Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

The followings aims are formulated for the period 2012 ? 2015:StudyEngagement of studentsResearchTrainingEnergy ManagementAcquisitionMobilityEcologisation of the environmentLitter and recycling

Implementation methodologies

The Education for sustainable development has a long tradition at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd. Already in the nineties oft the last century, some colleagues have developed theoretical concepts for environmental education and tested practically at the university.Since 2000 the education for sustainable development is a central issue in many departments. In particular, the department of biology develops and evaluates pedagogical approaches for this purpose. An example is the project ?Worldrangers? by Professor Dr. Hans-Martin Haase.In 2011, the senate of the university founded a committee. This group is supposed to intensify and strengthen the profile of sustainability, which is laid down in the actual programme of the university.The followings aims are formulated for the period 2012 – 2015:Study• Lectures concerning sustainability are contained in many courses of studies.Engagement of students• Student groups and engagement of students related to sustainability are being supported by the university.Research• Research projects with respect to sustainability are being supported by the university.Training• There will be training for all members of the university by means of lectures, workshops, flyers, signs etc.Energy Management• Energy reduction is realised in the university in multiple ways.• The University obtains electricity from regenerative sources.• Open roof areas are used for installation of photovoltaic systems and solar collectors.Acquisition• The ecological certification of products is a most important criterion for acquisition.• Fair trade is also important.Mobility• The car pool of the university is reduced to a minimum.• Measures for reducing the individual traffic (student tickets, ride sharing, etc.) are supported by the university.• Covered parking areas for bicycles and e-bikes are available.Ecologisation of the environment• The university has an ecological valuable open air ground and field. This area will be used for planting domestic trees and bushes, for helping nesting, for replacing poor grasses into flower meadows and for supporting natural cycles by composting.Litter and recycling• The university has developed a logistical concept for litter and recycling which is arranged with the local waste disposal contractor.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


University of Education PH Schwaebisch Gmuend-PH SG
Faculty Projects, such as Worldrangers by Professor Dr. Hans-Martin Haase
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 4
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany
Date of completion: 2015
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Astrid Beckmann,

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