Recent "ETH-News" on Sustainability
17.07.2017 | ETH News
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
If European countries cooperated better in the field of wind energy, wind power output would fluctuate less. This is the conclusion reached by a group of energy and climate researchers at ETH Zürich and Imperial College London, who for the first time have combined a long-term analysis of predominant weather patterns with Europe-wide wind electricity generation. Read more
14.07.2017 | ETH News
Mountain forests don’t need humans – but we need them
Forests in the mountain regions of our planet are fragile ecosystems, suffering from the impact of climate change. However, to survive in the long-term, these ecosystems do not need human intervention. It is rather the humans in the mountain regions who depend on healthy forests and the protection they provide. Read more
10.07.2017 | ETH News
Smart technology needs smart users
What’s the point of smart assistants and intelligent electricity meters if people don’t use them correctly? In order to cope with the energy transition, we need a combination of digital technologies and smart user behaviour – and the social sciences can help. Read more
Other Sustainability News
New ETH Zurich Sustainability Report 2015/2016 published
27 April 2017 - ETH Zurich publishes its new Sustainability Report, which outlines how the university integrates the principle of sustainability into its core activities. It is structured into four chapters: Research, Education, Campus, and Dialog with society. The report is in accordance with the international reporting frameworks of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the ISCN/GULF Sustainable Campus Charter. For the first time, the Sustainability Report is jointly published with the Annual Report of ETH Zurich. More information
Bike repair shop now open at ETH Zurich
The DYI bike repair shop at ETH Zurich’s main building offers ETH-affiliates opportunities to get a grip on their own bikes. All necessary tools to do so can be found at Töffligarage (Töga) at the main building, entrance via Tannenstrasse at the tramstation ETH/Universitäts-spital. Aside from the access to tools, the repair shop is intended to foster exchange and learning all around bikes.
ETH-EPFL Summer School 2017 «Catchment Transport Processes»
From July 2-7 2017, ETH Zurich and EPFL will jointly hold a summer school on transport processes in hydrology. Participants will learn about physical and chemical processes occurring in the generation and transport of nutrients, data analysis, and modeling techniques. The summer school includes a workshop with case studies and a one day field trip to an experimental catchment in Switzerland. Application deadline is April 30.
Guideline Sustainable Catering
ETH Zurich has developed a planning tool (in German) for sustainable catering events in collaboration with University of Zurich (UZH). This guideline aims to support planners at ETH and UZH in organizing receptions and similar events in a sustainable fashion. It is based on criteria for sustainable catering and suggestions on how to avoid food waste.
The study program MAS ETH in «Future Transport Systems»
The new study program MAS ETH in «Future Transport Systems» started successfully in January 2017. The program is designed specifically for professionals in the transportation sector and related fields. It focuses on developing and implementing strategies and solutions for sustainable mobility systems. Starting with the Module Basics in January, the class explored case studies related to autonomous driving, a prevalent and central topic for future transport questions. Moreover, participants got first-hand insights from Prof. Emilio Frazzoli, an ETH expert in this field. The next «CAS Technology Potential» will begin on September 4. Registration is now open until April 30.
For more information, contact or visit the program website.