RegioRad

stuvus has brought some RegioRadStuttgart stations to campus, supporting bicycle mobility and making your everyday life easier! The opening of the first RegioRad stations took place on 02.09.2020.

What is RegioRadStuttgart?

RegioRadStuttgart rents out bicycles, pedelecs and cargo bikes in the Stuttgart region. By registering to RegioRadStuttgart, Deutsche Bahn also allows you to rent bicycles throughout Germany via the Call a Bike service. More good reasons are summarized here (unfortunately only in German).

How can I ride it (almost) for free?

With polygoCard, the first 30 minutes of each ride are free and for pedelecs the first 15 minutes.

  1. If you already have a polygoCard, you can register for RegioRad for three euros per year (including 3 euros of credit for the first year).
  2. If you don't have a polygoCard yet, you can order one for free without a VVS subscription/VVS ticket.

For journeys longer than half an hour and for other ticket options, you can find the prices here.

Where can I find the bikes?

There are several stations both at the campus in Vaihingen and in the city center. You can find the exact locations and the number of available bikes on the RegioRad website or in the app (Android / iOS).

Overview of the stations at the Vaihingen campus
The stuvus "communal wheel" (press release, German only)

How do I rent a bike?

The easiest way is via the app RegioRadStuttgart, because then you don't have to take the polygoCard with you. After registering with RegioRad, you can select an available bike in the app, tap on its display (or instead of renting it via the app, now hold the polygoCard to it), press the red lock button on the lock and pull out the station latch - have a good ride!

How much and why does stuvus pay for the RegioRad stations?

We, as your student representation, decided in the summer semester of 2019 to bring RegioRad stations to the Vaihingen campus and closer to the Stadtmitte campus. The decision for this was made unanimously by the student parliament on 19.07.2019. With the rental bikes, the sometimes long distances on campus can be covered more quickly. The bikes can also be used to get to or away from campus - for example, to Vaihingen or down to the Stuttgart city.

According to the contract with Deutsche Bahn Connect GmbH, the costs for the bike rental stations can be up to 23,000 € gross per year and will be covered by your student fees.

The concrete costs for stuvus so far are significantly lower, since not all originally planned stations have been built yet and we have received more subsidies. The extension of the contract will be decided in the student parliament at the beginning of the winter semester 2021/22.

Sustainability and reflection in teaching

What use are the best innovations if they turn out to be ideas that harm our society in the long term and destroy our livelihoods?

From this question it becomes obvious that it is essential to deal with one's own responsibility and the responsibility of one's own discipline. The ability to reflect critically is the core of sustainable thinking and acting and should be accordingly integrated into teaching.

„The University of Stuttgart implements innovative concepts in research and teaching in order to provide knowledge and strategies for a meaningful and sustainable development."[1]

Mission statement University of Stuttgart

We in the student council are also thinking about how sustainability and reflection can be better integrated into teaching at the University of Stuttgart. Since the beginning of 2020, there has been a working group within the Department for Sustainability, which deals with this and would like to encourage the integration of appropriate subject-related courses in as many degree programs as possible. In this, the importance of action for a fair and sustainable society is to be considered and discussed. Here, sustainability is not limited to the ecological aspect, but includes all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The educational concept "Education for Sustainable Development", for example, shows how this can be possible.

Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) enables people to think and act in a sustainable way, i.e. to understand the impact of their own actions on the local environment and on people in other parts of the world, to be able to imagine the impact on future generations, and to make responsible decisions as a result. ESD is also about empowering people to become "change agents" who are committed to transforming societies to be socially just and ecologically inclusive. ESD is not primarily an additional learning content, but manifests itself primarily in changed methods of knowledge and competence transfer.

The competencies to be taught through Education for Sustainable Development include the following[2]:

  • Thinking and acting with foresight
  • Interdisciplinary work
  • Adopting other perspectives
  • Dealing with difficult decisions
  • Questioning one's own ideas and ways of thinking

You can find more information about Education for Sustainable Development, for example, on the German website meine-bne.de.

Our motivation

In an interconnected, globalized world, it is necessary to be sustainably educated in order to deal with the complexity of interdisciplinary problems and to solve them in harmony with our environment. We believe that a university that provides knowledge and skills to change society must also provide competencies to deal with them in a sustainable way.

