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Believe in Sustainability, Make the change

The University of Szeged is the greenest University in Hungary. Because of that we must lead the way in our country and show the people what they should do in order to be eco-friendly. On this webpage reports about the sustainability of our University can be found; including bad and good examples, too.

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Last year's achievments

We use the sun in every respect

Last year our solar cells provided 1 272 103 kWh electricity. This is 4.35% of our total usage.

Water is a cool stuff

1 859 167 kWh energy was generated last year by hydropower, which is 6.32% of our total usage.

We have power in the sky and under the ground

The core of our planet is such warm that we have to make it of use. Last year our geothermal machines produced 9 641 389 kWh energy. This is 32.98% of our total usage.

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43.65% clean energy

If we add all that together, this means that our electricity usage was covered in 43.65% by sustainable energy.

We shifted a gear up at sustainability

Our clean energy usage has grown 6%, while the CO2 footprint has been reduced by 489 metric tons

We invest in the future

To sum it up the future is sustainability. In 2017 we spent $475 751 on environmental and sustainability researches. That is $60 697 more than a year before.

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The greenest University in Hungary since 2010

When the Green Metric Ranking started in 2010, only 95 universities was comparing with each othe. Now this number is 619, and the University of Szeged still has been the greenest university in Hungary.

Recycling is the future of trash

At our university, you can find selective waste treatment. The organic waste stays inside the university, becasue our Botanical Garden composting it to use as soil. Here they also collect rainwater for flooding the nature.

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Events, where the sustainability is a keyword

More than 25 000 students are learning and more than 7 000 people working in our university. If you born in Szeged, the University can cover your whole life: your age does not matter, you can find an institution, which is related to us! Because of that, we believe in good progress, where you can start teaching sustainability at the nursery-school and even make some events at the university.

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Some of our Greatest Minds

If any student comes to me and says he wants to be useful to mankind and go into research to alleviate human suffering, I advise him to go into charity instead. Research wants real egotists who seek their own pleasure and satisfaction, but find it in solving the puzzles of nature.

Albert Szent-Györgyi

Nobel-Prize winner former Rector, University of Szeged

Loyal to the intellectual heritage of Albert Szent-Györgyi, we consider it important that our students should not only graduate, but also continue their journey of becoming intellectuals, and for this the city of Szeged offers a wide range of cultural and artistic programmes. Apart from providing the conditions for our students to obtain valuable knowledge and academic qualifications, we consider it a highly important task to help our students make use of their knowledge in the most effective way. Thanks to the steadily extending, fruitful national and international co-operations of the University, our graduates are well prepared to enter the labour market. Their careers serve as good examples for the future generations of Szeged students.

Prof. Dr. Gábor Szabó

Rector, University of Szeged

The University of Szeged is a well-known institution in our country, which means that our responsibility is high in terms of sustainability. Our main goal is to give knowledge and perspectives to the youth, and teach them how they can be successful and eco-friendly at the same time. In this Strategy we want to determinate the steps that it needs. The students, who choose us meets highly equiped buildings all over the city: selective trashcans, solar panels and solar cells can be found everywhere. Because we do not have a regular campus, which means that our buildings are all over the city, creating the possibility to get from A to B fast, save and eco-friendly, we installed bicycle storage to every building.

Green University Strategy of the University of Szeged

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