• Sustainability, Studies

Student project for more sustainable thinking and acting in everyday lifePlant a Seed: The campus as an urban field

A sustainable campus: to transform this ideal into something more concrete than a vision for the future, a committed group of students is breaking new ground – literally, and right in front of the Audimax in Munich. With "Plant a Seed" they want to turn the university into a seedbed for green growth. A participatory initiative in which teaching, research and active dialog on central issues of our society go hand in hand. And the raised beds on campus are just the beginning.

Successful Kick-off

The first potatoes, tomatoes, beans and the like are already growing in the raised beds in front of the Munich Audimax in the summer. In the video on Plant a Seed's Kick-Off , student Veronica Becker (Environmental Engineering) and her project team describe the path from idea to implementation - and show what their idea of sustainable transformation on campus looks like. For Becker, it was clear from the start: "We have the know-how, we have so many different degree programs. If they all work together, we can actually build a project like this."

The interdisciplinary project is supported by the TUM Sustainability Office and by teachers and researchers from various departments. That's because "Plant a Seed" offers plenty of material for theses and research projects by students from all disciplines. Lecturer Dr. Pamela Durán Díaz is enthusiastic: "It's fascinating and it’s related to many fields, it’s transdisciplinary. It’s getting our hands into the ground and working together to make a real change”. 

The project marks the launch of the first component of the Sustainable Living Labs, a student initiative that won an award at the first TUM Future Learning Initiative in 2020.

Technical University of Munich

Stefan Kögler - TUM Center for Study and Teaching
koegler(at)zv.tum.de