmental organisations and companies in order to disseminate the knowledge gained into society and to take up impulses on our part.

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