The HaHoNa was founded in January 2015. It systematically fosters exchange between Hamburg universities and helps them implement joint sustainability development projects.
The HaHoNa sees itself as an open, informal platform for collaboration between all of Hamburg’s universities to strengthen the following areas:
- peer learning in sustainability research, implementation, and transfer;
- firmly establishing Education for Sustainable Development (ESD);
- tapping potential of scientific contributions to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and
- fostering inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation to implement sustainability-related measures.
Since 2010 Universität Hamburg has been one of Germany’s first large universities to focus on sustainability in every aspect and incorporate it into research, studies, teaching, and administration on its quest for excellence. In this way, it contributes to the SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 with manifold on-campus teaching and research activities and climate protection and sustainability measures and projects. For example, Universität Hamburg cooperates with other research institutions in the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP (CliCCS from 2019). This cluster focuses on urgent climate change problems and possible changes in the climate system. The pan-University Center for a Sustainable University (KNU) consolidates sustainability topics and supports the University in its transformation to a University for a Sustainable Future.
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)
The HAW plays an active role in, among other things, the strategic research area Energy and Sustainability. Since 2007 its research and transfer center has successfully initiated and run international research projects on climate change and adaptation and organized several annual conferences on the topic. Since October 2018 the research and transfer center has also run the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR), which gives European universities a platform to exchange ideas about reaching the SDGs. Additionally, sustainable, application-friendly solutions for energy problems facing society are being investigated at a center for renewable energies and energy efficiency (CC4E) and on the energy campus opened in 2015. Almost all of this work is being done in cooperation with businesses.
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
The TUHH’s leitmotif is “developing technology for people.” To fulfill this commitment, the Center of Research and Innovation consolidates 3 areas of expertise: green technologies; life science technologies; and aviation and maritime systems. Global sustainability requires solutions and innovation compatible with ecology, society, and the economy. As future decision makers, engineering students must especially be able to answer complex, transdisciplinary questions. Against this backdrop, the TUHH adopted a comprehensive sustainability strategy in 2012. Its goal is to highlight sustainability in research, teaching, continuing education, and campus life.
HafenCity University Hamburg
HafenCity University focuses on today’s architectural and geographical challenges. It proposes solutions for making cities and regions livable and sustainable. Researchers in different subject areas are working on the ecological aspects of sustainability such as space-saving residential development, changing energy policies, climate protection, and climate adaptation. Others are working on the social aspects of sustainability such as affordable housing, migration, flight, and homelessness. Economic aspects include the local economy, regional economic cycles, and creative approaches in the area of urban food.