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Workshop: “Universities on the Way to Climate Neutrality"


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Join our digital workshop on November 5, 2020!

News from Sep 06, 2020

 Workshop: “Universities on the Way to Climate Neutrality”

Organized by Andreas Wanke and Katrin Schweigel (Freie Universität Berlin)

More and more universities commit themselves to act on climate change. Cities and universities around the world have started to declare a state of climate emergency, making climate protection a priority in their own institutions. This development has triggered strong sustainability commitments and new activities on campus, based on a new understanding of the urgency of the climate crisis. Freie Universität Berlin was the first university in Germany to declare a state of climate emergency in December 2019 – pledging to become CO2 neutral by 2025. This decision highlights the universities’ commitment to systematically embedding sustainability and climate protection in their institutions and international networks.

In our workshop, universities that have declared an emergency, such as Freie Universität Berlin and the University of British Columbia, will introduce their strategic plans for the climate emergency. Speakers will address the following questions:

- What factors or developments led to the decision to declare a climate emergency or issue a strong sustainability commitment?

- What does a climate-neutral strategy at universities look like? What are the major milestones in achieving climate neutrality?

- Beyond reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, how can climate protection and sustainability be implemented in the whole institution?

The workshop will take place in digital format on November 5th between 16-18h CET. 

The workshop is organized in the framework of the University Alliance for Sustainability and is open for interested universities. For further information on the workshop and registration please contact Katrin.Schweigel@fu-berlin.de

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