Sustainability Concept

The jDPG adopted a sustainability concept on 08/28/20 to make a constructive contribution to sustainability.

More information about sustainability can be found on the A-Team Sustainability website. For questions or comments on the concept, feel free to contact the working team () or the Chair for University & Society (2020: ).

Preface

We as the young German Physical Society (jDPG) want to orient ourselves to the principle of sustainability. This declaration of intent shall provide a constructive framework for this in the form of a jDPG-wide sustainability concept.

In order to create a common basis for further discussions, our understanding of sustainability is first formulated. This is followed by a motivation for the jDPG and its individual members. Since we also want to take concrete action, we set ourselves some fundamental and annual goals. In order to work on these as efficiently as possible, approaches are explained in the Implementation section.

Based on the understanding in the jDPG that sustainability is fundamentally desirable and that we want to actively work towards it, this concept is intended to serve as a guide for sustainable action in the jDPG.

1. Understanding

We use the definition of sustainability from the Brundlandt Report as a basis for further elaboration:

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." [1]

This human-centered formulation incorporates ecological, social and economic aspects as a means to the end of satisfying needs. The consideration of today's needs is thereby perceived with careful consideration in relation to the needs of future generations.

Since sustainability runs through many areas of our society, the German Sustainability Code (DNK) is intended to serve as a guide [2]. It offers good ideas in the form of criteria, a subset of which may be helpful to the jDPG. These criteria include materiality, formulation of goals, resource management, climate-related emissions, and equity.

Due to the fact that sustainable development is intergenerational and intersocietal, there is a desire for our entire society to be oriented towards a sustainability system. Why we as jDPG in particular want to do our part for sustainability is described in the next section on motivation.

2. Motivation

We as jDPG would like to work for this sustainable development and see the opportunity to make an effective contribution to society here. As the largest and most active DPG association, we shape many thousands of meetings each year with our diverse offerings, where we provide orientation, create visibility for important issues, and thus help shape the future. With around 4,000 members, we are able to take the step from the work of the individual to the work of a group and thus come closer to the social goal of sustainable development.

We are convinced that as part of a physical professional society, we can enrich the community with our knowledge and our scientific perspective on sustainability. The anniversary year 2020 reminds us how we can help shape the DPG with our commitment and ideas and motivates us to be role models with regard to sustainability. In this way, we would like to give expression to the understanding in our statutes according to which "those working in science have a particularly high degree of responsibility for shaping the whole of human life." [3]

In order to concretize our desire to act, to express our ideas and wishes, and ultimately to enable their implementation, goals are formulated in the following section.

3. Goals

We want to set ourselves goals in order to concretize our common aspiration for sustainability. Basically, we want to reinforce sustainable development with our resources. This includes the following points, among others:

  • Designing events sustainably
  • Designing administration sustainably
  • Communication of sustainability jDPG-internally, externally and to the DPG

Since these processes cannot be implemented instantaneously, additional annual goals are defined and communicated by the Federal Executive Board (BuVo). This allows us to better record and evaluate our progress. In the first year, these are as follows:

  • Establish communication structures and workflows related to sustainability as described in this concept.
  • Establishment of shared knowledge regarding sustainability in a database according to 4.1
  • Identification of urgent fields of action for prioritization in the jDPG (e.g. reduction of greenhouse gases and completion of a CO2 calculator)
  • Stimulating discussion within the jDPG.

In the following and last section, we describe the implementation of our sustainability concept in order to be able to realize our goals.

4. Implementation

4.0 Introduction

Since sustainability according to the above definition is very comprehensive and far-reaching, it can sometimes be difficult to identify the "most sustainable" of the available options for action. As part of the DPG, we are convinced that this requires, beyond common sense, a factual and well-founded examination of the consequences of our actions on sustainable development. In order to achieve the goals we have set ourselves in this complex context, the approach to implementing our goals is explained below.

For this purpose, the actors involved as well as assistance and procedures are described below for the areas of knowledge, event organization, administration and communication.

4.1 Knowledge / Support

As part of the DPG, it is our self-image to pursue as scientific an approach as possible, also in the context of sustainability. In the implementation of our goals, we would like to proceed in a differentiating and well-founded manner. For this purpose, we would like to build up a database in which background knowledge and assistance for decisions in the sense of sustainability will be available. Suitable media for this are guides, information texts, source references and tools. A basic workflow for decisions on sustainability issues is also desired. The development of this database should be the task of the BuVo Office for Higher Education and Society (BuVoA HoGe) and the Sustainability Working Team (AT Nhk), with the support of all interested parties. In terms of knowledge transfer, this knowledge should be accessible to all via our website - within and also outside the jDPG.

