Areas of action and focus priorities
Sustainable development is implemented at BFH in four fields of action:
Research for a sustainable future
At the BFH, sustainability research is not understood as a discipline in its own right, but as a research field in the sense of a cross-cutting issue that is addressed in disciplinary as well as in inter- and transdisciplinary research.
Education for sustainable development
The sustainability-oriented concept of competences encompasses not only knowledge and skills but also corresponding attitudes. Future skills, data science, digital tools and soft skills such as social competence, creativity and communication are central elements of sustainable education at BFH.
Sustainable university operations
BFH designs its operations ecologically, socially and economically. By signing the Climate Emergency Letter (new "Race to Zero for Universities an Colleges") and the corresponding strategy goals, the BFH is striving for climate neutrality in 2030. A corresponding roadmap for climate neutrality is currently being prepared, in which the necessary, realisable measures will be defined.
BFH is a Founding Partner of Nature Positive Universities, a growing UNEP network of over 400 higher education institutions around the world that promote and preserve intact nature on campuses, in supply chains and in cities and communities.
A mutual, partnership-based exchange of knowledge, ideas, experience, innovations and technologies with other universities and partners and decision-makers from politics and administration, civil society and the private sector, but also internally with staff and students, is a central concern of the BFH.
The BFH concentrates on 4 focus priorities that require comprehensive social change, are of particular relevance to Switzerland and can be addressed in a transdisciplinary manner.