‘Sustainability and Global Justice’

Bachelors & Masters

2014-15 Humboldt’s Footprint

For the second time, 16 Bachelor and Master Students of the Departments of European Ethnology, Philosophy, Geography, Agricultural Economics and Economics were funded by Stiftung Humboldt-Universität  to perform joint small research projects on the larger topic of ‘Humboldt´s Footprint’.

See final results (in German) here: Uberblicksposter

The aim of the group was to establish a ‘Studium Oecologicum’ (ecological studies programme) at the HU Berlin in order to anchor the idea of sustainability in teaching.

The ‘Studium Oecologicum’ was an interdisciplinary module within the ‘Studium generale’, where students could choose to acquire basic competences from the spectrum of sustainability, ecology and human-nature-interactions. These competences can be acquired from existing seminars offered by the HU and supplemented by the teaching of basics in extra courses. They were bundled in one module and certified for the students.

See final results (in German) here: Poster_Studium Oecologicum

In the course of the project ‘Transparent Institute’ the focus was on the quantification of natural resource consumption within the university through electricity, material usage and procurement.

In this context, the Geography Department in Adlershof was chosen as a pilot-institute. After the first phase of resource quantification, the second part of the project should be organised in cooperation with students and staff, aiming to determine potentials and to implement strategies of resource consumption reduction. The overall long-term objective of our project is to design a catalogue and corresponding guidelines for sustainability measures for the university as a whole.

See final results (in German) here: Poster Transparentes Institut Abschlussbericht_Transparentes Institut

The research group ‘Sustainability of the Corporate Partners of Humboldt-Universität’ aimed to investigate to which extent sustainability plays a role in the selection of Humboldt University’s strategic and corporate partners.

The first goal was to create an initial baseline study taking stock of the current partnerships, culminating in a critical evaluation of sustainable economic and strategic activity undertaken in the academic sector. In addition to investigating partnerships and selection processes of the university as a whole, the group illustrated possible challenges and opportunities for sustainable partnerships on the basis of more specific case studies. One particularly visible example for such a case study could be the Humboldt-Store, whose wide array of products invites questions of both ecological and social sustainability in the selection of the producers.

See final results (in German) here: Poster Unternehmenskoop