These competencies enable students to live up to their social responsibility and to navigate well in an increasingly complex world.

The University of Stuttgart has the chance to become a pioneer in sustainable education in Germany with the university-wide implementation.

You agree with us and want to get involved? We are looking forward to your message:
reflexion@stuvus.uni-stuttgart.de

For more information on the topic, our working group, and the current status, check out the stuvus wiki (German only).


Sources:

[1] University of Stuttgart: Mission statement. https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/universitaet/profil/dokumente/university_profile_mission_statement_leitbild_EN.pdf, called on 17.06.2021
[2] Sukuma arts e.V., meine-bne.de, called on 17.06.2021

Sustainability Activities at the University of Stuttgart

At the University of Stuttgart there are many activities, both by students and employees, that are working towards a more sustainable university. Since it is not always easy to keep track of them, we will briefly present a few of these activities on this page.

Sustainability Weeks

For several years now, sustainability days have been organized in the summer with a variety of events to put sustainability at the center of university life. In the meantime, the sustainability days have developed into joint sustainability weeks at universities in Baden-Württemberg, from which more and more student initiatives from other federal states are also drawing inspiration.

The Sustainability Weeks @ Universities BaWü are organized by numerous student groups, including the Student Council of the University of Stuttgart (stuvus).

Further information: https://hochschule-n-bw.de/en/

Freshers' academy on sustainability

The First Semester Academy " zukunftsfähig" ("fit for the future") is an offer to all first-year students to deal with sustainability already at the beginning of their studies. For the first time, this took place in parallel at 5 universities in Baden-Württemberg, including the University of Stuttgart, at the end of October 2020.

Further information (German only): https://www.ersti-akademie-bw.de/

CampUS hoch i

The Vaihingen university campus shall become climate-neutral! The real laboratory "CampUS hoch i" wants to find intelligent ways to achieve this.

As of the end of 2020, the project is in the final application phase within the framework of the MWK competition "Reallabor Klima". Assuming the project is accepted, it will be possible to take important steps towards climate neutrality in the next few years.

stuvus as well as several university groups have pledged their support (→letter of support from stuvus (German only) | →letter of support from several university groups (German only)).

Further information (German only): https://www.ier.uni-stuttgart.de/forschung/campushochi/

MobiLab: Mobility Living Lab

The University of Stuttgart is focusing on an emission-free campus as a research and innovation lab. The university aims to become climate-neutral by 2035.

With MobiLab, the University of Stuttgart is pursuing the following goals:

  • Climate-neutral mobility at the University of Stuttgart (by 2035).
  • Pioneer for low-emission mobility in practice and research.
  • Attractive Campus Vaihingen with high quality of stay.
  • Further development of the Vaihingen campus.

Further information (German only): https://www.uni-stuttgart.de/en/research/projects/diversity/mobilab/

Erasmus+ goes Green

In the course of the European Green Deal, the European Commission has placed the orientation of the Erasmus+ program for the years 2021-2027 under the motto "Erasmus goes Green". During this period, Erasmus+ will focus more on the issue of sustainability. There are several approaches to make Erasmus exchanges more sustainable:

  • Determine carbon footprint
  • Promote greater awareness of climate and environment
  • Support projects that address sustainability issues

Further Information (German only): https://eu.daad.de/programme-und-hochschulpolitik/erasmus-ab-2021/erasmusplus-green/de/

Sustainability Recommendations for Everyday Life

In June 2020, the Leitfaden für Nachhaltigkeit bei stuvus (guideline for sustainability at stuvus) was introduced. This guideline is supposed to give information on how to consider sustainability criteria at purchases, on journeys, conferences, etc., in order to create consciousness for sustainability also among stuvus, student groups and students.

In order to make it easier for everyone to meet these sustainability criteria, this website is supposed to list recommendations on how to purchase products or for instance organize conferences under ecologically and socially sustainable aspects.

CO2-eq-Calculator

An important step towards a more sustainable lifestyle is to become aware of one's own ecological footprint. This includes, in particular, the personal impact on climate change. In Germany, a person is responsible for an average of 11.6 tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions) per year. However, only about 1 ton of CO2-eq is compatible for our ecosystem Earth.
You can calculate how much CO2-eq you are currently emitting with the CO2-eq calculator of the German Federal Environment Agency and thus also determine the potential for reduction:
https://uba.co2-rechner.de/en_GB/

Online Shopping

The Corona-Crisis has hit the retail sector very hard. Due to the lockdowns, fewer and fewer people are going into the city centers and small stores are losing their clientele. People are now increasingly shopping online. The first choice is usually Amazon. But many small stores in Germany have also opened an online store and it is possible to order from your couch.

