5. Responsibility

The higher education institution explains roles and responsibilities relating to sustainability.

The President of Trier University of Applied Science, Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann, is at the top. She legitimizes strategic decisions on the implementation of sustainability at the top of the university. The Vice President for Research Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer, who is responsible for the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, and the Vice President Prof. Dr. Marc Regier, who is responsible for teaching, as well as the Chancellor of the University Mrs. Claudia Hornig support her in this. The deans of the two departments of the Umwelt-Campus, Prof. Dr. Klaus Helling (environmental economics / environmental law) and Prof. Dr. Peter Gutheil (environmental planning / Environmental Engineering) prepare, advise and implement these decisions.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Helling acts as the sustainability officer at the University's Environmental Campus Birkenfeld. He continuously develops sustainability processes at the Environmental Campus and, together with his project group of students and the Sustainability Council, regularly reviews the sustainability goals of the campus and also communicates these externally with the help of the Sustainability Report. Through the Sustainability Council (cf. Criterion 4 Organizational Responsibility), this council is in close contact with appointed representatives from different areas of the university, who jointly discuss new ideas, goals, and approaches.

The General Students' Committee AStA also shares responsibility and commits to various units such as culture, social affairs, and the environment within the framework of the sustainable development to become active. But other committees are also firmly integrated into the organization and act in accordance with the guidelines of sustainable development. accordingly. The student councils of the two departments of Environmental Economics/Environmental Law and Environmental Planning/Environmental Engineering have each appointed an environmental officer. In addition, student involvement made it possible to open the tea room in the communications building, where fair trade products and a regular vegan breakfast are offered. Since 2017, a Green Office has also been established to coordinate student sustainability initiatives.

Since 2001, an important driving force for the implementation of sustainability at the Environmental Campus has been the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), which, among other things, established a climate protection manager and has implemented numerous projects at the university (including the planning of the PV systems and the solar carports as well as the use of electric vehicles). The building services department is responsible for the environmentally friendly operation of the real estate and the maintenance of the outdoor facilities and is supported in this by the energy management department.