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2015 Student Leadership Award, Freie Universitat Berlin
Initiative for Sustainability + Climate Protection
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Founded in 2010 SUSTAIN IT! is a joint initiative of students from different
faculties and researchers of the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU)
as well as administrative staff of the Unit for Sustainability and Energy
We act as a team, work on a voluntary basis and come from different
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establish sustainable courses of action in research, education and
promote the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary discourse on sustainability
develop innovative learning, teaching, and participation formats
inspire and encourage sustainable lifestyle choices
build bridges between stakeholders from inside and outside the university
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Multiday events to foster participation
through dialogue, art performances, and
More than 25 events each year.
2,000 active participants from across the
campus interacted with 35 partners.
Activities included: theater performances,
a swap shop, unplugged concerts, science
slams, cooking events, World Café, panel
Campus Days 2011 + 2012
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Public Lecture Series 2013/ Open
Through 13 lectures and podium discussions we
connected sustainability research and projects at
the university and made them visible to 35-80
people per session.
Participants included administrative staff and
students, researchers as well as interested
persons from the public.
“From Knowledge to Transformation – Sustainability as a
Challenge for University and Society“
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Project Courses: Including Sustainability in
Course (2013/14): From Knowledge to Action – the Social-
Ecological Transformation During Times of Multiple Crises
The aim was to promote creative capacities in education. 22 students
engaged in an inter- and transdisciplinary setting, using methods like Design
Thinking and launched five projects in cooperation with external stakeholders,
e.g.: a Food Coop, reusable water bottles, an energy lab for school children
as well as the gardening project “Think globally, act balcony!”.
Course (2014 – 2015): Green Meetings
25 students and experts from the university, local initiatives, and businesses
explored the facets of sustainable event management. With input from the
experts, students prepared building blocks for a green meetings guide,
customized for Freie Universität Berlin, which will be finalized in collaboration
with the university administration.
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Greening the Campus
The project UniGardening was initiated in cooperation with project
workshops of Technische Universität Berlin and the Botanical Garden in
2013. The aim is to demonstrate the possibilities of sustainable
agriculture and self-supply within a transdisciplinary team, as well as to
create a green teaching and meeting place.
Coloring the Student Meadow
In fall of 2014 we planted 13,500 early blooming flower bulbs on campus
to raise awareness for wild bees in a hands-on activity. Over the course of
two days, around 200 people participated. This spring the meadow was in
full bloom and we added two fields of summer flowers. A bee hotel was
built in cooperation with the Student Union and a local NGO in June 2015.
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Participation through Action –
Collaborating for a Sustainable
This is us in action:
Thank you for the honor of us awarding us with
the Student Leadership Award!