The topic of sustainability plays a major role for the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein. We have taken numerous measures in all areas and are continuously working on the implementation of new ideas.
In connection with the nationwide energy-saving measures, the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein is also called upon to contribute to securing the energy supply in the short and medium term.
For this reason, an energy-saving concept has been developed which, on the one hand, includes the mandatory energy-saving measures of the federal government and, on the other hand, measures based on voluntary commitment.
The careful use of resources has been a matter of course for the Studentenwerk for many years. Numerous precautions and measures have already been taken in the past, which form a stable basis for further development in the current crisis.
The energy-saving concept includes the following measures, among others, which have either already been implemented or are currently being planned:
- Acquisition of electric or hybrid vehicles as well as company bicycles.
- Implementation of the DSW energy-saving campaign "Flip the Switch" in our student residences
- Measures to save energy on and in the halls of residence, e.g. facade insulation, renewal of windows and heating systems and much more
- Development of a plan of measures and optimisation by the GMSH to save energy for the 2022/23 heating period in all university catering facilities
- A checklist with energy-saving tips for all employees with an office workplace
The Studentenwerk SH will continue to promptly implement the legal requirements of the federal government and react to current events. In addition, we will carry out reviews on energy saving potentials independently of current saving requirements and realise them if possible. The concept will thus be supplemented by further measures in the future.
Reusable tableware is a priority for us. We offer a deposit-free reusable-to-go system at all locations, which you can use conveniently via an app. With our pricing policy, we offer you an incentive to prefer reusable dishes. The rental fee for a reusable cup is 15 cents, for a bowl 25 cents. This makes the reusable system significantly cheaper than single-use packaging made from renewable raw materials.
How does the Relevo dish system work?
- Download the app and choose your Relevo Dish offer.
- Scan the QR code on the dish, show the confirmation at the checkout and pay the service fee.
- Return your Relevo dish within 14 days and scan the QR code at the dish return desk.
You can download the Relevo app from various app stores. You can find answers to your first questions in the Relevo FAQ.
You also have the option to bring your own clean dishes. We will be happy to fill them. You get a 10 cent discount for hot drinks in your own reusable cup. We also avoid waste in other areas of our refectories, cafeterias and café lounges by:
- giving our guests the opportunity to save delicious, over-produced food from being thrown away. To do this, we offer them our Zero Waste plate at some of our locations, 15 minutes after the regular meal is served.
- Prepare food predominantly "just in time" and replenish as needed
- Allow a flexible combination of side dishes with the main course and prepare the dishes according to tried and tested recipes, so that there are rarely leftovers on the plates.
- advertise perfectly good dishes that are left over despite careful planning and preparation as a "limited offer" on another opening day
- Feed unavoidable leftovers to a biogas plant to generate electricity.
- Give unavoidable leftovers to food sharing organisations, which use them themselves or pass them on to charitable institutions.
The organic range in our refectories and cafeterias is becoming increasingly diverse. We offer only organic coffee and cocoa, as well as various organic teas. In 2019, we purchased 6,240 kilos of coffee and 38,080 bags of tea. We buy many dairy products, such as milk, yoghurt and curd, as well as some poultry items from organic farms in northern Germany. Ingredients such as tofu, bulgur, quinoa and wholemeal noodles are exclusively organic and are labelled in our menu. You can find out more about organic farming on the information portal on organic farming.
In addition to coffee and drinking chocolate, the university cafeteria offers the complete range of teas fairly traded and in organic quality. This enables workers to secure their livelihood and improves the quality of life through health protection. In 2019, we sold a total of 529,678 hot drinks made from fair trade coffee, cocoa and tea.
The Studentenwerk SH also supports the Fairtrade Town campaign in the cities of Kiel, Lübeck and Heide as well as the Fairtrade University FH-Westküste as a cooperation partner. Further info at: www.fairtrade-deutschland.de
Farms from which we obtain our meat from species-appropriate husbandry pay great attention to animal welfare. For example, the animals are housed in stables with daylight and more space than required by law. Only GMO-free feed is used and no prophylactic antibiotics are administered. This way of keeping the animals has a significant effect on the quality of the meat.
We buy the meat from different suppliers in northern Germany, depending on the type of animal. You can read more about the requirements for keeping the animals here:
Markerup geese and ducks
Lübchiner straw pig
Severin organic eggs and brother cock
For years we have been abstaining from overfished fish species such as redfish and plaice in order to make a contribution to global overfishing. Now we are going one step further and offering catfish from sustainable aquaculture in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for more fish diversity.
