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IU Sustainability

FAIR TO SOCIETY & ENVIRONMENT

SUSTAINABILITY IS MORE THAN JUST CLIMATE PROTECTION

Offsetting CO2 emissions? Of course! But that's not enough for us. As an institution of higher education, sustainability matters to us: Accessible education for everyone, regardless of their background, enables us to live more sustainably – and together, protect our planet. The pursuit of a healthy and intact environment and society is the benchmark for our behaviour, teaching, and research.

OUR INSTITUTION: SUSTAINABILITY AT THE CORE

Environmental Protection

Our goal is to act sustainably and protect the environment. We also aim to inspire our faculty and students to join us in preserving our planet and working towards a better tomorrow.

Social Responsibility

We strive to contribute to a fair global development by providing flexible access to education for people around the world.

Sustainable Education

From teaching to research, sustainable education is important to us at all levels. In doing so, we actively shape a future-oriented and just society – both locally and globally.

SAA Initiative

SUSTAINABLE THROUGH EDUCATION

People and entire societies grow through individual education, and everyone deserves the same opportunities.


Developing countries lack the know-how and financial resources. As the initiator and academic partner of the Study Access Alliance Africa, we provide people with the opportunity for higher education: With 100,000 scholarships for online degrees. This is an important first step towards diversity and equality, but it is only the beginning. As an institution committed to sustainability, our goal is even greater.

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For our environment

FIRST MOVER, NOT ONLY IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR!

Among the first environmental advocates

As the first certified climate-neutral online institution of higher education nationwide, we have been teaching and working in a climate-neutral manner since 2020. This is confirmed by TÜV Süd according to the international specification PAS 2060.

Lower CO2 emissions thanks to digital learning model

With our predominantly digital educational offerings, we significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to traditional educational institutions.

Climate protection projects

HIGHER EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

By supporting innovative climate protection projects through our partner "ClimatePartner," we contribute to mitigating climate change while improving the quality of life in various communities. Our projects are in line with the United Nations' goals, particularly Goal No. 3: Good Health and Well-being.

SUSTAINABLE COOKING IN NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA

Amid the majestic Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda, we support an innovative climate protection project. The growing population around the park requires more firewood, which threatens the unique ecosystem. To mitigate this, we promote efficient cooking stoves made of local clay and sand, known as the Canarumwe model. These improved stoves, produced by a local cooperative, reduce wood consumption by two-thirds compared to traditional three-stone fires. They also improve the health of families by minimizing smoke exposure. An important contribution to nature conservation and promoting quality of life!


6,300 t CO2e compensated to cover our CCF for 2022; certification standard: Gold Standard

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CLEAN WATER FOR SIERRA LEONE – CLIMATE PROTECTION IN ACTION

In rural communities in Sierra Leone, many people face the challenge of accessing clean drinking water. This climate protection project focuses on rehabilitating 57 wells in the Kono region. This not only reduces the need for boiling water, thus saving CO2 emissions, but also ensures regional access to clean drinking water. Women and girls, who are often responsible for water collection, benefit particularly from this initiative. A win-win situation for health, the environment, and the climate!


6,300 t CO2e compensated to cover our CCF for 2022; certification standard: Gold Standard

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WORKING TOGETHER FOR CLEAN WATER AND CLIMATE PROTECTION IN AFRICA

In various regions of Africa, we support projects that aim to provide clean and safe drinking water. In some cases, we even create new wells to give people access to clean water. This not only reduces CO2 emissions that would be generated by boiling water on open fires or using inefficient cook stoves but also improves living conditions on-site. Health risks due to contaminated water are minimized, and at the same time, we protect local forests. A forward-thinking initiative for health and the environment!


1,800 t CO2e compensated to cover our CCF for 2022; certification standard: Gold Standard

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CAMBODIA – CLEAN WATER THROUGH NATURAL FILTRATION

This project provides clean drinking water to 1.7 million people in Cambodia through ceramic water filtration systems. This traditional method uses fired clay to filter water, with a filtering efficiency of up to 99.99%, removing contaminants. Besides improving the quality of life, this initiative reduces the demand for fuel, as the need for boiling water with wood or charcoal becomes unnecessary.


1,800 t CO2e compensated to cover our CCF for 2022; certification standard: Gold Standard

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EFFICIENT COOKING STOVES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN UGANDA

Uganda faces the challenge of supporting over 90% of households that use wood or charcoal for cooking. Our response is improved cooking stoves that not only drastically reduce fuel consumption but also improve the health of the population and reduce deforestation. A project that goes beyond environmental protection and significantly enhances people's quality of life!


1,800 tons of CO2e have been offset to cover our carbon footprint for 2022. The certification standard is Gold Standard.

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PUZZLE PIECE: REBUILDING

DIGITAL FIRST.

Not an end in itself, but an important tool for conserving and rebuilding our environment. Our students can actively contribute to sustainable development: For every fifth saved printout of study materials, we plant a tree!


33.194 Planted trees

309.234 saved printouts

IU Alumni Award

NEXT GENERATION

ALUMNUS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The IU Alumni Award in the category "Sustainability" was presented to Lars Holger Engelhard in 2022 to honour his outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the sustainable development of the shipping industry. As an alumnus of our university, Lars, through his company Unleash Future Boats GmbH, has developed innovative solutions to significantly reduce emissions in the shipping industry. The award not only recognizes his technological breakthrough but also his commitment to positively transform the shipping industry and make a substantial contribution to climate protection.

Lars deeply impressed the jury of the IU Alumni Award with his vision to reduce the share of CO2 emissions from European shipping from 3.7% to 0.0%. He and his team have developed emission-free, autonomous ships with electric propulsion and fuel cells, providing a sustainable alternative to conventional, environmentally harmful vessels. Lars' company, Unleash Future Boats GmbH, has already received several prestigious awards for its groundbreaking solutions, underlining his relevance and the positive impact of his work.

The IU Alumni Award acknowledges Lars' exceptional merits and serves as an inspiration for the next generation of alumni to also contribute to a sustainable future.

Discover the full success story here.

Find more alumni winners in the categories of Professional Success, Entrepreneurship, Digital Education Development, and Special Mention here:

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B CORP CERTIFICATION

WE MADE IT!

IU Group (IUG) is a certified B Corporation following the successful completion of an audit process by the independent non-profit organization B Lab, signifying that IUG meets high standards in terms of social and environmental impact.

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EVENT TIP

At IU, we place great importance not only on promoting cutting-edge research but also on enabling active knowledge exchange.


Our conferences are the ideal place where experts from research and practice come together. For example, in November 2023, the "Symposium Sustainable Media & Brand Management - Sustainable Media Strategies for Value-based Brand Leadership" took place at IU International University of Applied Sciences. Based on a research project, it was a resounding success: Over 100 scientists, media, and branding professionals gathered in Hamburg on November 8th and 9th. Conclusion: The topic of sustainability has made its way into media and branding.

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