Out and about sustainably in Bern (2nd edition)

Steinböck, C.; Theiler, R.; Leng, M.; Trechsel, L. J. (2023). Out and about sustainably in Bern (2nd edition). Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, with Bern Open Publishing (BOP)

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How we get around, what we consume, how we live – our behaviour and our decisions shape our environment.

This booklet invites you, as a student at the University of Bern, to think about what you need for a good, satisfying life. It follows the sufficiency approach, which emphasizes wealth in time and space over wealth in goods and money. In chapters titled “Sustainable development”, “Getting around”, “Eating & drinking”, “At home”, “Conscious consumption”, and “Culture & events” we have gathered together useful facts, ideas, and tips. In the city of Bern, there are numerous innovative stores, eateries, organizations, and associations that are committed to promoting a sustainable lifestyle. You will find a selection of them in the following pages. And while some of the links lead to German-only websites, most people in Bern speak two or three additional languages, so don’t let the German deter you from getting in touch. (Many of the references are in German, too – but note that Swiss sources are often also available in French, and sometimes in Italian.)

Self-experiments are included to stimulate your creativity and inspire you to try something unfamiliar, develop new habits, and integrate them in your everyday life. The information in this booklet is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to always reflect critically on the tips we offer, considering them in relation to your own opportunities and needs. Realizing sustainable lifestyles at the societal level is not easy, but your own (consumer) behaviour can make an important contribution.
This booklet can accompany you in your everyday life as a student in Bern, give you fresh food for thought, encourage you to think independently, inspire you to try new things, and illustrate how to practise a lifestyle that benefits you and your environment at the same time.

We hope you enjoy trying things out and developing creative ideas!

This booklet wants to...
…give you, as a student at the University of Bern, insights into topics of sustainable development and sufficiency in particular,
…inspire you to try things out in self-experiments, possibly develop some new habits, and integrate them into your everyday life,
…introduce you to businesses and initiatives in Bern that are committed to sustainable development,
…show you how and where you can get involved in sustainable development.

This booklet doesn’t want to...
…claim to be complete. There are definitely other local businesses and initiatives committed to sustainable development that are not mentioned here. This book merely offers a selection,
…be a scientific publication,
…show the only true path to sustainable development. You should always critically reflect on the tips and suggestions we offer.

Item Type:



10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Steinböck, Camilla Maria, Leng, Marion, Trechsel, Lilian Julia


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology


Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, with Bern Open Publishing (BOP)


[807] Uni Bern, Projekt 7.9 (Bildung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung)
[634] Education for Sustainable Development: World Nature Forum
[806] Education for Sustainable Development




Melchior Peter Nussbaumer

Date Deposited:

13 Sep 2023 10:42

Last Modified:

13 Sep 2023 10:42

Additional Information:

1st edition 2021





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