In 2019, we processed a total of 19 tonnes of meat from species-appropriate animal husbandry and sold 50,000 curry sausages. We source our species-appropriate chicken meat items exclusively from brother chicken farming.
We buy shell eggs or processed eggs mainly from free-range farming.
We buy our fresh food as regionally as possible. These ingredients are produced and processed in the northern German region.
We obtain the milk used in the refectories and cafeterias of the Studentenwerk SH and such products as quark, cream and natural yoghurt from the organic farm dairy Dehlwes. What is special about this family-run business is that it only uses organic milk from its own cows and from the neighbourhood within an average radius of 10 kilometres from the dairy. This guarantees short delivery routes and lower CO2 emissions. With our mineral water from Wittenseer, we also source products from the region, namely directly from Groß Wittensee in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde.
We source shell and fresh egg products exclusively from regional farming. In 2019, we processed around 45,500 regional eggs.
We are constantly expanding our vegan and vegetarian offerings. Every day, there is at least one vegan dish in the dining halls. In addition, side dishes that are not suitable can be changed at no extra charge or sauces can be omitted in order to create a vegan dish from the available selection. Salad bars in some dining halls also offer a wide vegan selection. In cafeterias and café lounges, vegan cakes, desserts, salads, baked goods, bars, and plant-based milks are available for selection, and vegan hot food options are usually available as well. Offerings vary by facility size. In 2019, we purchased 8,376 liters of plant-based drinks and sold 20,000 scoops of vegan ice cream.
At least 50 percent of our cafeteria meals are vegetarian or vegan (WS: 21/22: 53.8%*). Through various promotions, such as the monthly Greenday (first Thursday of the month) or World Vegan Day, University Catering promotes vegan options. Our commitment to an attractive vegan offering has been recognized by the animal rights organization PETA. The Kiel Mensa II and the Mensa Kesselhaus are thus among the most vegan-friendly refectories in Germany.
*under pandemic conditions
Building and living
For many years now, the Studentenwerk has been renovating and modernizing its student residences with energy efficiency in mind. For example, entire residence halls have been equipped with new heating boilers, hot water tanks and water pipes, extensive insulation measures have been carried out and new multi-glazed windows have been installed. In addition, the lighting in many residence halls has already been converted to LED.
Energy-saving measures are included in the design of new buildings from the outset. The dormitories not only meet the highest thermal insulation standards, but also have, for example, modern ventilation systems that contribute to heat recovery, or window contact switches to automatically turn off the radiators. Common areas are also equipped with presence detectors as standard, which automatically switch the lights on and off. Last but not least, new buildings are increasingly using sustainable, low-emission building materials. Interested parties can find out how the Studentenwerk builds in the brochure "Building for students. Modern, sustainable, social".
Heating and hot water for the dormitories are largely provided by district heating from cogeneration. Waste heat generated during power generation, but also in industrial plants and waste incineration, for example, is used as useful energy via the district heating network for district heating and hot water. This is economical and climate-friendly.
The Edo-Osterloh-Haus in Kiel and the International Student Residence in Lübeck have solar systems.
The electricity used by the Studentenwerk SH for its properties is 100 percent green electricity.
Through continuous monitoring, the team of the Facility Management/Building department keeps an eye on energy consumption. Increased consumption is registered, the causes for this are determined and consumption is reduced through appropriate measures.
Current projects: Energy generation through solar systems is to be further expanded in the future.
The Studentenwerk SH offers student residents bicycle parking spaces and garages at all residential facilities as well as ten bicycle repair stations nationwide. The repair stations follow the sharing approach. They are used by many people who do not have to buy the tools themselves.
In addition, a charging station for e-cars was installed at the Emmy Hennings House in Flensburg.
In the residence halls, residents are required to separate waste. Special waste containers are provided in the kitchens for this purpose. In addition, a company is regularly contracted to re-sort the waste to ensure proper waste separation. Glass waste containers are also available at selected locations. It is also possible to dispose of electronic waste and bulky waste after making an appointment with the janitors. Students are informed about the waste separation system as soon as they arrive at the residence halls.
In keeping with the motto "Sharing is caring," the Studentenwerk SH saves discarded chairs from the dormitories that are no longer usable from being thrown away and donates them for recycling to the Flensburg association "Zeitraum," which provides craft work opportunities for young people and adults. Bicycles that are no longer fit to ride and no longer have an owner are passed on to student-managed bicycle workshops.