Buying online from stores here out of the region guarantees that they will survive despite the Corona-Crisis. It's much more sustainable to choose a local retailer's online store than to simply order your products from a corporation like Amazon.

So, before you go shopping for books or tech gadgets on Amazon, check to see if they're available at a local retailer.

The following Links will take you to websites where you can search local stores and order directly online.

Consumables

Everyday university life can also be made more sustainable at the desk. Buying products made from recycled materials is particularly recommended for consumables such as printer paper and writing pads. Recycled paper comes in different levels of whiteness, with lighter paper requiring more energy to produce and being more expensive. Recycled paper is certified, for example, by the Blauer Engel environmental seal or the FSC Recycled seal.

The production of printer cartridges involves a large consumption of petroleum and the ingredients require costly disposal. It is therefore important not to dispose of printer cartridges in the residual waste, but to return them to specialist retailers or electronics stores for recycling. Therefore, it makes sense to also buy recycled ink cartridges, which are offered by some online stores. Ecological printer ink, which is based on plants, does not yet exist for private printing needs, but is already used by large printers, such as dieUmweltDruckereiUmweltdruckerei lokayprintzipia or die grasdruckerei (unpaid advertising).

More sustainable alternatives can also be used for smaller consumables, such as pens, highlighters, etc. Conventional products are often short-lived and contain harmful substances. The FSC seal distinguishes sustainably produced wood in pencils. Erasers should be made of natural rubber and labeled "PVC-free." Alternative highlighters can be soft, dry highlighters made of wood or can be refillable.

Sustainable Nutrition

Every day, we eat several meals. Unfortunately, we rarely make a conscious decision about the sustainability of certain foods. However, a sustainable diet can make a big difference: For the environment and also for ourselves.

Green Canteen, a working group of stuvus, has therefore set itself the vision of making students' diets more sustainable, animal-friendly and healthy. With now more than a dozen different flyers, Green Canteen informs about sustainable nutrition as well as other important sustainability aspects.

Four aspects in particular belong to a sustainable diet:

  1. Reduction of animal products
  2. Seasonal food
  3. Regional food
  4. Products from organic farming

For more information on the first aspect of reducing animal products, see the Green Canteen flyers and websites. To get an overview of seasonal vegetables and fruits, you can have a look at the season calendars of Green Canteen. The best place to get regional vegetables and fruits is at the weekly market next door (there are about 30 weekly markets in Stuttgart). Products from organic farming are usually more expensive than products from conventional farming, but you should not forget that the indirect costs of conventional products are much higher. This refers primarily to the ecological follow-up costs that arise, for example, due to higher pesticide use, the use of mineral nitrogen fertilizers or higher greenhouse gas emissions (see, for example, publications by the University of Augsburg).

Regionality & Seasonality

For regional and seasonal products, the climate and environmental impacts are smaller than for imported and non-regional or non-seasonal products due to the shorter transport distances, shorter storage times, and the avoidance of energy-intensive greenhouses. A better climate footprint when buying regionally applies not only to food, but also to consumer goods, clothing, furniture, and so on.

The following examples are supposed to show you how to purchase regional products in Stuttgart:

Most of the time, regional products like fruits and vegetables are marked by signs like "aus der Region". It is important to mention that "regionality" is not a protected term and therefore needs a critical view. In many cases, it helps to take a look at the state of origin, but this, of course, only gives information about the state, not the region. However there are different markets or grocery stores in Stuttgart that focus on regional products:

  • Regional markets in different parts of Stuttgart, e.g. https://www.stuttgarter-wochenmaerkte.de
  • Unpacked markets, e.g. Ohne Plapla in Stuttgart-Mitte & Ludwigsburg, Schüttgut in Stuttgart-West, Tante M. in Sillenbuch, Ganz Ohne in Herrenberg
  • There are organic stores all over Stuttgart, that also focus on regionality.

