The higher education institution explains which sustainability indicators are used. It also discloses how the reliability, comparability and consistency of data is ensured and utilised both to ensure quality of results internally and for internal and external communication.
The Environmental Campus Birkenfeld uses various instruments to constantly review its sustainability indicators in internal planning and control and thus achieves continuous improvement.
- Due to the 2010 adopted evaluation statutes of Trier University of Applied Sciences evaluations take place at regular intervals in the areas: freshmen, course, graduate surveys, and review of service quality. In addition, the statutes require each department of the university to appoint a quality representative, who is a permanent member of the quality commission.
- In the accreditation process of the bachelor's and master's degree programs, the courses offered on campus are constantly reviewed for sustainability-related events, as these are an essential component in many degree programs.
- Every two years, a comprehensive sustainability report is prepared according to the GRI standards, the EMAS core indicators and, since 2018, according to the requirements of the University DNK, which examines and critically analyzes the university for sustainability criteria. In consultation with the Sustainability Council, representatives of the Green Office, and the campus sustainability officers, a comprehensive list of suggestions for improvement and goals is then drawn up, which is used to plan new sustainability activities.
- The target agreements of the equality plan are continuously reviewed by the audit family-friendly university, which is accompanied by organs of the university and an auditor of the Beruf und Familie Service GmbH. Future development goals are also defined as part of the audit.
An additional review and further development of a wide range of sustainability criteria also takes place with the help of the implementation of research projects and interdisciplinary projects in and at the "Living Lab" Environmental Campus.