How can sustainability be anchored in complex and dynamic organizational structures? To address this challenge, the University of Kaiserslautern created a sustainability office in 2016 which gives employees and students a platform to engage in the topic. Next to the office's main task of compiling the university's own sustainability report, it is also an initiative that gives students and employees the opportunity to contribute to the university's sustainability performance with their own voluntary projects. Thus, the office deals with interdisciplinary "top-down" as well as "bottom-up" projects.
For the University of Kaiserslautern, "sustainability" means ecological, economic, and social sustainability in the areas education, research, operations and governance, as well as knowledge transfer.
Our goal is a dialogue with other universities, scientific institutions, and companies regarding the institutionalization of sustainability management. Relevant concerns are: What should be the design of university education to satisfy the interdisciplinary requirements of sustainability management? How to design the transfer of knowledge from current sustainability research projects at the University of Kaiserslautern?