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Eco-Guidebook

Sustainability - assume responsibility for the society

Representing a research establishment and training school of future executives, Kiel University (CAU)  is aware of its high social responsibility. That is why, based on an internal environmental concept, sustainable development should be considered first priority and continuously improved within all departments of the university.

We created a list with approved references for a sustainable usage our resources by changing consumer behaviour.

Green university - Do it yourself!

The percentage of renewable energies on the campus should be increased to 25 % by 2014. But costly investments are not enough for a constant reduction of ecological damage. It is even more important that we act in concert!

Correct ventilation in the office
At Kiel University costs for heat consumption increase of 7 per cent every year. Measures like heat insulation, consequent correct ventilation and moderate heated rooms can stop a further increasing of the consumption. According to the EnergieAgentur NRW, in winter correct ventilation in the office can reduce the heat consumption up to 15 per cent.

At Kiel University this reduction potential is smaller as our buildings are already heated quite economically. So keep your windows closed and for a correct ventilation of the office open the window completely for a couple of minutes. Consequent correct ventilation can reduce the heat consumption up to 7 per cent.

Water- (un-)endingly precious
At the end of the 1990s, the water consumption at Kiel University could be reduced by one third. Nevertheless the consumption of about 150 million liters (status 2010) is a huge amount compared to other University in Germany. This consumption should be reduced step by step. Technical measures like the installation of water-saving flushing tanks in the toilet rooms of the Central Administration high-rise reduces the water consumption by one million liters a year. So be aware of using water.

Power consumption: the sore spot

The actual sore spot of Kiel University is the current power consumption. Within ten years the consumption rise about 30 per cent to 29 million kWh (status 2012). By following some simple tricks, all of us are able to reduce the current increase.

Measures like switch off the light when leaving the room, climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator and using a switchable multiple socket to switch off your electrical equipment completely instead of the sleeping or standby-modus and you will save a lot of power without much effort.

The federal research project “Change” found out that by following as simple measures as mentioned above 8 percentage of power could be saved. A basic aim in the environmental management system is reducing the current power consumption about 10 per cent compared to the status in 2011. Next Step (www.next-step-kiel.de ), the prototype of a behavior changing campaign for power at the Institute for Geography state: This aim can be realized.

Is it always waste?
At Kiel University 1.000 tons of litter is disposed in one year. Compared to other Universities in Germany this is no huge amount. At the Studentenwerk coffee lounges people have to pay 10 cents additional by buying a coffee-to-go in a pasteboard cup. Alternatively people can invest in a reusable thermal cup.

But still, there is a lot to do: ideas like a “paperless office” have not become reality yet and the concept of the resource-saving “e-learning” has just been started.
And everybody can take responsibility: So, be aware by choosing the dustbin! Only correct separated litter can be recycled efficiently. Buy renouncing plastic bags for shopping and try printing and writing on both sides of a sheet of paper.

Mobile by bike
Compared to cities like Dresden, Bremen or Berlin, students in Kiel take more often the bus, car, motorbike or other CO2-emitting vehicles. This seems strange, as in 2005, the Fahrradklimatest conducted by the ADFC named Kiel City at second position in the ranking bike-friendly cities in Germany.

So the conditions for using the bike should not be too bad. Kiel University also supports sustainable mobility - for example by installing more bicycle racks on the campus. The latest project is a bike rental system for short distances on the campus called CampusRad.

So, if you take your bike instead of your car for the average distance of five kilometers between home and university you can save 10 kilograms of CO2 a week.