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Sustainability at the University of Münster

Fridays for Future, plastic waste in the oceans, renewable energies – sustainability is a much-discussed issue. We should treat natural resources with care and not live at the expense of future generations. Research undertaken at the University of Münster can make its contribution. In a six-month dossier, we illuminate sustainability in its many facets.

Two researchers of the research projekt &quot;MikroPlaTaS&quot;<address>© WWU - Malte Papenfuss</address>
© WWU - Malte Papenfuss

Video series “Sustainability at Münster University”: The MikroPlaTaS research project

Plastic in the environment and in the oceans is a well-known problem – and now a lot of inland waters are also affected. Dams and reservoirs have hardly been looked at, though. And this is precisely where the “MikroPlaTaS” project kicks in: researchers from the University of Münster are examining microplastic in wastewater treatment farms in Münster.

A women with an iPad looking at the blog.<address>© WWU - Malte Papenfuss</address>
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Dossier-video series: The blog “Thinking Sustainably” by the ZIN

How do we want to live? What makes for a good life? What has a sustainable future as far as environment, society and democracy are concerned? These questions are something that the blog being written by the ZIN (Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research) at Münster University is looking at. The blog not only provides insights into current research, but also considers social issues.

Events

The “Form your Future” project trains young people as “ambassadors for sustainability”.<address>© WWU - Form your Future</address>
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Learning through research – for more sustainable behaviour

In the "Form your Future" project, research staff from Münster University’s Experimental lab "MExLab ExperiMINTe" train young people as "ambassadors for sustainability". The aim is to develop and produce research issues and campaigns which deal with the topics of atmosphere and climate change, water and soil, and waste and recycling.

The Münster branch of the “Scientists for Future” initiative supports sustainability with a variety of campaigns and projects.<address>© private source</address>
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Using knowledge transfer to publicize climate change

Knowledge transfer for more sustainability: scientists at the University of Münster are active in the "Scientists for Future" initiative. With its interdisciplinary projects, the group aims to attract more attention to the climate crisis. In this guest commentary, Prof. Clemens Leonhard describes what the group does.

Cotton as a fibre plant for clothing: In the workshop programme “Very attractive – what fibre plants can do!”, organized by the Münster University Botanical Garden, children of primary school age learn what biodiversity and sustainability mean.<address>© WWU - Botanical Garden</address>
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Children’s workshops beat the drum for more sustainability

The project entitled “The Political Plant”, in which Münster University’s Botanical Garden is involved as a project partner, aims to promote biodiversity and sustainability by means of educational and transfer activities. The workshop programme “Very attractive – what fibre plants can do!” is designed to enable children of primary school age to get to know various fibre plants.

March 5 is the annual Energy Efficiency Day.<address>© WWU - Kathrin Nolte</address>
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Energy Efficiency Day: Expert Andreas Löschel on sustainable instruments

March 5 is the annual Energy Efficiency Day – reason enough for Kathrin Nolte to talk to Prof. Andreas Löschel about meaningful instruments relating to energy and climate issues. Löschel holds the Chair of Microeconomics with a Focus on Energy and Resource Economics at the University of Münster.

Not only electric cars are used at Münster University – electric freight bikes are also used a lot for transporting things in the city.<address>© WWU - Central Services department</address>
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Saving resources and protecting the environment

Münster University has around 45,000 students and 7,250 staff, making it one of the largest German universities. Münster is committed to the idea of sustainability – in many areas. These include for example the administration, building work and information technology. These guest commentaries give an insight into everyday work at the University.

The GEO1 was planned and built with the aim of being as sustainable as possible.<address>© WWU - Malte Papenfuss</address>
© WWU - Malte Papenfuss

Dossier-video series: The GEO1 Building (Part 2)

Research and teaching is carried out on seven floors in the GEO1 building in Heisenbergstraße. The building is home to the Landscape Ecology, Geoinformatics and Geography departments. The building is a special one – and not only because of its striking appearance and square form: it was planned and built with the aim of being as sustainable as possible.

Prof. Sabine Schlacke<address>© WWU - Benedikt Weischer</address>
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"Strengthen existing initiatives"

Fridays for Future, plastic waste in the oceans, renewable energies – sustainability is a much-discussed issue. We should treat natural resources with care and not live at the expense of future generations. Research undertaken at the University of Münster can make its contribution. In a six-month dossier, we illuminate sustainability in its many facets.

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Dossier-video series: What does sustainability mean? (Part 1)

Sustainability at a university covers a variety of dimensions: Not only research, but also everyday operations, teaching or transfer can all contribute to sustainability. This series of videos gives insights into each of these areas, presenting examples and projects at Münster University which deal with the subject.

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"Sustainability is a necessity"

Climate change – mobility – consumption: for some years now, the idea of sustainability has been playing an ever greater role in social and political life. The issue is also the object of interdisciplinary study at universities. In this interview, Prof. Doris Fuchs and Prof. Matthias Grundmann describe the challenges of not living at the expense of future generations.

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