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Sustainability at DIT

science carries responsibility

Sustainability is a central topic at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology today and in the future programme. Therefore, it is essential for us to develop a comprehensive strategy on how sustainability can be integrated in all areas of the university, how it can be lived by all university members, and how it can be carried from there into the world. It is important for us to consider and combine the perspectives of ecology, economy and social issues in equal measure.
This page collects information on the topic of sustainability. It provides an insight into the university's current commitment to sustainability and presents projects from various departments. Suggestions for active participation can also be found on this page. In addition, some further reading tips are presented that not only deal with sustainability at DIT, but also shed light on the topic on both an individual and global level.

how the university is involved


 

 

The main campus of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology is supplied exclusively with electrical energy from renewable sources. In addition, this campus has photovoltaic systems for its own electricity generation. The sustainability campus European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI) also only uses green electricity.

 

 

The heat supply at the main campus in Deggendorf is partly provided by natural gas, but geothermal heat is also used by means of a geothermal heat pump. In addition, a solar thermal system contributes to heat generation on a smaller scale. The Pfarrkirchen campus (ECRI) is also supplied with heat by an air source heat pump in addition to a gas boiler.

 

The charging infrastructure for electric cars is currently being expanded and supplemented at DIT locations. The graphic shows the current number of charging points at the university's various locations.

 

Only LEDs are used for the outdoor lighting at the Deggendorf campus. The university is closed during the Christmas period, which leads to a strong decrease in electricity and gas consumption during this time.

Likewise, an improvement of the energy monitoring in the new building and at the campuses in general is being planned in order to ensure an improved collection and presentation of data and thus enable further optimisation.


The Deggendorf Institute of Technology participates and is involved in several networks and working groups, both within and across universities. These include the Bavarian University and Sustainability Network and the Working Group on Sustainability at Universities. In addition, the Working Group on Sustainable Development has been established at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

sustainable projects

At the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, there have been activities and efforts around the topic of sustainability for several years. The first time this was formally organised was with the founding of the Sustainable Development Working Group in 2016. In 2021, the university's first sustainability officer was finally appointed, thus anchoring sustainability in the official structure of the university for the first time.

 

Energy efficiency and climate protection at universities of applied sciences

In this project, DIT has been facing the challenges of energy efficiency and climate protection together with eight other German universities since October 2021. Practical intervention strategies and individual measures for energy saving are to be developed. These are to be explicitly aimed at universities of applied sciences, as they are currently growing strongly, basically work with scarce resources, necessary modernisation processes are pending in the administration, research is experiencing an increase in importance and is traditionally decidedly application-oriented and, on the other hand, there are no strategies focused on the type of university.

Project manager DIT: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Laar

 

Goals:
In the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the topic of sustainability has been anchored for a long time, especially in the Environmental Engineering degree programme. Through the various modules, students acquire the competence to reduce energy consumption in buildings, conserve natural resources, make more use of renewable energies and manufacture building materials in an environmentally conscious manner. This enables them to make a significant contribution to the protection of people, nature and the climate in their later careers.

In addition, especially in the module Sustainable Building I, students are taught basic knowledge of the ecological, economic and socio-cultural aspects of sustainability for systematic implementation in the company, on building products and buildings. This knowledge can then be further deepened in the Master's programme.

Projects:
Sustainability projects of various kinds are already being realised through Bachelor's and Master's theses at or in cooperation with companies. For example, through evaluation systems for sustainable buildings according to DGNB or BNB, through the introduction of environmental and energy management systems, the preparation of life cycle assessments or the analysis and evaluation of products according to Cradle to Cradle Certified®.

 

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Goals:

Sustainabiliy plays an important role at the very internationally oriented and English-speaking European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI) in Pfarrkirchen. It functions decidedly as a "sustainable campus", i.e. numerous approaches are tested here so that, if successful, they can subsequently be implemented at other locations.

In addition to the Master's programme Healthy and Sustainable Buildings (HSB), the HSB and the Sustainability lab, there is a "BikeStation" for students.

