The Free University of Berlin has been presented with a number of awards in recognition of its exemplary commitment to climate and environmental protection.
Freie Universität Berlin received its first international award for the sustainability initiative SUSTAIN IT! at the 7th conference of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in June 2015. Every year, Good Practice examples, which stand out in creativity, originality, effectivity in buildings, campus management, integration management, science or student leadership are honoured with an award. The SUSTAIN IT! initiative makes it in an exemplary manner possible for all university stakeholders to make Freie Universität more sustainable with their own ideas and projects and to shape it for the future.
Freie Universität Berlin has already received the third award for its sustainable activities in competitions by KlimaSchutzPartner Berlin, an alliance of ten Berlin chambers and associations. In 2003, 2008 and 2015, the university was awarded first prize in the category “recognition for outstanding projects in public institutions”. The improvements to energy efficiency in the buildings, thanks to comprehensive modernisation and optimisation measures, the energy saver incentive scheme and the integral environmental management were all highly valued.
Freie Universität Berlin has been awarded the Future Prize from Berlin energy service providers GASAG three times, in the categories of sustainability, climate protection, and energy efficiency. The university was awarded first prize and 5,000 euros in the category “Architecture and Climate” for its commitment to combating climate change: It received this award two years running. The Free University’s botanical garden was awarded third place in the same category. The plans to build a combined heat and power plant powered by biogas in the botanical garden received a special mention. In the category “Education and Innovation” the Free University was awarded third place for the initiative SUSTAIN IT! The higher education meetings, focusing on sustainability and climate protection and held twice at the Freie Universität, also received special praise.
In September, Freie Universität Berlin was awarded first place in the category “Architecture and Climate” in the first GASAG Future Competition. The award honoured the incentive scheme introduced in 2007, which gave users of the university an incentive to save energy. Chancellor Peter Lange and the director of the energy and environment unit, Andreas Wanke, received the certificate on the 25th of September 2010. The award was accompanied by 5,000 euros prize money.