Living, learning and working in a special place. The Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, a campus of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, is one of the special university campuses in Germany and offers students an interdisciplinary course of study at a unique "Zero Emission University", which, in addition to an ecological construction concept, also has a CO2-neutral energy and heat supply and state-of-the-art building and plant technology. Founded in 1996, the campus is one of the most successful conversion projects in Rhineland-Palatinate. A former reserve military hospital of the American armed forces was transformed into a university campus with exemplary environmental technology.
With the focus on "environment", students are offered a future-oriented education in the two fields of environmental planning/technology and environmental economy/law. The concept of environment and sustainability forms the thematic link within the study programmes and promotes intensive and interdisciplinary cooperation between individual disciplines. The networking of ecological, economic, technical and social concerns enables students to analyse and optimise complex systems in their later work. In the practice-oriented education, students have the opportunity to test their theoretical knowledge in regional companies as well as in one of the numerous research institutions at the Environmental Campus. The aim of the training at the Umwelt-Campus is to be close to practical experience and at the same time to combine the studies with innovative and research-related topics. The campus is internationally networked, with the strength of strong, regional roots. The students come from all over the world to Hoppstädten-Weiersbach - due to the groundbreaking and future-oriented education.
All people on campus are united by a special "we-feeling" that inspires teaching, learning and working. Over 750 dormitory places directly on the campus make the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld an academic village in which everybody knows each other. The campus thus offers a unique workplace for different areas such as research, teaching, administration and technology.
In 1993, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate made the forward-looking decision to establish the Environmental Campus in Birkenfeld/Neubrücke as a new location for the Trier University of Applied Sciences. Until 1992, the property of the Umwelt-Campus had served as a site for a reserve military hospital of the American armed forces in Germany. The campus model is based on the "residential campus" known from American universities, which combines living, learning and working in one place.
In 1994, the conversion work began, during which modern seminar rooms, lecture halls, laboratories and a comprehensive infrastructure were gradually created.
The success was not long in coming: instead of the expected 175 students, more than 550 students stormed the campus when it opened in 1996. The founding professors Prof. Dr. Eulenstein, Prof. Dr. Köhler and Prof. Dr. Bronder rightly believed that the campus would soon become something "special".
A special feature of the campus established itself very early on: the so-called "Flying Days". These introductory events for freshmen are held regularly to this day and make a major contribution to a flying start to your studies.
In 1998, the next construction phase began with the construction of the new central building, which was handed over in 2001 as the new central building and still bears the name today.
From the very beginning it became clear that communication is our strength. And we are constantly expanding it. Opened in 2012, the communication building offers generous space for a campus cinema and countless events - in other words, for everything our students can think of to have fun. The building concept blends seamlessly into the existing structure of the campus grounds. On the one hand, it is part of the entrance axis of the central new building, which houses most of the lecture rooms and the library. On the other hand, there is also a connection between the "Learning, Working and Living" areas on campus.
The newest building is the sports hall, which was inaugurated in January 2015 and has been in use since the winter semester 2016/2017. The Zweifeldhalle is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is 50 metres long and 35 metres wide. The building is equipped with a photovoltaic system. Rainwater, grey water and yellow water are also separated and can be used for further purposes. The ultra-modern air-conditioning technology also serves the university for study purposes.
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