A new campus building will be constructed at this campus in the next few years, which will be oriented towards the BNB certification.

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rankings and awards


 


The Federal Ecodesign Award is the highest state award for ecological design in Germany. The competition is not limited to certain product groups, industries or design sectors. Possible subject areas are, for example, construction, nutrition, interiors, communication, mobility or fashion. In the young talent category, students and recent graduates can also submit their projects.

Further information: 
https://www.bundespreis-ecodesign.de/de


The German Sustainability Award is aimed at companies, municipalities, scientists and organisations and rewards effective contributions to transformation. This year, competitions are being held on six topics: Business, Design, Local Heroes, NEA 2.0, Packaging, Architecture

Further information:
https://www.nachhaltigkeitspreis.de/


The Environment and Sustainability Award of the B.A.U.M. network honours committed individuals. These include "role models" and "doers" in companies and institutions, as well as journalists and scientists who have rendered outstanding services to environmental protection and sustainability through their publications or research.

Further information: 
https://www.baumev.de/Auszeichnung.html


Since 2013, the international Green Product Award has been honouring products and services that are convincing in terms of sustainability, innovation and design. The award is aimed at start-ups and established companies. The Green Concept Award honours creators of visionary concepts that are not yet on the market.

Participation is also possible for students. The last submission deadline is in November 2022

Further information:
https://www.gp-award.com/de


The Green Talents Award is aimed at young scientists from various countries and scientific disciplines for their achievements and efforts in the field of sustainability. This year's application deadline is 24 May 2022.

Further information:
https://www.greentalents.de/index.php


The Greentech Awards are aimed at a wide range of groups, including young people between the ages of 16 and 25, who have made a long-term commitment to sustainability.

Further information:
https://greentechfestival.com/awards/


Every year, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) rewards projects that contribute to reducing food waste with the national prize "Too good for the bin!" (Zu gut für die Tonne!). Anyone with a suitable project can take part. The deadline for entries is in November.

Further information:
https://www.zugutfuerdietonne.de/unsere-aktivitaeten/der-bundespreis

Downloads and links


On the DIT blog, various authors regularly post on the topic of sustainability. One series, for example, takes a closer look at the progress that has been made in recent years with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Much of it is quite surprising. Why not test yourself on how informed you are about world affairs!

Further information: Nachhaltigkeit im THD Blog


How many earths would be needed if every person on earth lived like you? How many tonnes of CO2 do you emit per year? And how do your values compare to others? Find out this and much more with the help of the interactive footprint calculator of the Global Footprint Network.

Calculate your ecological footprint:
http://www.footprintcalculator.org/

Calculate your water footprint:
https://waterfootprint.org/en/resources/interactive-tools/personal-water-footprint-calculator/


Proper waste separation is important and the basis for recycling. However, waste separation can quickly become complicated, which is why you can find a summary of correct waste separation here.

Further information:
https://nextcloud.th-deg.de/s/BLa2i3A6WQiAibP


International days bundle actions, projects and ideas around a theme and make them accessible to a broad public in a variety of ways. At the European Campus Rottal-Inn, university members use thematically appropriate days as a hook to present study programmes, research projects or current topics in various formats on campus. Whether it's an interview, a competition call or a short contribution via the social media channels - there are no limits to creativity in generating attention for this day and providing information. You can find all previous contributions to the International Days via the link. 

Further information: iLearn IntDayArchive


This site provides an overview of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. In addition, initiatives are introduced and suggestions for individual sustainable behaviours are presented.

Further information:
https://17ziele.de/


The website provides an overview of Bavaria's contribution to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and which working groups exist.

Further information:
https://www.nachhaltigkeit.bayern.de/


Several times a year, the Repair Café offers the opportunity to make broken electrical appliances, clothes or furniture usable again with the help of others. It's good for the environment, you learn something new and it's also fun.

Further information:
https://www.reparatur-initiativen.de/reparatur-cafe-deggendorf

contact


If you have any questions or want further information, just send an e-mail to nachhaltigkeit@th-deg.de.