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Coordinating change

In a certain sense, Jülich has long been a sustainable campus – many innovations that have become part of daily life can be traced back to research at Jülich, for example treatments for Parkinson’s or tinnitus, storage technologies for hard drives, antifreeze for diesel, and enzymes in detergents. The Sustainable Campus is now increasingly concerned with making research itself sustainable. This applies to both the working processes and the infrastructure, also with respect to the research subjects. On the one hand, everyday work should be performed according to ecological, economic, and social aspects. On the other hand, research projects should increasingly contribute to the sustainable development of society.

This change cannot be achieved overnight, and all employees must be committed to realizing this goal. Employees are involved in the project from the very beginning in a variety of ways. The central instrument for internal networking of the Sustainable Campus is the campus-wide, moderated online forum – the Sustainable Campus Arena. Here, employees have the opportunity to inform themselves about topics concerning the Sustainable Campus, to read contributions from experts, and to propose and discuss their own ideas. Forschungszentrum Jülich hopes to gain new impetus by networking the know-how and different perspectives available on campus.

Jülich has set up a dedicated team to coordinate this process. Their function is to collate and oversee all sustainable activities at Forschungszentrum Jülich, to develop new activities, and to establish the necessary networking between science and infrastructure so that Jülich can make optimum use of its resources.

In the medium term, the topics of energy efficiency and sustainable architecture will play a central role. However, in future quite different aspects may emerge such as alternative mobility concepts and also novel approaches for personnel management and in the administration. Another aspect which is also of major significance for an institution with more than 5,000 employees is health. Do we get enough exercise? What services are already available? For example, those provided by the Medical Services and the sports association. And what is still required? Where does our food come from, how is it prepared and what are the consequences, and what part can be played by research in this context? There is as yet no conclusive answer to these questions, but on the way to a Sustainable Campus it is important to discuss these issues and to make use of the expertise available on campus to find sensible answers and solutions.

Contact for Sustainable Campus

Dr. Vera Kleber
Provisional Head of Staff Unit Sustainable Campus
Telefon: +49 2461 61-4642