Starting situation

As a place of learning and research, the University of Mannheim perceives itself as having a special responsibility to work towards sustainable development. In addition to its research activities on sustainability and conveying new findings to students and the public, in future, the University of Mannheim will particularly center on the strategic development of its own sustainability measures in order to further strengthen its function as a role model. In the spring semester 2020, the university founded the working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim” in order to collect ideas and suggestions and to coordinate and further develop its sustainability measures. For more information about the working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim”, please click here.

The university's current sustainability measures

Sustainability in research and teaching

Whether you would like to focus on energy law, environmental ethics, social entrepreneurship or one world seminars: many schools and chairs at the University of Mannheim are researching, teaching, and working on the topic of sustainability. Here, you will find a small selection of the university’s current research areas and projects.

Do you also research or teach on the topic of sustainability and would like your project to be included here? Please do not hesitate to contact Lutz Spitzner at the Sustainability Office.

Emissions Trading and Climate Policy

The research focus of Prof. Ulrich Wagner, Ph.D., Chair of Quantitative Economics, is environmental economics. Wagner's research interests include emissions trading and the economics of international climate policy.

Connected and Autonomous Driving

PAsCAL is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project investigating connected and autonomous driving with a special focus on its acceptance in society. The University of Mannheim is the only German institution involved in this joint EU research project.

RENergetic Project

At three locations in Europe, the project is researching how the use of regenerative energies can be integrated into everyday life. Sonja Klingert from the Chair of Business Informatics II is heading the project, which is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program.

Energy Future without Fossil Fuels

The Mannheim Institute for Sustainable Energy Studies (MISES), headed by Prof. Stefan Reichelstein, Ph.D., conducts research on the challenges and innovation opportunities arising from the shift to an energy future without fossil fuels.

Sustainable Business

Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons, who holds the Chair of Sustainable Business, and her team are researching how companies cooperating with other social actors contribute to sustainable development.

Climate Ethics and Climate Debate in Philosophy

Prof. Dr. Bernward Gesang deals with climate ethics and the question of how a sustainable society can be justified in ethical terms. Several seminars, lectures as well as master courses at his chair primarily focus on these research topics.

Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainability

Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig, who holds the Chair of Business Administration, Public & Nonprofit Management, conducts research, among other things, on the topic of public-private partnerships as an instrument for achieving sustainability-oriented goals.

Working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim”

The working group for sustainability is comprised of representatives of all schools as well as research groups, administrative staff, and students. The working group is headed by the Executive Vice President. Its members include representatives of the Staff Council, the University IT, the general student committee at the university (AStA), the student organizations, the Studierendenwerk Mannheim and the administration as well as the newly founded Sustainability Office. The working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim” meets once or twice per semester with all its members.

The objective of the working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim” is to develop a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the University of Mannheim.

The working teams that were formed at the first meeting meet several times per semester to discuss their respective focus areas.

Working teams and focus areas:

  • Research and Teaching
    Focus areas: tbd
  • Operations
    Focus areas: ecologic operations (mobility, energy etc.)
  • Governance, Mission Statement, and Social Affairs
    Focus areas: New Work and mobility, mission statement, communication, certifications, equal opportunity, stakeholder participation, diversity

News from the working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim”

Find out about the achievements and results of the working group here.

  • 24 September 2020

    In its meeting on 24 September 2020, the working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim” met again via video conference. The three working teams each reported on their first meetings, the key focuses agreed upon, and their goals for the coming period. Important topics of discussion included the criteria for sustainability at universities, the communication of sustainability issues, as well as the topics of mobility, resource consumption, and the behavior of university members. In addition, the new website “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim” was presented. The web page provides information about projects on the topic of sustainability in research, teaching, and university operations and at the same time serves as a central contact point for questions and suggestions.

  • 18 June 2020

    The constituent meeting of the working group “Sustainability at the University of Mannheim” on 18 June 2020 was held via video conference. In an interactive workshop, the members first presented the status quo and outlined the current and future challenges for the university. In the following, the working group established three working teams that will deal in depth with the topics of “Research and Teaching”, “Operations and Mobility”, and “Governance” respectively. Their ideas and results will be presented and discussed at the coming meetings of the working group.

Do you have any suggestions or ideas on the topic of sustainability at the University of Mannheim? Then please feel free to send an e-mail to Lutz Spitzner at the Sustainability Office.

Contact

Lutz Spitzner

Lutz Spitzner

Coordinator of Committees and Bodies / Office of the University Council / Office for Sustainability
University of Mannheim
Rektorat
Schloss Ostflügel
68161 Mannheim