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Sustainability in focus

Photo Prof. Dr. Christiane Pott © Aliona Kardash ​/​ TU Dortmund

Professor Pott has been nominated sustainability officer at the department.

Sustainable action has been one of the operational and strategic goals of TU Dortmund University for many years. Sustainability is understood as a joint task in research and teaching, science and administration. This task is coordinated by the newly created Sustainability Office of TU Dortmund University, which supports the existing Sustainability Working Group in the implementation of transparent sustainability communication and the initiation and implementation of sustainable projects. This commitment is now also being taken up by the Department of Business and Economics, which has appointed its first sustainability officer in the person of Professor Christiane Pott.

Professor Pott, only a few faculties at TU Dortmund University have had their own sustainability officer to date. Why do you think it is important to bring the topic from the university administration into the faculties?

Sustainability touches every area of life. Hopefully, everyone is looking for and finding ways to act sustainably in small ways. Whether it's turning off the faucet faster, using reusable products, and more. For the most part, we are automatically focused on the ecological aspect of sustainability. Beyond that, of course, we should also keep the social aspect in mind by getting involved even if we don't expect any personal return. To this end, the European Commission is establishing mechanisms for market participation in order to bring about a kind of circular effect. In simplified terms, you could say that sustainable action is first triggered by regulation, then rewarded so that it pays off. Motivated by the European and in general social debate as well as by the clear signal of the TU Dortmund by establishing a sustainability office, we should also as a department give more space to this important topic. I see myself as an interface between the administration and our department, but I would also like interested students to approach me with ideas.

What would you like to achieve as the department's sustainability officer and how can each individual department member make a meaningful contribution to this important issue?

I would like to raise awareness about sustainability and bring possible projects to the department. For example, we are working in the Sustainability Taskforce on returning technology that is no longer in use, such as stand-alone computers or monitors, to the usage cycle. This is also conceivable for furniture. Even if these measures seem small, they have a signal effect and will hopefully find imitators. I would like to see everyone questioning whether new purchases are necessary. In this context, I consider the use of paper to be often useless and would like to see fewer printouts with a view to saving resources.

Information on sustainability at the TU Dortmund University

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

 

The departments of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Streetnavigation from and to TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)