19. Social Influence

The higher education institution explains how it influences major decisions by policymakers and within society.

It discloses the main ways in which external social stakeholders influence the higher education institution’s decisions. Furthermore, the higher education institution accounts for the origins and use of external funds.

For the Environmental Campus, long-term CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) commitment means not only promoting sustainability in teaching, but also networking and intensifying cooperation with numerous university-external actors and organizations. In the regional context in particular, cooperative networks must be formed in order to link teaching with economic and social aspects in the best possible way. A central element in the sense of regional networking is the continuous exchange that takes place between teachers, researchers, employees and students on the basis of theses, (research) projects, and the exchange of ideas. projects or also through technology transfer. Many professors are also involved in scientific and social activities beyond the university. For example, a regional ScientistsForFuture group was formed at the Environmental Campus. In addition, the professors are active in the following institutions and functions: the Climate Protection Advisory Board, the Demography Advisory Board and the Nature Conservation Advisory Board of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, on the boards of trustees of the Federal Working Group for Environmentally Conscious Management (B.A.U.M.) and the StefanMorsch Foundation, in the University Teachers' Association of Rhineland-Palatinate and in the University of Applied Sciences.) and the StefanMorsch Foundation, in the Association of University Teachers, as a scholarship representative of various study foundations, as an expert in commissions of inquiry and expert committees at federal and state level, as an expert for various research funding agencies and accreditation organizations.

Influencing politics also happens with regard to the further development of the Higher Education Act of Rhineland-Palatinate, which forms the framework for teaching, research and further education at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld of Trier University. In the context of the current revision of the Higher Education Act, one of our concerns is to include an obligation for universities in the direction of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). During a parliamentary evening of the state parliament on May 15, 2019, organized by RENN.west, the sustainability officer Prof. Dr. Klaus Helling was able to present these and other demands for the further development of the state's sustainability policy.

The Environmental Campus Birkenfeld is a research-strong university and raised approximately 9.9 million euros in third-party funding in 2019, which is almost double the previous year (5.17 million euros). Important third-party funding sources include the EU, federal and state ministries, foundations and companies. The use of third-party funds for the intended purpose is ensured by the university's budget department and by providing proof of use to the third-party donors.

Detailed information about the partners of the Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld as well as about the
Exchange formats (conferences, meetings, lectures, readings) can be found in the german Sustainability Report 2017/2018 in the chapter "Social Influence" from p. 78. Unmatched Information on research and the use of third-party funds is provided in the current Sustainability Report 2019/2020 in the chapter "Research with a sustainability focus".