2018-19 Sustainability in Humboldt’s Canteens
What is sustainable action? Have consumption patterns in the canteens of the Studierendenwerk Berlin changed? How do discourses represent and shape public attitudes towards sustainability measures? How to increase acceptance, effectiveness and legitimacy of such measurements? These are just four questions that the 2018-19 cohort of the Humboldt Scholarship answered in close collaboration with the Studierendenwerk Berlin. Find the groups’ individual reports below.
Ayberk Coskun, Li Kathrin and Kaja Rupieper
The Studierendenwerk in Berlin intended to reduce paper cups as part of their sustainability-strategy. For this cause the canteen is advertising since 2012 the topic with the campaign “porcelain instead of paper”. With posters and the CampusCup, it aims to reduce the “to-go-consumption”. Moreover the canteen works since 2015 with a sale- and markup price policy.
With a quantitative and a qualitative breakdown the research group aimed to find out, if a sustainable change in behavior patterns could be introduced. They examined sales figures as well as opinions of the students in order to find out the motivation behind a potential change in behavior patterns. The aim was to identify behavior patters and acceptance of price markups. The disciplines of social science and economics were involved. Read final results (in German) here: Empirische Forschungsgruppe: Wegwerfbecher im Studierendenwerk Berlin Wie müssen umweltpolitische Maßnahmen gestaltet sein, damit sie eine nachhaltige Verhaltensänderung bewirken?
Nick Küspert and Konstanze Möller
This group defined an abstract definition for the technical terms of external determination and self-determined. They aimed at defining a field of measurements that allows classification of the group projects of this year’s cohort. They constructed distinct definitions for measurements that allowed classification actions for sustainability and attempted to adjust non-empirical research with empirical research data and test definitions on the measurements of the cohort’s projects.The key disciplines were Philosophy, supplemented by Law, Economics and Resource Economics.
Samyra Hachmann, Antonia Sladek, Martha Frittrang, Konstanze Möller
This group consisting extended the discurse analyse of the Veggie-Day debate. They were interested in measurements that exclude meat (and/or other CO2 acute food) entirely from their menu, in certain periods of time or in entire canteens. They collected objectives about the acceptance of such experiences. The question was: How to increase acceptance – combined with effectiveness and legitimacy – of such measurements? In order to collect experiences, the group sent questionnaires to all German Studierenden-Werke and did research online, as well as interviews via telephone, which asked about Veggie- and climate-days in university canteens and weekly offers, as well as opinions about parcipating in food options. Results were handed over to StudierendenWERK BERLIN, which opens the possibility of further research with collaborative experiments. The disiplines included: European ethnology, integrated natural resource management, philosophy and law. The final report of the project was published as a Discussion Paper and can also be read here: Maßnahmen zur nachhaltigen Ernährung in öffentlichen Kantinen.