Sustainable development signifies a development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." This fundamental definition, originally formulated by the UN World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Report), represents a combined approach to achieving social justice: Considering our duty to humans today as well as our responsibility to future generations.
Although the University of Zurich already contributes to both regional and global sustainable development through its research and teaching, our University is committed to systematically expanding its efforts. This includes strengthening interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaboration as well as supporting projects with external partners.
In addition, the University of Zurich strives to promote sustainable procurements, foster efficient energy consumption, and take other steps toward achieving a sustainable campus in order to reduce the environmental impact of its operations – and contributes to the quality of life in Zurich.
The Sustainability Team at the University of Zurich supports existing activities surrounding sustainability in research, teaching, and daily operations. It coordinates implementation of various measures and fosters communication between all members of the UZH community who are working toward sustainability.