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Tips for Everyday (University-) Life

We want to study, live and work as sustainably as possible at UW/H: From Fairtrade and organic products, to the bicycle parking garage with shower and locker, to the use of renewable energy, there are many measures for a sustainable campus life.

Additionally, the behavior of each individual university member is crucial. For this, you will find tips and information for a sustainable (university) everyday life on the following page.

Helpful hints in the overview

You can calculate your individual carbon footprint with the Federal Environment Agency's CO2 calculator.

Tip: For a detailed analysis, select "My CO2 balance" under the quick check.

The co2online portal provides helpful advice on saving energy - both the general information on saving potential or the list of 25 tips on saving electricity in the household offer helpful guidance.

The NRW consumer advice centre also provides helpful tips in the area of energy and offers a comprehensive range of energy advice.


The UW/H has a wide range of mobility offers that enable sustainable travel to the campus, business travel or travel to the UW/H by external persons.

Things to know: Waste separation

At UW/H there is the following system of waste separation: In the offices there are paper bins with an insert for other waste such as packaging, residual waste or organic waste. The paper waste is emptied as usual, the rest of the waste must be separated and disposed of yourself (for example in the tea kitchens).

Tip: The rubbish bins in the cafeteria at the dish return have a pedal at the bottom, which makes contactless rubbish disposal possible.

  • Plastic: Cups (e.g. yoghurt cups), polystyrene trays, plastic bags, plastic bottles (e.g. washing-up liquid, detergent, juice bottles).
  • Metal: Beverage and food cans, lids and caps of jars.
  • Composite packaging: Beverage cartons, coffee vacuum packs
  • Handkerchiefs and soiled paper
  • Receipts made of white thermal paper
  • Photos and photo paper
  • Light bulbs (BUT no energy-saving bulbs!)
  • Sweepings
  • Porcelain and drinking glasses
  • Cigarette butts
  • Peelings, leftovers, seeds from fruit, vegetables and nuts
  • Coffee grounds and loose tea
  • Food leftovers - including cooked food, meat, cheese rinds
  • Inedible and mouldy food without packaging

Heat period: tips for cool heads and rooms

Lower the external sun protection as soon as the sun shines on your window. The interior glare protection has hardly any effect against the heat of the sun.

Ventilate extensively in the morning and then keep the windows closed as soon as it is warmer outside than inside.

As in winter, the same applies: ventilate the room with a push instead of a tilt window! Where possible, it is better to keep the door open and ventilate from inside the building. Otherwise you will bring the heat into the building, especially in the afternoon.

Hang up a wet cloth: When drying, heat is extracted from the air. This heat cools not only the damp towel but also the surrounding air. But keep a sense of moderation - air that is too humid is perceived as warmer (tropical effect).

With fans: Use indirectly (not directly on your body) to avoid dry eyes or tension. Do not use the highest speed (noise impairs concentration, the additional energy consumption in turn releases heat).