The Studentenwerk SH also attaches great importance to sustainability in the management of its dormitories. To ensure that the furniture and kitchens can be used for as long as possible, individual components are regularly replaced by the janitors.
The team also regularly plants flower meadows on free green spaces around the dormitories, which bloom from May to September. These are not only beautiful to look at, but also benefit butterflies, bees or other insects that find food and a home there. In 2020, around 1,600 square meters of flower meadow were sown.
In areas where it is possible, employees of the Studentenwerk SH can work from home up to two days per week. This not only contributes to the compatibility of work and family, but also relieves the traffic infrastructure and thus reduces traffic-related CO2 emissions.
Since 2020, meetings have largely taken place virtually. Since the employees of the Studentenwerk work at various locations throughout Schleswig-Holstein, virtual meetings avoid long journeys and thus save CO2 emissions.
The Studentenwerk SH actively encourages its employees to ride their bikes more. This is done, among other things, by providing a bicycle garage in the Office for Educational Support or by participating in campaigns such as the Kiel City Cycling.
For several years now, employees of the Student Union have been pedaling for more climate protection in the Kiel City Cycling Campaign. In 2021, a 15-member team covered a total distance of 2,886 kilometers. In this way, over 500 kilograms of CO2 were avoided.
Another campaign held for the first time in 2021 was "Moving more together". This motivational competition, organized by the trainees, involved leaving the car behind for once and walking or running as long a distance as possible. The winner of the campaign covered a total of 813.4 kilometers in six weeks.
Current projects: Plans are currently underway to provide employees with company bicycles in the future so that they can cover the distances between the individual facilities within a site in an environmentally friendly manner.
The Studentenwerk will introduce the NAH.SH job ticket for 100 employees in 2022. The Studentenwerk and NAH.SH will subsidize the monthly ticket for local public transport. This is not only intended as a gesture of recognition for the employees, but also to contribute to sustainability and environmental protection.
Depending on demand, the contingent of job tickets will be further increased in the future.
Since 2018, employees have been on the road in Schleswig-Holstein using electric and hybrid vehicles. In the process, attention is paid to optimal route planning in terms of CO2 reduction.
At the Studentenwerk, continuing education measures are preferably taken online. This reduces business travel and the carbon footprint. In addition to external training courses, the internal learning management system offers numerous e-learning courses.
If longer business trips are necessary, employees are encouraged to take the train. Travel by air is not permitted. The use of public transportation ensures a reduction of the CO2 footprint.
The Studentenwerk SH provides its employees with free mineral water. For environmental reasons, the company has opted for water in glass rather than plastic bottles. In addition, the bottles are deposit bottles.
Administration, Purchasing, Management
Sustainability is one of the priorities of the Studentenwerk SH within its corporate vision. In its day-to-day work, the Studentenwerk is committed to a responsible approach to the environment. Among other things, it is a matter of course for the employees in their daily work:
- Separating waste,
- Turning off the heating when the windows are open,
- Turning down the heating at the end of work and on weekends,
- putting the computer to sleep when leaving the desk,
- turning off lights in rooms and hallways that are not being used,
- avoid small, inefficient orders of office supplies,
- to print paper on both sides,
- Turning off equipment completely at the end of the work day instead of leaving it in standby mode.
In all areas of the Studentenwerk SH, employees are continuously working on digitizing as many processes as possible in order to save paper. Successful examples of this include:
- Monthly pay slips for staff have only been available digitally since 2020.
- In 2020, the IT department introduced an internal digital ticket system, which, in addition to reducing paper, also ensures greater transparency and faster processing of requests.
- Since 2021, the Studentenwerk has had a digital invoice receipt management system, which saves around 80,000 sheets of paper annually in financial accounting alone. Outgoing invoices are also created exclusively digitally and sent by e-mail.
- Purchasing introduced the digital procurement file in 2021, which saves 75,000 sheets of paper annually.
- In dormitory administration, documents such as relocation applications or student certificates are filed exclusively in the digital tenant file.
- Although it is not yet possible to dispense with the paper file, the online platform "BAföG digital" in the Office for Educational Support contributes to paper reduction and process optimization.
- For several years now, registration for the Studentenwerk's cultural workshops has been done via an online booking system.
Current projects: By mid-2022, a new online portal for employees will be implemented, through which various internal applications can be submitted online in the future. Our Office for Educational Funding also wants to introduce the e-file.
