Governance and Networking
Sustainability should be firmly integrated in the everyday culture of the university. Especially the linking of diverse regional and transregional actors and the creation of participation opportunities is very important.
Selected institutions, working groups and networks:
Senate Commission for Climate Protection and Sustainability (KfKN)
The Senate Commission for Climate Protection and Sustainability initiates, accompanies and evaluates university measures for climate protection, discusses and evaluates strategic plans and developments according to their climate and environmental compatibility and advises the university in cooperation with non-university actors with regard to the goals of climate protection and ecological and sustainable management.
The Green Office is the central office for sustainability at the University of Göttingen. It coordinates and pools all activities and knowledge in the field of sustainability at the university. Furthermore, it coordinates the development and implementation of appropriate measures. The Green Office also supports the cross-linking of all members of the university’s community and the Göttingen Campus on the issue of sustainable development.
Student groups and initiatives
AStA Department of Ecology and Sustainability
The AStA Department of Ecology and Sustainability deals with issues like environmental protection and climate action.
It is open to all students and encourages everyone who is interested to participate. Once a month, an open plenary session is held.
Safety/Environmental Protection provides services for both the Faculty of Medicine/University Hospital and for the Presidential Board of the University. It deals with questions of employee safety, environmental protection, radiation safety, gene technology, dangerous substances, transportation of dangerous substances and their disposal as well as the running of the central warehouse.
Equal Opportunities and Diversity
The University of Göttingen has the objective of facilitating all its employees equal opportunities and protection against discrimination. Information about the equal opportunities and diversity policy of the University of Göttingen can be found on the website of the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Unit.
The Hochschulsport Göttingen is committed to the topic of sustainability both in its operations and in public communication.
BLAB – Life science school laboratory
The BLAB awakens pupils' enthusiasm for issues in biodiversity research. Topics such as soil as the basis of human life, the evaluation of urban green spaces, the development of streams, climate change, or agroecological diversity can be used to vividly convey biodiversity. In line with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), biological, economic, but also political and cultural connections are made comprehensible. As a teaching-learning laboratory, the BLAB is integrated into the university's teacher training programme.
WISCh – Wöhler Research Institute for Sustainable Chemistry
The Wöhler Research Institute was founded in 2019 and is dedicated towards the development of sustainable methods for organic synthesis.
Working Group ‘Sustainability’
The working group on sustainability is a thinktank consisting of engaged employees in administration, research and education as well as student representatives. The wide positioning and the inclusion of experts make an intensive exchange of experiences possible. Furthermore, the development of new and innovative solution approaches is supported. The recommendations and findings of the working group are presented to the university management on a regular basis.
Climate Advisory Council
Representatives of the University of Göttingen are part of the Climate Advisory Council of the City of Göttingen. The council issues recommendations on climate protection activities and supports the realisation of the “Masterplan 100% Klimaschutz”. The council holds meetings that are open to the general public, multiple times per year.
The Green Office supports the implementation of climate-friendly mobility concepts within the framework of the European University ENLIGHT. In joint structures and through innovative teaching opportunities, the nine ENLIGHT universities will empower students with the right knowledge and skills to become engaged citizens and professionals and respond to the major, complex societal challenges of the 21st century.
The project “Sustainability at Universities: develop – connect – report (HOCHN) researches the contribution that universities can make towards sustainable development. Furthermore, it built a programme-based countrywide university network.
Netzwerk n e. V. is committed to foster change at universities in accordance with sustainable development in all areas of university activity (operations, teaching, research, governance) and thus works on creating an overall institutional transformation of universities.
To this end, they bring together students, but also doctoral students and other university players.
RENN - Regionale Netzstellen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien
RENN support actors from civil society, politics and admistration seeking to contribute to Sustainable Development in Germany. To this end, they strengthen and connect initiatives and competences on a local, regional and national scale.
DG HochN - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltigkeit an Hochschulen e.V.
The DG HochN aims to support the implementation of the UNESCO program "Education for Sustainable Development for 2030" in the German higher education system.
To this end, it offers hubs, primarily virtual contact and energy locations where people can meet in a self-organized way to advance individual sustainability issues.
Contact - Green Office
Do you have questions or suggestions about sustainability in research?
Or in your studies?
Do you have any ideas about sustainability in your studies?
For these and general questions, suggestions contact us!
Sustainability CoordinatorMarco Lange, Coordinator of the Green Office
Phone: 0551 39-21356
StaffAnuschka Linner, Student of International Economics
Katja Stieger, Student of Physics