A major part of the production of clothes have been outsourced to countries far away from Germany and Europe. The fact that clothing manufacturing mostly goes along with inadequate working conditions and extensive environmental impacts becomes even for us consumers more obvious. Therefore, it is worth it to check out local fashion labels and stores, where clothes are produced socially and ecologically fair and manufacturing processes as well as working conditions are transparent. In Stuttgart, there are also a few stores, that consider sustainability:

  • Greenality - Fürstenstraße 5
  • Schlechtmensch - Neckarstraße 86
  • Wiederbelebt - Esslinger Straße 14
  • Glore - Eberhardstraße 10
  • Die rote Zora - Seenefelder Straße 101
  • Loyale. Fair Concept Store - Sophienstraße 21
  • More labels: Ray the Collection, Anomos, Kipepeo, Eyd, Lovjoj (Labels Eyd & Lovjoj in Glore or Greenality in Stuttgart)

Buying used clothes is even more ressource-friendly. A few second-hand stores are located in Tübinger Straße, but there are also other stores spread across Stuttgart. There are also a few flea markets that are worth a visit. A few examples are as follows:

  • Future Fashion Store x Secontique - Sophienstraße 21, Stuttgart
  • Frida West - Marienstraße 42
  • Vintage Markt - Tübinger Str. 74
  • Second Dreams Stuttgart - Tübinger Str. 70
  • Stana Second Hand Boutique - Böblinger Straße 115
  • Second-Hand Boutique - Neckarstraße 164
  • PragA - Second Hand Boutique - Friedhofstraße 57
  • Wühli - Robert Bosch Straße 1, Schorndorf
  • Rosenrot - Vogelsangstraße 16b
  • Flohmarkt Karlsplatz (Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

There are also dress exchanges and dress exchange parties organized on a few Facebook pages like Freeguide Stuttgart, Fairtauscht, Kampagne für Saubere Kleidung - Stuttgart and Future Fashion - Community.

When it comes to the purchase of furniture, long transport distances and furniture with a short lifespan from cheap furniture stores should be avoided as well. There are already a few furniture stores that are aiming an ecologically and socially compatible production of furniture. One of these is e.g. the "Grüne Erde Store" that is also located in Stuttgart. Of course, even more resource-efficient is to use furniture that is already there anyway. In Stuttgart and surroundings, you can purchase used furniture for a good price or even get it free-of-charge e.g. on Ebay-Kleinanzeigen, Freeguide Stuttgart, on flea markets, etc.

Local stores, construction markets, electronics shops, etc. should generally be preferred over online retailers. Most of the time, it isn't even necessary to own all everyday objects yourself anyway. A different option can be a sharing-economy (sharing, exchanging & lending). There are also various options here at the University of Stuttgart:

  • Printers: At the university there are printers available for all students. In addition, student groups can print free of charge in the Central Student Council Office (ZFB) on the campus Stadtmitte or at the House of Students (HdS) on the campus Vaihingen.
  • Tools: For example, the bicycle workshop at "Nili" (campus Vaihingen) facilitates any bicycle repairs free of charge by lending tools and allowing spare parts to be purchased at cost price.

Podcasts

If you want to learn more about sustainability topics and don't always want to read through articles, these podcasts are the perfect way to learn about sustainability while doing the dishes or cleaning up. The podcasts are in German, the perfect way to improve your German 😉

Apps for Sustainability

There is a wide range of apps available for Android or iOS that can help you make your everyday life more sustainable.
The following selection of apps are all available for free for Android or iOS.

As already mentioned, it is crucial for everyone to emit as little CO2 as possible. With the help of the app "Climate Compass" we can determine with which activities we emit CO2. You can enter your eating habits, type of heating, whether you drive a car or use public transport, and much more. Depending on the value, the climate compass then tells us how harmful our behavior is for the environment and where we can start. The Climate Compass then presents us with measures to reduce our CO2 emissions.

Download for iOS or Android

Ecosia is a sustainable search engine alternative to Google. Most of the money generated by advertising is reinvested in the environment. With the help of your search queries, trees are planted in Burkina Faso with "Greening the Desert".

Download for iOS or Android

The Codecheck app helps to assess the impact of everyday consumer goods on the environment. With the help of the barcode or a manual search function for the respective product, it is possible to check whether environmentally harmful substances such as microplastics or palm oil are contained in the product. The app also shows suitable alternatives that can be purchased instead.