The contact person for content-related questions on sustainability is the AT Nhk (), for questions on work processes and questions of an official nature it is the BuVoA HoGe (2020: ).

From the report parts described below on the sustainability of the Regional Groups (RGs), Working Teams (ATs) and the BuVos, as well as from the financial proposal contributions (see 4.2), an evaluation with assessment of the implementation of the objectives by the BuVos HoGe and AT Nhk should also take place annually.

4.2 Event Organization

Ob im Bereich Mobilität, Konsum, Kommunikation, o.ä. - die Organisation und Durchführung unserer Veranstaltungen hat einen (positiven sowie negativen) Einfluss auf die nachhaltige Entwicklung.

Wir als Organisierende dieser Veranstaltungen bemühen uns, sie im Sinne der Nachhaltigkeit durchzuführen. Dazu orientieren wir uns an den in 4.1 beschriebenen Hilfsmitteln, sofern verfügbar.

Als Motivation und Anschub sind die Veranstaltenden zusätzlich dazu angehalten in einem Feld des jDPG Finanzantrags kurz zu beschreiben, inwiefern Nachhaltigkeit gemäß unserem Verständnis bei der Veranstaltung berücksichtigt wird. Neben dem BuVo Amt für Finanzen (BuVoA Fi) soll auch das BuVoA HoGe sowie ggf. das Arbeitsteam Nachhaltigkeit (AT Nhk) die Beiträge lesen. Während die Genehmigung des Finanzantrages nicht von dem Ausfüllen des Feldes abhängt, soll es bei nicht-Ausfüllung oder offensichtlich nicht sinnvoller Ausfüllung direktes Feedback vom BuVoA Fi sowie ggf. von BuVoA HoGe und AT Nhk geben. Insbesondere in der Anfangsphase ist positive sowie konstruktive Kritik für die Veranstaltungsorganisierenden sinnvoll.

Mit der jährlichen Evaluation dieser Beiträge seitens des BuVoA HoGe und AT Nhk soll dies zudem dafür genutzt werden, Ideen für nachhaltiges Veranstaltungsmanagement zu sammeln, das Engagement für Nachhaltigkeit in der jDPG messbar zu machen sowie die Umsetzung der eigens gesteckten Ziele zu bewerten.

4.3 Administration

Neben der Veranstaltungsorganisation möchten wir auch die Administration der Regionalgruppen, der Arbeitsteams und des Bundesvorstands am Prinzip der Nachhaltigkeit orientieren. Dies liegt in den Händen der jeweiligen Vorsitzenden. Dazu gehört beispielsweise die Berücksichtigung von Chancengerechtigkeit, Ressourcenmanagement, klimarelevanten Emissionen etc. bei der Führung von Teams, der interne Kommunikation, Mobilität der Aktiven u.Ä.

Zur Messbarkeit der diesbezüglichen Anstrengungen soll im jährlichen RG-Bericht sowie im Bericht des BuVos die Nachhaltigkeit in der Administration in einem eigenen Abschnitt reflektiert werden.

In der oben beschriebenen Datenbank sollen Hilfestellungen hierfür vorliegen.

4.4 Communication

Da wir das Engagement für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung als gesamtgesellschaftliche Aufgabe sehen, möchten wir diesbezüglich verstärkt mit der Gesellschaft interagieren. Wir möchten unser Verständnis von Nachhaltigkeit in die DPG, an unsere Mitglieder und an Externe tragen und zur Auseinandersetzung mit Nachhaltigkeit anregen. Insbesondere der Austausch mit anderen Fachgesellschaften bietet die Chance von gegenseitigen Ideen zu profitieren.

Für die Kommunikation mit der DPG, den Mitgliedern und Externen ist der BuVo und insbesondere das BuVo Amt für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (BuVoA Öf) zuständig. Darüber hinaus liegt es in den Händen eines jeden Mitglieds, Nachhaltigkeit zu thematisieren.

Sources

[1] Brundlandt Report: Our Common Future  1987, page 41
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5987our-common-future.pdf

[2] Kriterien des Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitskodex, 2020,
https://www.deutscher-nachhaltigkeitskodex.de/de-DE/Home/DNK/Criteria

[3] Satzung der Deutschen Physiklischen Gesellschaft e.V. und Verhaltenskodex, 2020, §2.2,
https://www.dpg-physik.de/ueber-uns/profil-und-selbstverstaendnis/satzung-der-dpg