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Responsibility & Sustainability

at the University of St.Gallen

The University of St.Gallen is committed to contributing to a socially and environmentally sustainable economy and society.

We aim to deeply embed sustainability in the HSG culture and all our core activities including research, teaching, and our campus.

Happening now

Business-as-usual? – Not with Student Impact

Responsibility, commitment, encouragement – these are the three values which the members of Student Impact share. As a management consultancy at the University of St. Gallen, they support sustainable business ideas by advising socially or ecologically focused companies on various economic issues. Two of the members, Johannes Tschiderer and Nadine Heft, talk about sustainability consulting and what has motivated them for years to be involved in the association. Find out more about the student consultancy in this article: Student Impact

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 30. November 2021

Video-Series about Sustainability at HSG – Student Engagement

Student engagement has a long tradition at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) and is strongly supported. HSG students are involved in sustainability projects on campus, for example, or are committed to include additional sustainability topics such as sustainable finance in the HSG curriculum. Get more information about current student associations and their projects as well as how they are supported by the University of St. Gallen.

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 30. November 2021

The ECOnnect Challenge – associations become carbon neutral

The ECOnnect Challenge, a cooperation of the sustainability platform ECOnnect and the SHSG, encourages associations and initiatives at HSG to deal with the topic of carbon neutrality. Associations and initiatives have the chance to propose one concrete project idea how associations can become more carbon neutral. The winner of the challenges receives CHF 1`500 to implement the project idea.

The challenge was supported by Southpole, that provides tools to achieve a low-carbon reality, with a workshop about carbon neutrality. In this workshop students and associations had the chance to learn more about carbon neutrality in general and how their own associations can become more carbon neutral.

The next step will be the Jury Pitch, where Prof. Dr. Judith L. Walls, Prof. Moritz Loock, Sandra Ramme and the SHSG Board will find the winner of the ECOnnect Challenge. Associations and Initiatives can pitch their project idea during 5 minutes, followed by a Q&A.

Read more about the ECOnnect Challenge in this article: The ECOnnect Challenge

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 24. November 2021

Video-Series about Sustainability at HSG – HSG becoming CO2 neutral

The University of St. Gallen (HSG) is to become CO2 -neutral by 2030. In the second part of the video series “Sustainability at HSG”, employees and students report how they are contributing to this mission.

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 24. November 2021

Video-Series about Sustainability at HSG – An overview

The University of St. Gallen (HSG) is committed to contributing to a socially and environmentally sustainable economy and society. The aim is to embed sustainability in the HSG culture and all core activities including research, teaching, and campus.

This video explains in a nutshell what is happening and what are the future plans.

Author: Sandra Ramme

Date: 24. November 2021

HSG publishes the annual water report as a Blue University

HSG publishes a report on water consumption and the activities as a Blue University

The University of St.Gallen has been certified as a Blue University since September 2016. The certification took place together with the City of St.Gallen, the University of Education and the St.Gallen University of Applied Sciences. In this annual report, the HSG presents the activities as a Blue University during the last year.

Please find the report here: Blue Community Annual Report 2020 – 2021

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 29. July 2021

NZZ Prize for best HSG EMBA master thesis on Carbon Circular Economy

Dr. Helmut Leibinger won the NZZ Prize for his thesis on Carbon Circular Economy

Supervised by Prof. Dr. Moritz Look at the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG), Dr. Helmut Leibinger wrote his final thesis for the EMBA on Carbon Circular Economy. His work showed how Carbon Circular Economy will help us to meet the Paris Agreement by developing a Network-Business-Incubator. The thesis was recognized with the NZZ prize in July 2021.

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 22. July 2021

New Podcast: oikos and Student Impact won the International Green Gown Award

Congratulations to the two student organizations oikos and Student Impact who won the International Green Gown Award 2021.

oikos was rewarded in the category of Student Engagement. The judges were “blown away by the extent of student engagement and leadership from a truly ground-up student sustainability programme” and found our projects “impressive, with clear benefits to the students involved as well as the wider sustainability community”. The work of Student Impact was recognized as a “Highly Commended” initiative in the category “Next Generation Learning & Skills”, which focuses on “achievements in the development of academic courses, skills and capabilities relevant to sustainability”. The judges specifically lauded the “longevity and lasting impact of the project experience on students”.

Check out the HSG Student Podcast with oikos and Student Impact to learn more about their activities: https://hsg-student-podcast.captivate.fm/

Author: Tabea Bereuther

Date: 22. July 2021

Key facts

Our engagement and activites

Research
Teaching
Campus
Our contribution to the SDGs

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon in 2015 by the United Nations provide an overarching framework for addressing the world’s sustainability challenges. Find out more about the University of St. Gallen contribution to achieving the SGDs goals through our activities.

How students are shaping sustainability at HSG

Student engagement has always been a central part to campus life at the University of St.Gallen. There are several student associations that focus on sustainability and help shape the university’s sustainability activities.

Student Initiatives