Download for iOS or Android

Shpock is a digital flea market where you can buy or sell mostly used things. In addition to the positive factor that used goods are reused, the app primarily shows offers from the surrounding area. Instead of long shipping routes, you can pick up your purchase on foot or by bike.

Download for iOS or Android

With the help of this app, food and meals can be saved from the garbage can. Participating stores offer their goods at a lower price in the app, and the user can reserve the offer and pick it up at specified times. Too Good To Go displays offers from the surrounding area on a map and offers everything from sandwiches to shopping baskets with a wide variety of goods.

Download for iOS or Android

Sustainability

What is sustainability?

There is no clear definition of "sustainability". In the past, various approaches were developed in order to describe sustainability. The Brundtland report, published in 1987, defines a sustainable development as follows:

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

In general, sustainability comprises three dimensions: ecology, economy and society. Besides the economical point of view, ecological aspects should be considered as well during decision making as well as in legislation. This is necessary in order to keep human acting within the so-called planetary boundaries and in order to secure a sustainable development. Additionally, a social equality between following generations as well as within every generation should be created, particularly in respect of the poorer people in the global community. This idea also forms the basis of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, goals for sustainable development of the United Nations), which were adopted in 2015 for 15 years and summarized in the Agenda 2030.

In the following, we will focus primarily on the ecological dimension of sustainability, as this is where we believe there is the greatest need for action.

Why is Sustainability Important For Us - the Student Council of the University of Stuttgart?

Universities have a special role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The German Rectors' Conference formulates it in its recommendation letter "Für eine Kultur der Nachhaltigkeit" (engl. "For a Culture of Sustainability" as follows (own translation):

Universities are the laboratories of society's future. By combining research and teaching, they can help future generations master complex challenges in a globalized world (Grand Challenges). They take on the task of sensitizing all university members to sustainable development and engaging them to contribute to shaping a sustainable society.

The University of Stuttgart has set itself a new strategic goal as part of its structural and development plan (SEPUS 2021-2025), which is also aligned with the SDGs (quote from the preliminary draft of the SEPUS, own translation):

Active for Sustainable Development
The University of Stuttgart aims for sustainable development in research and teaching as well as in all university operations and in cooperation with its partners. In its orientation, it is guided by the major challenges of our time and, in exchange with society, develops innovative contributions that also take into account the conditions and needs of future generations.

We - the student representation of the University of Stuttgart - also would like to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals within the scope of our possibilities and our rights. We see the climate crisis as one of the greatest challenges and will therefore take climate protection into account in our decisions in an appropriate manner. We have summarized our assessments, demands and goals regarding the climate crisis in a separate position paper (German only):

According to § 65 III LHG (State University Act), one of our tasks is to "also take a position on such issues that deal with the social mission of the university, its contribution to sustainable development, as well as the application of scientific knowledge and the assessment of its consequences for society and nature" (own translation). Accordingly, we would like to use our channels such as this website to inform about sustainability and the current projects and activities at the university and within the student body.

Sustainability at Universities

As a cross-cutting issue, sustainability at universities is not limited to research and teaching. In line with the wide-ranging sustainability goals of the UN, a whole-institution approach to sustainability is appropriate for higher education institutions (cf. UNESCO, 2014, p. 30). Such a whole-institution approach considers the substantive relevance of sustainability as a development goal at all institutional levels: Here, in addition to teaching and research, governance, operations and transfer should be mentioned as interlocking and partly overlapping fields of action.

In the following definitions, we refer to the HOCHN guidelines (German only). HOCHN was a joint project funded by the BMBF to promote sustainable development in the sense of the Sustainable Development Goals at German universities and universities of applied sciences.

Research:
Through targeted research, universities can generate insights into global humanitarian development in the direction of sustainability. In this way, they play a key role in the transformation to a sustainable society.

