SustainabilityStudent Initiatives Relating to Sustainability
Sustainable development and environmental and climate protection are the focus of several student initiatives and groups at Heidelberg University. Student-initiated projects range from creating and caring for wild flower beds on campus to setting up a bicycle repair station that supports green mobility.
Podcast Series on Prospects of Education for Sustainable Development
The “Tafelrunde” (round table) podcast of the Heidelberg School of Education (HSE) is focusing in a new series on two vital issues for the future: climate change and teacher training. In a total of five episodes, Heidelberg students of education will talk to experts about handling crises, innovative approaches like ‘deeper learning’, well-being or out-of-school learning. The production, with academic support from Dr Nicole Aeschbach, is a cooperative project of the HSE with the “Climate Talk” podcast, which was launched by two former Heidelberg geography students. The “Tafelrunde” episodes can be found via podcast.de, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Flower beds on the neuenheimer Feld campus
The ‘Bee Happy – Bee Wild’ project aims at creating flower beds on the Neuenheimer Feld Campus to increase the food supply for indigenous wild and honey bees and other insects. The project was initiated by the BUND university group in cooperation with Students for Future and the Ecology and Sustainability Unit of the Student Council and is supported by Heidelberg University and by the Mannheim and Heidelberg offices of Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg as a measure for increasing biodiversity on the Neuenheimer Feld Campus.
bicycle repair station
A student-operated bicycle repair station at the northern entrance of the central canteen on the Neuenheimer Feld Campus allows cyclists to carry out simple bike repairs on their own. In addition to a large selection of tools, the bicycle repair station offers bicycle pumps and adapters for different valve types. A QR code at the front of the station allows users to access repair instructions. The bicycle repair station is checked regularly by students from the university’s own bicycle repair shop URRmEL. The project is supported by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport in the context of the mobility programme ‘Bicycle stands and bicycle infrastructure.’