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University of Basel



Various activities integrate sustainability as an interdisciplinary topic into all areas of the University of Basel. Alongside making it a topic in teaching and research, it is committed to sustainable action in campus life and makes every effort to constantly improve its own operations.

This relates to the infrastructures of the University of Basel, utilization of ecological resources and also the treatment of related waste and emissions. The University of Basel considers use of social resources based on respect to be just as important. The health and satisfaction of staff and students, equal opportunities, accessibility or even compliance with safety standards are only a few of the aspects of social sustainability to which the University of Basel is committed.

Various initiatives and departments work towards constantly improving the University of Basel’s campus from a sustainability perspective.




Current Projects

Resource Consumption at the University of Basel

During the Sustainability Weeks, the resource consumption at the University of Basel was visualized. This booklet summarizes the results.

Green IT at the workplace

The internal IT systems are exposed to a high level of capacity utilization and require a great amount of energy to meet the growing demands placed on performance and communications by the University of Basel. In cooperation with the Petersgraben ITSC and the IT support of the Faculty of Psychology, various measures relating to Green IT at the workplace and in the fields of action of procurement, operations and disposal are being tested and put into practise. For example, activating energy savings options can - depending on the device in question - save 30-35% of the electricity needed; reducing monitor brightness to 50% can reduce electricity consumption by 25%. Many of the measures tested have already been implemented by the workplaces provided with support by the Petersgraben ITSC. More


Sustainable catering

Providing its students and staff with sustainable catering is of central importance to the University. The offering should be as attractive and varied as possible while meeting high environmental standards.

One of the first topics that has been in the limelight since spring semester 2013 is climate protection. The University of Basel has set itself the objective of achieving a 20% reduction in the emission of green house gases from catering by 2016. To this end, the University of Basel is closely cooperating with the SV Group and implementing the ONE TWO WE climate protection program. More


Sustainable events

In cooperation with the Sustainable Management Competence Center of the FHNW, the University of Basel’s Sustainability Office has compiled a guide providing you with practical tips and recommendations on how to hold sustainable university events.

The guide is based on steps of conventional event management planning and focuses on real-world recommendations to integrate sustainability aspects into event planning with as little effort as possible. It provides you with guidance not only for smaller events (brief guide) but also for larger conferences over several days. More


Sustainability in the department of Physics – a pilot project

13,000 students and PhD fellows in addition to more than 5,000 members of staff give life to the University of Basel. They work and study in some 90 buildings throughout the city of Basel and the neighboring canton of Baselland. In 2015, just under CHF 7.5 million was spent on the resources of electricity, heating, water and cooling – around CHF 4.8 million of this amount for electricity and some CHF 1.7 million for heating.

The University of Basel is an organization of a considerable size. For this reason, it has set itself the objective of constantly improving its performance in this area and to implement an operational sustainability management system in the medium term. A pilot project is planned to gather vital experience and to compile the relevant criteria specific to the University of Basel, which are to be used as a basis for evaluating how they can be extended to the entire university. The Department of Physics was chosen for the pilot project. More


Sustainability Office

Sustainability Office

Tel.-Nr.: 061 267 09 65


Petersplatz 1

Postfach 4001 Basel

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