Since its foundation, the Wuppertal Institute has been eager to make sustainability and environmental protection vital aspects of the building and the daily working routine of its employees.
When the building had to be extended in 1998, this was done at the highest efficiency standards for office buildings. The roof is adorned by a solar system, which – together with efficient lighting – has been financed by an employees' energy-saving contracting. Coffee and tea are fair trade products and commuting by public transport is supported by the Jobticket.
Since 2010, the working group Sustainability Management has initiated and coordinated many activities in the field of sustainability. The working group has systematically taken stock of the status quo and continuously taken action in the central fields of energy, mobility and purchase. Furthermore, the working group also supervises the internal sustainability communication, so as to broadly integrate the staff. The exchange of experience on sustainability management with other institutions of the Ecornet is part of the working group’s activities as well.