More information: HOCHN guideline about Research (German only)

Teaching:
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) enables people to think and act in a sustainable way, i.e. to understand the impact of their own actions on the local environment and on people in other parts of the world, to be able to imagine the impact on future generations, and to make responsible decisions based on this. ESD is also about empowerment as a change agent in the transformation to more socially equitable and ecologically inclusive societies. ESD is not primarily an additional learning content, but shows itself particularly in changed methods of knowledge and competence transfer.
More information: HOCHN guideline about Teaching (German only)

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Operations:
Universities - just like schools, public authorities, companies and other institutions - are organizations whose day-to-day operations have direct and indirect impacts in ecological, economic and social terms. Sustainable university operations are not always a given and sometimes conflict with legal requirements (e.g. "freedom of research" if research fields are very energy-intensive).
More information: HOCHN guideline about Operations (German only)

Governance:
Advancing sustainable development at universities is a complex issue that requires good coordination between the actors and authoritative decisions. The task of coordinating these processes in an orderly manner is referred to as "governance".
More information: HOCHN guideline about Governance (German only)

Transfer:
Transfer is understood as the mutual and cooperative exchange of knowledge, ideas, services, technologies and experiences between universities and external actors from business, politics, the public sector, culture and civil society at eye level. When it comes to transfer of higher education institutions for sustainable development - in short: sustainability transfer - an explicit positioning of the activities and actors for sustainability is required. The goal of sustainability transfer is to contribute to sustainable development in society.
More information: HOCHN guideline about Transfer (German only)

Structures on Sustainability at the University of Stuttgart

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In recent years, many different groups and structures have formed around the area of sustainability at the University of Stuttgart. Especially on the student side, there are many university groups that deal with the topic in different ways. We have listed them below in the section "University Groups". Within stuvus, there is the department for sustainability, which takes on a coordinating and networking role and, in particular, initiates larger and cross-group projects. Sustainability is also becoming increasingly important as a cross-cutting issue in the other departments, the working groups, and the subject groups ("Fachgruppen").

On the university side, there is the energy management, which tries to make the university more sustainable through energy optimizations and renovations. In teaching, there are also several courses that deal with sustainability and the socio-ecological challenges. The Studierendenwerk is trying to recycle waste and emit fewer emissions through sustainable waste management in the residence halls and more sustainable catering in the dining halls. Many institutes are conducting research on sustainability and renewable energy. Wind power, photovoltaics, mobility, spatial planning, wastewater and waste management, insulation, sustainable materials and much more are the topics being researched at the University of Stuttgart. Especially the ZIRIUS as a center for interdisciplinary risk and innovation research for sustainable societies, the HLRS which is EMAS certified as well as the IZKT as a forum for and inter- and transdisciplinary exchange are to be mentioned here.
At the University of Stuttgart there is also a mobility management, which currently coordinates the Mobility Living Lab (MobiLab). The goal is an emission-free campus as a research and innovation lab, as a pioneer for low-emission mobility with a high quality of stay. It also leads the "Stuttgart fährt mit" initiative.
Since 2020, the Round-Table Climate ("Runder Tisch Klima") has existed as an advisory body consisting of parties from all areas such as initiatives, interested students and employees.
Through student initiative, a working group consisting of students and employees of the university was formed, which developed the largest structural anchoring of sustainability at the University of Stuttgart to date, the Green Office. It consists of two sustainability managers, a mobility manager, an energy manager, student employees and the commitment of numerous people who want to work together with the Green Office for a more sustainable university. The official kick-off of the Green Office took place on June 24, 2021.

Department for Sustainability

The stuvus department for sustainability plays a central role in student sustainability engagement at the University of Stuttgart. The projects, the team and further information about the department are listed on the department page:
Department for Sustainability

Working Groups

There are a number of working groups within stuvus that belong directly to the Sustainability Department or have a sustainability connection. By clicking on a name, further information on the respective working group is displayed.

Green Canteen has the vision to make everyone's diet more sustainable, animal-friendly and healthy. With the self-created flyers and the Instagram channel, Green Canteen provides information and has already been able to reach many students and sensitize them to the topic. The working group is in regular exchange with the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart and has thus been able to achieve some improvements in the university canteens and cafeterias. These include, in particular, the introduction of a plant-based milk alternative at the coffee machines and a daily vegan main course.

The MitMachGarten has been a part of university life for over 5 years now and for many it is difficult to imagine the campus without it. Between a parking lot, residential buildings and institutes, strawberries and salads grow in raised beds, tomatoes at the "Monte Pomodoro", potatoes in rice bags, herbs and shrubs, and a huge variety of other delicacies. The garden is open to everyone, so that everyone is invited to harvest anything and everything at any time, to grow and share something themselves. In the midst of the grey daily routine of learning, a space for sustainability, creativity and alternative ideas is supposed to be created. And the committed people, whether students, residents or employees, have always been the heart of the MitMachGarten - so the name simply couldn't be more fitting.

