Sustainable Faculty

Wanted: Sustainable ideas

As of now, it is also possible to submit applications from the Medical Faculty and the UKB regarding sustainability within the framework of the University Sustainability Programme.

This budget supports investments that, for example, lead to a sustainable reduction in energy, material or water consumption through wastewater, exhaust air or waste, but also nature conservation measures or those aimed at changing behaviour (e.g. information services). Applications with a pilot character are given priority. If measures are associated with an improvement in the work of the applying entity, a personal contribution increases the likelihood of funding. A review panel with members including students, scientific staff, professors from the Medical Faculty and areas of the UCB administration will review the applications together with Vice-Rector Annette Scheersoi.

Information on the overall university programme can be found at here.

Please submit applications directly to the university.

Promoted Projects so far

ShrinkMyTrash - Sustainability in the Hospital

Social awareness of sustainability has increased in recent years. The Clinic for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (KAI) took this development into account by founding the "Green Team" under the leadership of Prof. Coburn. The main objective of the interprofessional group is to place the topic of sustainability in the clinical focus in order to design work processes according to the 5-Rs of sustainability (Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, Refuse, Rethink). In a first project, KAI's Green Team was able to reduce emissions from volatile anaesthetics, which act as highly potent greenhouse gases, by almost 100 tonnes of CO2 equivalents within half a year. Our projects are always scientifically accompanied. In addition, we would like to sensitise future medical staff to the topic of "sustainability in health care" already during their training.

© ShrinkMyTrash

For our latest project, which is called "ShrinkMyTrash", we were able to acquire funding from the sustainability funding pot of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bonn at the end of last year. In Germany, five to six kilograms of waste are produced per hospital bed every day. This means that not only the amount of waste produced is an environmental burden, but also its improper disposal. This is where our project "ShrinkMyTrash" comes in. The aim is to improve the disposal of waste in the first mile. The project consists of two intertwined measures.

The first measure comprises the implementation of a comprehensive, professional disposal in the clinical area. On the one hand, this is intended to increase the recycling rate and, on the other hand, to establish a safe, environmentally friendly disposal of medicines. In the case of medicines, it is essential to prevent them from leaking into the groundwater because they are often environmentally toxic substances. Propofol is a relevant substance for anaesthesia due to its high PBT index (persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity).

Another important class of drugs are antibiotics, which are used in almost all medical fields. In addition to an inadequate infrastructure, a lack of knowledge is a frequent obstacle to appropriate disposal in clinical practice. Therefore, accompanying training measures and information materials are being created. In addition to using already established communication channels such as the staff newspaper "ukb mittendrin" and the intranet, we will also use the possibilities of the new digital media. To this end, we are striving for cooperation with other institutes and departments at the UCB.

The second element of ShrinkMyTrash is the scientific analysis. On the one hand, a before-and-after comparison is carried out. On the other hand, the ecological effects are analysed through a life-cycle assessment with the software GaBi. The knowledge gained from this should ensure sustainable success.

The long-term goal is to serve as a model for other hospitals and medical facilities.

If you have any questions or are interested in further information or cooperation, please do not hesitate to contact Philippe Kruse.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.

Sustainable Surgery

In addition to a lot of packaging waste (plastic, carton), complex disposable devices are used, especially in the surgical disciplines, which are thrown away after use. This also includes systems for sealing and connecting organs and tissues - e.g. stapling instruments. In addition to plastics, these devices also contain recyclable materials such as titanium, aluminium, etc. Ultimately, only small amounts of the expensive and complex devices remain in the patient's body (e.g. small titanium staples or clips) and the majority of the device is discarded. Until now, these have been disposed of with the normal surgical waste from the operating room.

The project has a pilot character for the recycling of resource-limited materials and also promotes awareness for a more sustainable use of equipment in the workplace.

More information follows.


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Sustainability Commission

Group Name First name
Members Herr Prof. Dr. Weber Bernd
Frau Prof. Dr. Scheersoi Annette
Herr Prof. Dr. Coburn Marc
Frau Dr. Tischler Verena
Frau Dr. Christ Anette
Frau Kaspari Charlotte
Frau Tichelmann Naemi
Herr Schmitz Michael
Secretary Frau Böhm Christina

Contact & Meeting Dates

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Christina Böhm

+49 228 287-19211

Meeting Dates

Monday, 23.05.22, 01:30 PM (online)

Further dates will follow soon

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