Student Union employees uniformly use the green search engine Ecosia. For every search query, Ecosia donates money to reforestation programs. For every 45 search queries, one tree is planted.
In the headquarters of the Studentenwerk SH, Mensa I, a furniture warehouse for discarded office furniture has been set up in the spirit of waste avoidance and resource conservation. Before new office furniture is ordered for the administration, the furniture warehouse is used to see if a suitable piece of furniture is still available.
Whenever possible, food purchasing employees in the Student Union work with regional suppliers who have few delivery stops along the way. This has many advantages: Short transport routes, short storage times and little waste. Road traffic is relieved and CO2 emissions are reduced. In addition, short-term production planning and reacting to current situations are possible.
Ecological aspects are also playing an increasingly important role in non-food ordering processes. For example, preference is given to purchasing sustainable (merchandise) items - be it towels made from organic cotton, fleece blankets made from recycled plastic bottles, or sustainable bread bags made from linen fabric. In addition, quality - and thus durability and waste prevention - is the be-all and end-all when it comes to selecting products.
When purchasing electrical appliances, attention is paid to ensuring the best possible energy efficiency in order to save electricity.
For many years, the Student Union has been working with only a few hardware servers and many virtual servers, which conserves resources and uses less electricity. Electricity is also saved by requiring smaller air conditioning units for cooling.
The Student Union relies on multi-functional devices shared by many employees, such as all-in-one printers that can print, copy and scan documents. These devices consume significantly less power than stand-alone devices and have been shown to reduce overuse, as employees tend to use shared devices only when they really need them.
Since 2015, the subsidiary of the Studentenwerk SH responsible for cleaning - Hochschulservice und Seeburg GmbH (HSG) - has been using 95 percent of the environmentally friendly cleaning agents from the Canadian company InnuScience. These clean with biodegradable solvents and natural bacteria. What's more, they are very efficient high-concentrates, so only a few drops are needed to achieve the right mixing ratio. As a result, consumption is much lower and there is significantly less packaging waste.
- 1/3 less detergent
- 50% less packaging waste
In order to protect the environment, the HSG team pays particular attention to loading the washing machines optimally when washing the cleaning textiles.
In order to reduce the number of print products in the interests of sustainability, the Studentenwerk's information is increasingly being distributed via digital channels - be it the website or social media platforms. More and more documents, flyers, leaflets and brochures are available as downloads on the website.
By placing QR codes on the printed products, reference is made to further information in the digital area. In this way, the volume of brochures and leaflets has already been significantly reduced in recent years.
For still extensive print products, such as the annual report, the Studentenwerk attaches great importance to the use of certified paper from exemplary managed forests as well as climate-neutral printing.
Current plans: In the future, even more print products are to be printed on eco paper.
Day care centres
Various sustainability measures are integrated in the daycare centers of the Studentenwerk: Among other things, the employees make sure that craft materials and coloring paper are used in a way that conserves resources, for example by using calendars or the backs of old documents. Damaged books and toys are not simply disposed of, but are recycled for further use. Reusable, water-repellent bags are used for wet laundry instead of plastic garbage bags.
When it comes to providing meals for the daycare children, a lot of emphasis is placed on planning ahead to meet the needs of the children, taking their preferences into account. This means that less food has to be disposed of. Drinks in the daycare centers are only available in glass bottles. In addition, the children are taught about sustainable behavior - for example, waste separation - in a playful way.
Last but not least, the exchange of information within the teams and correspondence with parents is mainly carried out digitally, so that paper can be saved.
In order to promote environmental awareness among students, the Studentenwerk SH regularly offers seminars and workshops on the topic of sustainability as part of its cultural offerings, including, for example, the courses "Einfach plastikfrei - Alltagsprodukte selbst gemacht," "Studibalkon - nachhaltig und lecker," and "Upcycling.
Since 2020, online formats for students throughout Schleswig-Holstein have been offered in addition to classroom courses. This relieves the burden on the transport infrastructure and reduces traffic-related CO2 emissions.
Be it in dormitory administration or psychosocial counseling - the Studentenwerk SH offers video appointments in various areas in addition to telephone and face-to-face counseling. In the digital way, all students in Schleswig-Holstein seeking advice can be reached equally well - no matter where they are.
In addition to individual appointments, the Student Life Counseling Service and the Psychological Counseling Service also offer group appointments as online events. In this way, many people can be addressed at once and the volume of traffic and the associated CO2 emissions can be reduced.