The Sustainability and Energy Management Unit is involved in various initiatives and networks relating to climate and environmental protection, both within and outside of Freie Universität.
The "University Alliance for Sustainability" (UAS) is a project iniated by Freie Universität and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Freie Universität Berlin, together with its four strategic partners, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), the University of British Columbia (Canada), St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Peking University (China), will focus on sustainability as a comprehensive topic for collaborating in research, teaching, and campus management. To this end, the partners will develop joint undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Student initiatives will be able to network with their counterparts at other universities. Funding will also be available for research stays for researchers, summer schools for PhD students, conferences on the topic of “Green Campus” for management personnel, and several study and internship abroad options. Up to 76 university members of the collaborating partners are able to participate in the mobility programme each year. Another core element of the project will be the yearly spring campus events, which will take part at Freie Universität and aim to connect and further develop the different projects.
UNICA Green is an initiative of UNICA - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe. Freie Universität Berlin is a founding member of UNICA, established in 1990, and a member of the UNICA Green Core Group since 2013.
For a better understanding of sustainability at European universities, Freie Universität Berlin and UNICA have created the Mapping Sustainability Project to increase the transparency of sustainability structures and activities at UNICA member schools. For more information, the interactive map can be found here.
SUSTAIN IT! Is a joint initiative involving students from different disciplines of the environmental policy research institute (FFU) and Freie Universität Berlin’s Energy & Environment Unit. The initiative began in 2010 with the goal of contributing to sustainability and climate protection through higher education meetings, action days, lecture series, conferences and seminars, as well raising awareness for these issues among the general public.
The educational format Schools@University for Sustainability + Climate Protection empowers children and teachers to develop the mind-set they need to bring about a sustainable future. Our core concept is to build a bridge between the university as a research institution, schools as a places of learning and civil society. The goal is to help children gain in-depth knowledge on sustainability issues, learn critical thinking skills and get empowered to affect changes within their everyday world. With Schools@University, FFU offers for 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers a variety of interactive and cross-discipline hands-on workshops and lectures on sustainable development. In order to implement education for sustainable development in schools, FFU also offer interactive teacher trainings. The week long programme, offered twice a year, includes roughly 75 events which introduce students to issues related to sustainability at various unique locations on our campus. Roughly 2,400 students and 140 teachers take part yearly in the free programmes and teacher trainings.
The environment network was established in 2011 and is a platform for the exchange of knowledge between universities and research institutes in the Berlin Brandenburg region. Network members meet biannually.
An international team of political and social science researchers work at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, researching environmental policy and sustainable energy policies and offering political consultation. The FFU undertakes both academic and practically orientated research, and organizes a comprehensive range of courses focusing on energy and environment queries in Europe.