Who we are
Universität Hamburg's Center for a Sustainable University, or Kompetenzzentrum Nachhaltige Universität (KNU), was founded in 2011. It supports Universität Hamburg as it becomes a University for a Sustainable Future. It helps ensure that strategic and administrative activities in research, education, and governance are feasible.
The KNU is an internal sustainability forum for students, faculty, and administrative staff. Five interdisciplinary KNU teams develop concepts and project proposals for sustainability at Universität Hamburg. We also welcome external suggestions for research and support external research proposals with various types of grants and funding.
What we do
The Center for a Sustainable University supports Universität Hamburg on its path towards becoming a University for a Sustainable Future. We are an interdisciplinary center dedicated to fostering sustainability in research, education, and governance.
We conceive measures for sustainable development, guide the University's sustainable transformation, initiate and promote sustainable development projects, strengthen internal and external sustainability networks, and serve as a think tank and laboratory.
How can we define and develop sustainable research?
Reflection on Science
What does sustainability in science actually mean? And how can we cultivate it?
Center for a Sustainable University
as a Scientific Platform
What is sustainable education and how do we facilitate it?
What is sustainable governance? And how can we achieve it?
Who we target
The KNU is an internal exchange platform on sustainability. It is open to all members of the University. Interdisciplinary teams develop ideas and realize projects. The KNU is also a contact for external sustainability players.