Introduction

Sustainability reporting at the TUK

In close cooperation with the university departments, the reports are mainly written by students. The reporting is based on the indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  This independent initiative operates internationally and sets standards for sustainability reporting.

The Sustainability report 2015/16 is available both as a short report and in a detailed online version in the form of the integrated Sustainability Report. The short report is based on the University Sustainability Assessment Framework (UniSAF).  You can find out more at: rootability.com/green-offices/assessment/

The included indicators are based on the indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative. The short report is therefore based on UniSAF and GRI G4 (2015). You can find it here: (Link follows in short)

The online variation of the integrated sustainability report is based on the new GRI standards (designation of the indicators corresponds to English GRI standards 2016) and contains in brackets the previous corresponding GRI G4 indicators.

 

Goal of the sustainability report

The sustainability report should bundle and show aspects of teaching, research, community, operation and administration as well as strategy.

Sustainability principles of the TUK

[Translate to English:]
Präambel und Selbstverständnis

With the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development , the world community expresses its conviction that global challenges can only be solved together. Universities in particular have committed themselves internationally to the model of sustainable development due to their role as role models for society. The TU Kaiserslautern (TUK) strives to act as a beacon for the potential of linking the classical subjects of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT subjects) with an understanding of sustainability. This aims to ensure that technical universities play a new role in society as drivers of sustainable innovation. In its 2017 university development plan, the TU Kaiserslautern therefore calls for continuous improvement in the area of sustainability through concrete objectives. With regard to these goals, the sustainability principles defined here form the binding guideline for all members of the TU Kaiserslautern.

 

Sustainability culture, Governance and Reporting

Sustainability in the sense of the three hierarchically interdependent dimensions of ecology, social affairs and economy is becoming the top decision priority at the TU Kaiserslautern. The Sustainability Office of the TUK is a specially developed hybrid platform for all sustainability issues of the university and thus the first point of contact for ecological, social and economic sustainability at the TUK. The office brings the departments together and accompanies the strategic development throughout the university, advises, reports and strives for certification and networking in the field of sustainability. In addition, the Sustainability Office promotes a living sustainability culture, sensitises people to sustainable development, sets priorities and gives students and employees with its open structure the opportunity for commitment and participation.

 

Sustainability in the transfer of knowledge to society 

The TU Kaiserslautern pursues regional, national and international partnerships with public, private and non-profit institutions, organisations and networks and functions as a central technology and innovation partner in the state. By integrating sustainability into continuing education and lifelong learning, the TU makes a valuable contribution to the transfer of knowledge into society and education for sustainable development.

 

Sustainability in teaching through education for the sustainable development of the planet (BNE)

Enabling students to think and act with a view to the future is a core task of the TU Kaiserslautern. Wherever possible, courses and study programmes actively establish references to sustainability and call for a critical examination of sustainability issues.  Teaching formats in the field of ecological, economic and social sustainability are specifically promoted and supported by the university management.

 

Research on ecological, social and economic sustainability

The TU Kaiserslautern takes up socially relevant topics of sustainable development, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, in its research activities.  In its outstanding position as the only technical university in Rhineland-Palatinate, it is dedicated above all to socially and environmentally compatible technological innovations. In its outstanding position as the only technical university in Rhineland-Palatinate, it is dedicated above all to socially and environmentally compatible technological innovations.

 

Sustainable management at the TUK as a company 

The TU Kaiserslautern contributes to sustainable development by aligning its business activities according to ecological, social and economic criteria. As a university in the Pfälzerwald-Nordvogesen biosphere reserve, the TU Kaiserslautern has an extraordinary sense of responsibility for the preservation of its natural and cultural heritage, which is reflected in its business activities. Family, health and the equal rights of different genders and cultures as well as people with disabilities receive special support. The TU Kaiserslautern also promotes the charitable commitment of its members and supports university groups with the necessary infrastructure.

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