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Mission & vision statement

What we stand for

Our vision is a climate-neutral Austria in a climate-friendly world. With scientific expertise and great passion, we work on making climate neutrality tangible and a reality for our customers and partners.

We provide companies, institutions, and civil society with independent expert information, advice, and tried-and-tested tools to successfully facilitate climate protection. In this way, we help to set the course towards a sustainable society in Austria and abroad.

Our team

The following employees of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna are currently active with the GradWanderer. From long-time professionals to dedicated students, the range of employees is highly diverse! Together we share the joy in our work and our ambition for climate neutrality.

Our team culture is characterised by active participation and respect within a flat hierarchies with a self-determined approach. Collaboration at eye level is essential for us; hence we also embody this in our dealings with our customers.

Wissenschaftliche Projektmitarbeiterin, mehrjährige Erfahrung im Projektmanagement und der Konzipierung von Klima- und Energiestrategien

Sarah Siemers

DI Sarah Siemers

30 Jahre Forschungserfahrung im Bereich biologische Landwirtschaft, CO2-accounting, sustainable nutrition, sustainable development.

Thomas Lindenthal

Dr. Thomas Lindenthal

Several years of experience in CO2-accounting and calculating emissions. Expertise in consulting projects, project management, and municipal climate measures.

Sascha Mohnke II

DI Sascha Mohnke

Wir trauern um unseren lieben Kollegen und Freund.

Dominik Schmitz

In liebevoller Erinnerung Dominik Schmitz

BSc. Umwelt- und Bioressourcenmanagement, studentische Mitarbeiterin, ehemalige FUJ-Praktikantin, Erfahrung rund um CO2-Bilanzierung mit Schulen (Projekt makingAchange)

Vivienne Roxane Pirker

Vivienne Pirker

Praktikantin im Rahmen des freiwilligen Umweltjahres Bsc. Umwelt- und Bioressourcenmanagement Erfahrung im Bereich Klimakommunikation und Projektmanagement

Sigrid Karl

Sigrid Karl

Mehrjährige Tätigkeit im Feld Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit auf lokaler, nationaler und internationaler Ebene. Projekt- und Kampagnen-Erfahrung in den Bereichen Klimaschutz, Kreislaufwirtschaft, Partizipation sowie EU-Handelspolitik.

Joachim Thaler

Joachim Thaler, MA

Our history

2010
An innovation is born at BOKU
Our history begins in 2010 with the establishment of the BOKU CO2-compensation system. At that time, the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna was and still is the only university to implement and support its own climate protection projects. The original idea was to offset emissions from necessary flights by BOKU staff and students. The first project with which we kicked off our venture was a reforestation project in North-Gondar, Ethiopia.
2010
2014
Growing external interest
Soon, private individuals and companies also began to take interest in the possibility of CO2-compensation. To date, we have been able to successfully launch numerous climate mitigation initiatives thanks to the many donations received. Our scientific advisory board has supported us in the selection of the projects from the very beginning.
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2014
2019
Expansion towards climate neutrality
Particularly after the adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement, the demand for climate neutrality and solutions for achieving it in companies and organisations increased. Therefore, we expanded our services at the beginning of 2020: we now also offer consultation for organisations when it comes to reducing their individual emissions, as well as knowledge transfer in the area of climate neutrality. This expansion process was accompanied by a new name and the launch of a new website.
2019

WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE

Our goals

Raising climate awareness

Mitgestaltung von Standards, Richtlinien und Normen zu Klimaneutralität, um KundInnen, PartnerInnen und die (Fach-) Öffentlichkeit dazu zu sensibilisieren

Enabling climate neutrality

Developing know-how and tools for achieving climate neutrality and disseminate knowledge on to our customers through consultation

 

Supporting climate mitigation and offsetting projects

Developing climate mitigation projects in countries in the Global South in compliance with the highest social, ecological, and ethical standards, while financing them through compensation payments

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