#VisionSustainability2030

Our path to a sustainable Bildungscampus

#VisionGreenMobility Promoting sustainable and innovative mobility solutions.

#VisionBeingHuman Supporting people on their educational path in the best possible way.

#ZeroEmmisionVision Promoting the climate-neutral and largely energy self-sufficient operation of the Bildungscampus.

#VisionNaturalHabitat Being prepared for meteorological changes and contributing to the preservation and promotion of native animal and plant species.

#VisionCircularEconomy Promote the circularity of the Bildungscampus to minimize resource consumption.

Our path to a sustainable Bildungscampus

As an innovative place that actively shapes the future, the Bildungscampus aims to take a pioneering role not only in education and research, but also in the area of sustainability.

We are developing a sustainable, future-proof, and innovative campus of tomorrow with the goal of becoming CO2-neutral by 2030

To achieve this goal, we have developed an overarching strategy and a roadmap for the campus. The strategy is divided into five fields of action based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each field of action includes measures with clear guidelines for implementation. Together, they form the framework for our sustainable developments and are summarized under the motto #VisionSustainability2030.

Our fields of action

It is important to us that all aspects and needs of the Bildungscampus are considered and that the concept of sustainability is understood holistically. This is the only way we can cover all dimensions of sustainability. To implement our sustainability strategy, we set clear goals and guidelines. The foundation for this is our five fields of action based on the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our focus

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals consist of 17 global sustainability goals. Each goal explains how sustainable actions are possible for everyone and where action is needed. They form the basis for a humane life and a sustainable natural livelihood. 

For the Bildungscampus, we are focusing on a total of eight goals to which we can make a significant contribution. These are summarized in the five fields of action and help us to implement the measures effectively and as needed.

#VisionZeroEmission
#VisionNaturalHabitat
#VisionCircularEconomy
#VisionGreenMobility
#VisionBeingHuman

Climate Neutrality & Energy Independence

#VisionZeroEmission
Promoting the climate-neutral and largely energy self-sufficient operation of the Bildungscampus.

On the path to climate-neutral operation

By reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, we want to help combat climate change. We support the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C. To achieve this, we aim to permanently reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions - the greenhouse gas emissions that are self-generated or released by our energy supplier according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. We are aiming for a 70% reduction by 2028 and complete greenhouse gas neutrality in this area by 2030. One component of this is for the campus to generate part of its own electricity and heating energy requirements from renewable sources. Therefore, the roofs of the Campus Ost, Mitte and Nord will be equipped with photovoltaic systems, and the heating and cooling curves and lighting in the buildings will be adapted. 

Climate Resilience & Biodiversity

#VisionNaturalHabitat
Being prepared for meteorological changes and contributing to the preservation and promotion of native animal and plant species.

Creating new habitats and preserving diversity

Acting sustainably and responsibly also means preparing for upcoming climate changes and preserving habitats for animal and plant species. For this reason, we want to improve the quality of life on our sites by gradually increasing the greenery. The established bee colonies and other animal and plant species will also benefit from this, as they can use the flowering meadows as a natural habitat and food supply. For the biodiversity-promoting design, we are aiming for a Biotope Area Factor (BFF) of 0.4. In addition, we want to limit the equivalent temperature - the so-called perceived temperature - to below 35°C. 

Circular & Sharing Economy

#VisionCircularEconomy
Promote the circularity of the Bildungscampus to minimize resource consumption.

Using resources sparingly and intelligently

At the Bildungscampus, we are advancing various measures in the context of circularity. It is important for us to reduce resource consumption overall and to rely on renewable raw materials. To achieve this, we will be using the Cradle-to-Cradle principle for the design and planning of new buildings. This approach pursues a fully circular economy, where raw materials are reused rather than newly added. 
Increasing our recycling rate and thus reducing the amount of residual waste are also essential goals for us. 
Our natural resources should be reused wherever possible, including water. In the future, we want to store rainwater and use it to irrigate our green spaces - and thus reduce our drinking water consumption by a quarter. Currently, this is done using drinking water, which supplies the flowering meadows with the necessary water quantities through drip irrigation.

Mobility

#VisionGreenMobility
Promoting sustainable and innovative mobility solutions.

Sustainable mobility for a good climate

We want to ensure health-promoting and climate-friendly mobility on and to the Bildungscampus. For students, the bicycle is and remains one of the most popular means of transport, including for routes through the adjacent city center. Promoting cycling infrastructure is therefore a logical step. For us, this includes several sharing offers for bicycles and e-scooters, sufficient bicycle parking spaces and up to six bicycle service points for repairs. 
We also want to make a significant contribution to automotive e-mobility. By 2026, 15% of our public parking spaces on the Bildungscampus will therefore be gradually equipped with e-charging stations. This is also an important step for car sharing offers. With the help of systematic monitoring, we want to systematically record mobility-related emissions from 2028 and thereby check the success of the measures and adjust them if necessary. 

People

#VisionBeingHuman
Supporting people on their educational path in the best possible way.

Focusing on the community

In the future, we will place even more emphasis on a vibrant and welcoming campus to strengthen the values of social justice, equality, diversity and health. 
The Bildungscampus should become a barrier-free place where learning and getting together is possible for everyone. The outdoor areas in particular will be designed in such a way that they achieve at least a score of 0.9 on the DGNB's “Barrier-free design” index. 

To promote the health of people living on the Bildungscampus, the health network organizes regular workshops, events and medical check-ups. 
We also want to report on this topic on campus and will therefore be publishing regular articles on our Bildungscampus channels on sustainability-related topics from 2024. We are convinced that each and every individual can make a contribution to sustainability and that real change is only possible through collaboration.

Our projects

We are currently focusing on various projects that contribute to the respective fields of action. Some are research projects involving the resident institutions. Others are carried out independently and contribute to improving the site operations on the Bildungscampus.

  • Installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems

    The photovoltaic systems are installed to generate renewable energy for electricity and heat demand. They will be installed on the roofs of the buildings on Bildungscampus Ost, Mitte and Nord.

  • Expansion of the e-charging stations

    To strengthen automotive e-mobility, the public parking garages on the Bildungscampus will be equipped with e-charging stations. In the future, up to 15% of the total parking spaces will have an e-charging station.

  • Installation of drip irrigation

    A drip irrigation system was installed to irrigate our flowering meadows, which controls the water requirement using sensors. The research project is accompanied by the Fraunhofer IAO to find out how much drinking water consumption can be reduced through drip irrigation.

  • KEFF+ Check

    Together with the Regional Competence Center “Resource Efficiency”, we systematically review our energy consumption values as part of the KEFF+ check. The goal is to identify key consumers and initiate efficiency measures if necessary.

  • Introduction of “TooGoodToGo” at the CampusStores

    Due to the high level of food waste and disposal, we are introducing the "TooGoodToGo" food rescue service on the Bildungscampus, more precisely in the CampusStores. Packaged food that is close to its best-before date can be purchased at a lower price.

More about sustainability and the Bildungscampus

Sustainability Strategy 2030

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Find out more about our living lab projects in the section "The future in the making"

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