Challenge Sustainability

Our Understanding of Sustainability


It is the foundation of sustainable development to live and work in a way that we do not exceed the limits of our planet’s ecological capacities. In addition, our social and economic system must be designed in a just and resilient way.

Universities Bear Special Responsibility.

They provide contributions for the advancement of these concepts, are trailblazers, and give impetus to ideas and strategies for sustainable developments in society.

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Faces this Responsibility.

This crystallizes on three central action levels:

  • Sustainability and its social relevance are essential issues for BOKU research
  • Sustainability is a vital issue in university teaching
  • Sustainability is put into practice as an institutional principle at BOKU

These pages provide information on those measures and initiatives in the field of sustainability that have already been realized at our university.

BOKU Strategy for Sustainability

As one of the first universities in Austria, BOKU -as University of Life- has developed a strategy for sustainability in 2014-2018. Information on the BOKU sustainability strategy 2019-2024 can be found here.

Centre for Global Change and Sustainability

The Centre for Global Change and Sustainability promotes sustainability at BOKU and supports cooperation and research in the field of Global Change and sustainability.

Competence Centre for Climate Neutrality

The BOKU-based centre for compensation of greenhouse gas emissions is available to individuals, companies, public and private institutions, associations and other legal entities outside BOKU and provides them with calculations and compensation for flight-related CO2 emissions.


Sustainability Report

After BOKU's Strategy for Sustainability has been revised in 2019, the university set a next important step and developed the first Sustainability Report in 2019. The Sustainability Report 2020 will be published soon!

Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria

The Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria is a national association of currently nine Austrian universities that advocate sustainability.