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Blue Community

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Maude Barlow (right) hands over the membership certificate to Linde Warland (Sustainability Team) and Jan Seibert (Department of Geography). Photo: Right Livelihood Center of the UZH/Marina Menz

UZH joined the international network Blue Community in May 2022.

UZH would like to actively promote the four principles of Blue Community

  1. Recognize access to water and sanitation as human rights
  2. Promote publicly financed, owned, and operated water and wastewater services
  3. Promote the use of tap water instead of bottled water
  4. A Blue Community maintains public partnerships with international partners.

UZH wants to contribute to awareness raising for these problems – through research and teaching as well as through exemplary action in its operations.

Research and teaching

UZH can play an important role in generating and communicating factual knowledge on topics relevant to the Blue Community principles. See for instance:

Department of Geography (e.g. lecture by Maude Barlow, poster exhibition, book exhibition)
Competence Center Human Rights Studies (UZHR)
Lecture series Sustainability now!

Do you conduct research on or teach about Blue Community topics? Then please write us an email: .


In meetings and events at UZH, tap water should be offered whenever possible and bottled water should be avoided. There are already drinking water fountains in the canteens and several UZH buildings. If you are organizing an event, ask your caterer for carafes for tap water. The Guideline Sustainable Catering provides more tips to reduce the environmental impact of catering.

Guideline Sustainable Catering (PDF, 278 KB)

Drinking water fountains at UZH (non-exhaustive list)

AFL, Affolternstrasse 56 E-001 (Canteen UZH Cityport)
BIN, Binzmühlestrasse 14
1-E13 (Canteen Binzmühle)
Common room next to 2.A.22
BOT, Zollikerstrasse 107 0-41 (Cafeteria Botanical Garden)
KOL, Rämistrasse 71
D-40 (Rondell)
In front of the restrooms

MEN, Künstlergasse 10


A-15 (Canteen A)
B-15 (Canteen B)
PLM, Plattenstrasse 14
E-1 (Canteen Platte 14)
1-111 (hallway)
RAA, Rämistrasse 59 E-04A (Canteen Rämi 59)
RAI, Rämistrasse 74 E-059 (Cafeteria Rämistrasse)
Y15, Winterthurerstrasse 190 H-99a (at the library in front of the restrooms)
Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190 M01 (intersection between buildings)
Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190 L (next to copying machine, intersection between buildings, center)
Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190 J (common room, intersection between buildings, center)
Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190 G (intersection between buildings, left side)
Y21, Winterthurerstrasse 190 H-62 (canteen)
Y22, Winterthurerstrasse 190 G-61A (Cafeteria Seerose)
Y24, Winterthurerstrasse 190 Lichthof
Y42, Winterthurerstrasse 190 F-L (intersections between buildings)
Y44, Winterthurerstrasse 190 G-M (intersections between buildings)
Y63, Strickhofstrasse 35 Strickhof Fountain
Irchel, 033 Parc area

Do you know a drinking water fountain that is not listed? Then write us an email to

Weiterführende Informationen

Blue University Zurich

Blue Universities are part of Blue Community.

Goal I.1.2. Research that can contribute to a sustainable development (Research that can contribute to a sustainable development)

Researchers at all UZH faculties gain and integrate knowledge within and between disciplines that can contribute to sustainable development....

Ziel II.3.4. Sustainability at canteens

Together with the catering provider, the sustainability team, the cafeteria committee and interested student organizations are developing and implementing measures to promote tap water instead of bottled water, among other things [...].

Talks of Maude Barlow, Founder of the Blue Community network