The department's role is to define sustainability an overarching and profile-raising guiding principle for the university development process. As part of Hesse’s higher education pact 2021 – 2025, the management of Hochschule Geisenheim University together with all university members aims to establish consolidate sustainability as a guiding principle for the (further) development of the university in all areas of university life. To this end, a holistic organizational development in the sense of a "Whole Institution Approach" is initiated. This means that the university not only aligns itself with the principles of sustainability in terms of content in research, teaching and transfer, but also in everyday university life with regard to all processes of university management/governance and operations.
In this context, we are developing a detailed sustainability concept for the entire university and setting up a central energy and biomass management with the aim of developing a climate-neutral campus. In addition, we are preparing sustainability reports according to the university-specific sustainability codex (HS-DNK).
The department also coordinates the activities of the Green Office, which is the central coordination and advisory plattform for all university members on the topic of sustainability. The goal of the Green Office is to enable participation across the university and to raise awareness for holistic sustainability.