“Plant a Seed” is a unique interdisciplinary educational project for sustainability at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The intention is to advance sustainable measures and create a template for other universities to emulate. Under a water-energy-food-nexus framework, the small-scale campus garden located within the dense urban environment aims to create campus- to nation-wide networks to raise awareness around:
- sustainable consumption and production
- conservation of biodiversity
- importance of green spaces in cities for human health
- microclimate mitigation
- food sovereignty
TUM’s human resources and academic expertise of different departments will transform this project into an educational and transdisciplinary multi-level approach while promoting exchange across generations, disciplines, and cultures. The project is complemented by scientific research where students can apply their theoretical knowledge to develop practical, sustainable strategies in theses. In addition, the gardens will be used as an instrument to pilot circular economy concepts within the urban university.
Students can now gain credits and even work on study projects and their thesis with Plant a Seed!