The Studierendenwerk Paderborn provides social services for approximately 25,000 students at the Paderborn campus and at the Hamm and Lippstadt College. For us, establishing the right conditions for affordable and successful studies are important, but we also find it important to adhere to social responsibilities by consciously implementing not only social, but also economic and ecologic standards.

Since the Studierendenwerk Paderborn manages large residential communities and dining facilities, which means a large resource input, we are comparable to a large company. We aim to keep environmental pollution caused by our operations down to a minimum. This is a task a lot of groups at the university are involved in – the students, our guests, the staff of the University of Paderborn and Hamm-Lippstadt College, and the Studierendenwerk Paderborn team.

Our main focus lies in saving and efficiently using energy, waste prevention, and social fairness.

The Studierendenwerk tries to establish long-term structures in its operation processes to achieve better protection of the environment.

But we are not alone in our commitment: Together with 9 other companies and institutions, we are a part of the project “ÖKOPROFIT” that is supported by the experts at the B.A.U.M Consult GmbH. With special regard to environmental protection, the project’s aim is to find solutions and implement measures to reduce costs. For example, workshops on environmental protection and energy management, workplace health and safety, and waste prevention provide the necessary know-how. All the partners of the “ÖKOPROFIT” project exchange information on a regular basis and we are advised by experts from “ÖKOPROFIT” after on-site inspections.

There are two main focuses in our overall aims: technical improvements and the enhancement in our operating processes.

Concrete Measures

Climate protection can already start with the small things. Through many small, quick and, in part, cost-neutral measures a lot can be achieved with minimum resources. Climate protection on the campuses in Lippstadt, Paderborn and Hamm concretely means the:

  • Reduction of the amount of electricity needed for lighting thanks to the conversion of the Pub into the GrillICafé.
  • Reduction of paper cups by using 4,000 Fairtrade porcelain cups 
  • Replacement of old gas heaters in the residential halls Peter-Hille-Weg 11 and 13 with cogeneration units. With these units, CO2-free electricity can be generated and fed to the power supply of the residence halls in addition to the actual task of heating. 
  • Replacement of standard bulbs to LEDs in the residence halls and cafeterias.
  • Conversion of electricity in the residence halls in Paderborn to 100% hydroelectricity. (saving 438 tons of CO2 a year for 1,322 accommodations in Paderborn)
  • Refitting of “Behörden” valves with freely accessible radiators in the residence halls.
  • Installation of motion detectors in the basement and basement hallways of the residence halls.
  • For 239 housing units in Paderborn and another 98 housing units in Lippstadt, the electricity and water consumption is billed individually for every single housing unit. In future, individual billing is planned for the remaining 1,128 units. Thus, individual consumption will be transparent for the tenants. Initially, this step was by no means a cost-cutting measure for the Studierendenwerk Paderborn, but rather required an investment in the necessary technical devices, such as electricity and water meters. In the interest of sustainability of the residence halls and having a cost efficient operation, however, it is a crucial step that allows students to not only conserve energy, but also to save money. 
  • Use of a network printer in the administration office, as well as switching to double-sided printing and recycled paper.
  • Promotion of the economic use of resources in participating university groups. For example, by supporting the campaign "too good for the bin!" of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and  making technical changes to the emergency door system in the residence halls so that they are only  used in an emergency and not constantly propped open. 

Measures in testing

In the area of technical measures and work process-related measures, further points were identified in Paderborn and Hamm-Lippstadt:

  • The building management routinely checks possible technical measures that can contribute to saving energy and protecting the environment.  

Charging Station at Mersinweg 4

E-mobility is the future and is a technology that we support by helping to improve the charging infrastructure, since there are still few charging options available.

That is why we have provided an area in the administration building parking lot at Mersinweg 2.

Here are 3 FAQs about the charging station:

  • What does a "customer" pay at this charging station?
    The charges vary, depending on which ChargeCard you have. With the E.ON ChargeCard you pay € 5.95 per charge. You also have to pay a basic fee of € 4.95 per month. With cards from other providers, charges will depend on the respective agreements. Some providers may also charge a roaming fee per charge.
    If paying by credit card by scanning the QR code, the fee is € 7.95 per charge.
  • What billing options are available?
    You can pay with the ChargeCard and / or the app. Direct payment via a credit card QR code is also possible.
  • How can you find a charging station? Is it displayed in an app?
    The charging station is located at the parking lot of the Studierendenwerk Paderborn (Mersinweg 4 in 33100 Paderborn) parking lot Studierendenwerk Paderborn).
    It´s displayed in the E.ON Drive App ( ).