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University of Bayreuth, Media Release No. 054/2021 - April 30th 2021

The green campus to become even greener: Sponsorship programme for UBTrees kicks off

A good dozen new trees will be greening the campus of the University of Bayreuth in the future. The special thing about them is that most have been donated by professors at the University of Bayreuth. In future, graduates, staff, and students of the University can also take personal responsibility for a sustainable campus. The next round of UBTrees sponsorship is to start in autumn. The trees for the planting campaign were specifically selected to complement their respective locations from an ecological point of view.

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Former President Helmut Ruppert (front) is the first tree sponsor; he was presented with a UBTree for his 80th birthday. Here in the picture with his successor Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible (back), who also took over a sponsorship for a UBTree, and Prof. Dr. Frank Döpper (centre), initiator of the UBTRees.

As one of the first universities in the Free State of Bavaria to do so, the University of Bayreuth has adopted a sustainability strategy at management level. This enshrines the issue of sustainability not just in science and research, but also in its own organisational actions. The ultimate goal is climate neutrality. In order to achieve this, innovative overarching concepts and processes on campus are to be developed and advanced to the benefit of sustainability, while knowledge and awareness of sustainability among university staff is to be heightened. This is the context in which the UBTree tree sponsorship programme has come into being.

The idea was Prof. Dr. Frank Döpper’s, Chair of Manufacturing & Remanufacturing Technology, and involves planting and care sponsorship. The purchase of a tree is supported by the UBTree sponsor to the tune of € 400, while subsequent maintenance sponsorship costs € 50 per year. "With this sponsorship, donors are making a small but valuable contribution to effectively counteracting climate change," says Döpper. University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible adds: "At the same time, they are supporting the University of Bayreuth in achieving its own ambitious sustainability goals."

Commitment to flora on campus has a strong tradition at the University of Bayreuth. For example, a meadow orchard has already been created through the private commitment of Thomas Dabisch, and flowering plant beds have been financed by Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch.

Prof. Dr. Frank Döpper (left) and gardener Jürgen Franke from the Central Technology Department of the UBT at the UBTree donated by Döpper, a sweet chestnut.

The following tree species were selected with the expert advice of management at the Ecological Botanical Garden (ÖBG) at the University of Bayreuth: the American sweet gum, European Turkey oak, field maple, wild service tree, European chestnut, sorb tree, ginko, European holly, golden rain tree, French maple, and Italian maple. "It may come as a surprise that not all of these are native species," explains Gregor Aas, Head of ÖBG: "Numerous studies show that many of the tree species currently growing in our cities are poorly adapted to climate change. This is true of birch trees, for example. These are currently suffering hugely on campus. 

In fact, the number of native tree species suitable for planting in the city is actually very limited. We have selected tree species that we can expect (although there are never guarantees!) to withstand moderate climate change. I am convinced that through a well-considered and informed choice of tree species, our campus can be a model for other urban areas." 

More information here:https://www.greencampus.uni-bayreuth.de/de/projekte/_ubtrees/index.html.

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Maren BraunPersonal Assistant to the President

Phone: 0921 / 55-5202
E-Mail: maren.gruber@uni-bayreuth.de

Zentrale Universitätsverwaltung (ZUV), Büro 2.28
Universitätsstr. 30, 95447 Bayreuth

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Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5300
E-mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de