Annalena Böke

Staff Unit: Sustainability and University Governance


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As one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence, RWTH is very aware of its responsibility towards society and the environment. In close coordination with the Rectorate, the Staff Unit of Sustainability and University Governance is seeking to collect and pool the already existing activities in all three dimensions of sustainability - ecology, economy, and social affairs - at RWTH in a structured manner. In a participatory process, the staff unit has furthermore formulated a sustainability mission statement to help define how sustainability is understood at RWTH and to encourage all of its members to commit to sustainable practices on campus:

On July 22, 2021, the Senate approved RWTH’s sustainability mission statement and adopted it as the basis for future action. Further information can be found on the Sustainability Mission Statement page.

  Infographic on the topic of sustainability at RWTH

With this first step, the ambitious vision for a more sustainable RWTH is well underway.

In collaboration with the relevant organizational units and stakeholders, the staff unit is now moving forward with developing, coordinating, and monitoring a sustainability strategy and is gathering ideas and approaches for sustainability action, also helping with their implementation and evaluation.

The Staff Unit of Sustainability and University Governance welcomes your feedback, and is happy to answer any questions, or hear about your ideas and initiatives.

We look forward to talking with you about sustainability!


Rector’s Delegates for Sustainability

The Rectorate has decided to appoint professors of RWTH Aachen University to take on individual tasks of strategic importance for the university and carry out representative functions in specific areas.

The first Rector’s Delegates for Sustainability were appointed in May 2021. They are Professor Greiff from the Chair of Anthropogenic Material Cycles , or ANTS for short, Professor Praktiknjo from the Chair of Chair of Energy System Economics, and Professor von der Aßen, Junior Professor for Sustainable Life Cycles in Energy, Chemical and Process Engineering. In their function as rector’s delegates, they advise University management on issues relating to sustainability within or outside the university sphere. The aim is to develop a road map and establish measures and projects that promote and support the strategic development of RWTH in all areas related to the topic of sustainability. The development of a road map is to be accomplished in particular by the GreenTeams. These working groups are led by the rector’s delegates, and anyone interested – students, faculty, or staff – is welcome to join. The rector’s delegates will also promote and expand collaboration with central and decentralized institutions and external partners, such as the city of Aachen in particular. They will furthermore represent RWTH in partnerships with other universities and networks.


AStA Department for Sustainability and Student Engagement

The AStA Department for Sustainability and Student Involvement pools all of the students’ sustainability activities. Together with students, student associations, and University administration, the AStA Students’ Committee initiates projects to make the university and the lives of its members more sustainable and climate-friendly, and thus help protect the environment. In addition to implementing sustainability-related projects on campus, the main aim is to promote awareness and encourage students and all other members of the university to get involved in sustainability action.

Parallel to the structural sustainability process, the engagement and participation of all interested parties for the further development of sustainability at RWTH is supported.


Sustainability Sessions

  1. The Sustainability Sessions are an opportunity for all interested parties to get to know the staff unit and our sustainability efforts at RWTH.

    Due to the current situation, the sessions will be offered online. We are looking forward to talking to you about our work or offer you our support if you have an idea for a project. Please also let us know if you have any suggestions.

    The sessions take place every Wednesday from 2 to 3pm.

    Please register by in advance. Then we will gladly send you the link to log in. We are looking forward to talking about sustainability action with you.


News: Stay Connected via Sustainability Map, Social Media, or Newsletter

  • Check out our RWTH Sustainability Map to find sustainability projects and groups from all across RWTH Aachen University. Explore the different icons and layers to get a digital and spatial overview of the highly diverse sustainability activities here on campus. Entries can include, for example, research projects, resource-saving projects in university operations, or student initiatives at RWTH. Have fun discovering it all!
  • Follow the latest developments, projects, or sustainability leaders, and get tips for leading a more sustainable everyday working life on Instagram.
  • You are also welcome to subscribe to our “Sustainability at RWTH” newsletter to receive regular updates and information.