Regular garden meetings invite you to actively discuss about gardening, studies or life in general. And there is no shortage of opportunities for craftsmanship. There is always something to repair, to design, to garden, to change, to build from scratch and enough space and material to let off some steam. Fresh air, sun and delicious fruit/vegetables included! The garden is also used for smaller, cosy parties or workshops. Every year, for instance, a summer party takes place in the garden and quite a few common construction evenings end with music and cold drinks.

The working group "Campus Bienen" is looking after and caring for three colonies of honey bees in our own small beehut on the Vaihingen Campus. As industrious as the bees are, as much we have to care for and manage them.

The season begins in spring as soon as our little ones come out of hibernation and ends in autumn with their winter preparations. Highlights of the year are the swarming season in early summer, the period in which the beehives multiply, and of course the honey harvest, where everyone is rewarded for their efforts. In the lazy winter months we prepare and train ourselves for the next season. The cold months are also the perfect time to brew some honey mead.

We all started as amateurs, but have a few professionals from the trade with us. We teach each other and through practice the art of beekeeping. There is a lot to learn!

If you are also interested in, or maybethinking about getting a colony yourself, or just want to get away from your screen and go out into nature, then you are in the right place. We always approach all tasks as a group, so everyone has the opportunity to do and learn everything.

Since the summer semester 2018, stuvus has its own bicycle repair shop, which is supervised by the AK Fahrradwerkstatt. The idea behind the stuvus bicycle shop is to give students of the university the opportunity to carry out minor repairs on their bicycles on site by providing tools. There is always someone from the AK Fahrradwerkstatt on site, who takes care of the repair, gives tips, hands out tools and sells spare parts. Spare parts are sold to the students at cost price, the use of the tools costs nothing.

The AK International Green Group is strongly involved in the dormitories on the Vaihingen campus in order to establish a functioning waste separation in the dormitories. The AK is part of the Department for the Studierendenwerk.

Student University Groups

Here some university groups are listed, which can be assigned to the (ecological) sustainability area. By clicking on a name, further information on the respective group is displayed. Currently, only German-language university groups exist in the field of sustainability. However, since 2020 there is an international working group "International Green Group" within stuvus, which takes care of waste separation in the dormitories.

Campus for Future ist ein hochschulübergreifendes Bündnis aus Hochschulgruppen und Einzelpersonen, die sich für Klimaschutz auf den Campi einsetzen möchten. Als Hochschulgruppe "Campus for Future an der Universität Stuttgart" ist sie an der Uni Stuttgart anerkannt.

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Crossing Borders setzt sich für die Verbreitung von Wissen um Erneuerbare Energien ein.

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Greening versteht sich als Ideenwerkstatt und veranstaltet z.B. Tauschpartys, Upcycling-Workshops, Brotbackworkshops uvm.

Die Grüne Hochschulgruppe legt ihren Schwerpunkt auf Hochschulpolitik und ist als Teil der "Nachhaltig & Sozialen Liste" im Studierendenparlament präsent.

Infinity veranstaltet Vorträge und Workshops und versucht durch kleine Veränderungen Nachhaltigkeit in den Alltag zu integrieren.

reason[Ing.] ist eine studentische Diskursgruppe, die sich mit Themen an der Schnittmenge von Ethik und Ingenieurwissenschaften beschäftigt.

Die Umweltgewerkschaft Hochschulgruppe führt Umweltschutz- und Aufklärungsaktionen durch.

Mailing list "Sustainable on Campus"

Here you can subscribe to the mailing list "Nachhaltig am Campus" (in German) to be informed about sustainability topics by the different initiatives and persons at the University of Stuttgart.

Knowledge Management

In the student environment, there are naturally often personnel changes. Knowledge management is therefore very important, but not exactly easy. In a public wiki, where everyone has read and write access, we would like to try to collect as much information as possible to make it easier to get started with sustainability engagement at the University of Stuttgart:
https://wiki.stuvus.uni-stuttgart.de/display/NV/Nachhaltigkeitsengagement+an+der+Uni+Stuttgart

On our activities page you will find an overview of sustainable projects that are taking place at our university.
If you want to learn more on how to make your own everyday life more sustainable, you can have a look at our recommendations page.