Sustainability at Freie Universität Berlin

Universities—as the core institutions of the academic and educational systems—have a special responsibility with regard to making the world sustainable, and Freie Universität Berlin is committed to this task. It strives to increase sustainability across the university—in research, teaching, knowledge transfer, administration, and on campus. The university participates in the academic discourse on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations in 2015, and in their implementation in the university’s own area of responsibility. The Unit for Sustainability and Energy Management is responsible for the regulation and coordination of sustainability management.



About 30% of research projects at Freie Universität are related to sustainability and contribute to addressing global problems.

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Various courses address sustainable development and integrate the teaching and learning concept Education for Sustainable Development.

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Energy management, which includes numerous measures to protect resources and the climate, has been pivotal to on-campus sustainability activities since 2000.

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Freie Universität Berlin organizes its planning and procedures around an integrated management system.

Dialogue & Transfer

We offer a variety of events and activities to make this cross-cutting issue accessible to the broader public.

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As an international network university, Freie Universität Berlin prioritizes global cooperation and projects.

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