Human behavior

Sustainable behaviour on campus

Reduce carbon footprint of students and scientists by developing a sustainable behaviour campaign

Consider behavioral patterns of students and staff on the local campuses and develop a local campaign encouraging sustainable behaviour.
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Challenge description

There’s been successful international campaigns promoting sustainable human behaviour such as Skip The Straw, Pledge Against Plastic, Bubbles Not Balloons, Swiping for Trees. Heidelberg University canteen and cafeteria contribute to reducing the carbon footprint, for example, by introducing extra costs on single-use cups and organizing vegan days. What local campaign can we run to motivate students and scientists on the campuses to behave in a more carbon- neutral way?

Challenge vision

Consider behavioral patterns of students and scientists on the local campuses with respect to resource management (water and electricity), plastic pollution (single-use plastic), mobility (biking, public transport or driving), and food (e.g. meat consumption). Study successful international practices aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of research institutions. Come up with ideas to motivate students and staff to behave in a more sustainable way on our local campuses taking into account the following aspects:

  • What resources (human resources, funding, consumables) are needed to run the campaign?
  • What is the time span of the campaign?
  • What immediate and long-term effect/reaction do you expect?
  • What support from the administration is needed to run the campaign?

Together we can make our region and the world carbon neutral

The city of Heidelberg traditionally has a strong focus on environmental protection. In 2019, Heidelberg became the second city in Germany to declare climate emergency. Support the university town in reaching its goals of reducing CO2 emissions.

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