Universities in the state of Bremen united in the goal of more sustainability
Hochschulen im Land Bremen vereint im Ziel mehr Nachhaltigkeit Science Senator Kathrin Moosdorf finds out about BreGoS
Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences is researching how laboratories can be operated sustainably.
Bremen Goes Sustainable" (BreGoS) - Bremen becomes sustainable. This is the name of a cross-university project in the state of Bremen that is funded by the federal government with one million euros. It was launched at the beginning of this year. The Senator for the Environment, Climate and Science, Kathrin Moosdorf, visited Bremen to find out more about this unique project.
Senator Moosdorf: "For the first time, all universities in the state of Bremen have joined forces with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research to achieve common goals: To develop more sustainability in science and more sustainable solutions for all of us. BreGos brings together all the issues for which I am responsible as Senator for the Environment, Climate and Science under one roof. That's why I will be following this project particularly closely and enthusiastically."
The Rector of the University of Bremen, Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther, the BreGoS project coordinator, Prof. Dr. Marko Rohlfs, and project leaders from all universities presented the respective work packages. The University of Bremen, for example, is investigating how the campus can become home to more animals and plants. The students at Bremen University of Applied Sciences are also researching their own place of study for sustainability. For example, how bicycle-friendly is the campus, how high is the quality of stay on campus? The analysis is to be followed by concrete measures to make Bremen University of Applied Sciences more sustainable. Students at the University of the Arts are looking into cargo bike sharing concepts and how they can be used sensibly in the environment of their own university. Making work in laboratories more sustainable is the goal of the work package at Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to use or recycle materials more efficiently and minimise waste.
Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther, Rector of the University of Bremen, assesses the importance of BreGoS for the universities in the state of Bremen: "Even in this early phase of the project, it is evident that important links have been forged between the universities. Each individual institution is working on its holistic campus development strategy for more sustainability, more biodiversity and resource-saving operation. By networking with each other, environmentally friendly solutions, as well as infrastructures and resources of Bremen's universities, can be thought of jointly and used sustainably."
Several times a year, project leaders from the universities meet and exchange results from their work packages. The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research accompanies these forums. Kathrin Moosdorf is pleased about the close networking of Bremen's universities on the important topic of sustainability: "The universities in the state of Bremen are jointly developing good approaches to sustainable campus life. Shaping this more ecologically, socially and economically together is absolutely welcome and a gain for all of us - and sustainable action helps to slow down the climate crisis. Bremen Goes Sustainable - BreGoS - I am very pleased that our universities have committed themselves to this goal."
Text: Ramona Schlee, Press Officer of the Senator for the Environment, Climate and Science