Umweltlifeguide – English

With the Umweltlifeguide, we want to give students in particular – but of course everyone else in Munich as well – a helping hand to make their lives more sustainable!

The aim is to explain briefly and snappily with lots of charts what can be done and which actions have the greatest impact in everyday life.

The Sustainable City Map offers the perfect addition to directly find stores, places & initiatives in Munich, with the help of which you can make your everyday life greener!

Our sustainable city map is now part of the Future Mapstarted by the Future Cooperative Munich. Together we want to find more sustainable places in Munich and make it easier for you to find them as well!

In this city map you will find places in Munich that make sustainable living easier for you. You will find grocery stores, shopping opportunities, restaurants, but also environmental initiatives and insurance companies in your area. Bike repair stations, repair cafés and the locations of recycling centers as well as public bookcases are also listed.

What is the purpose of the Umweltlifeguide?

Global warming and the climate crisis pose serious problems for us humans. Thanks to louder and louder warnings from experts and movements like FridaysForFuture, hardly anyone is in doubt about this anymore. But a lot of people ask themselves what they can do and how they can contribute to change. It is not so easy to find answers to these questions and concrete tips for a more sustainable life.

In this environmental lifeguide, we want to show you how you can have an impact, starting with small changes in your everyday life. But it’s not only about protecting the environment. We also want you to save money and, most importantly, time in a sustainable way. If you think for example about quality and durability before making a major purchase, you’ll not only contribute to saving resources, but you’ll also save money in the long term and won’t have to worry about this purchase for quite some time.

Implementing sustainability is easier said than done; we are aware of that. That’s why it’s all the more important to keep in mind that every conscious step in the right direction counts.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

Robert Swan

The topics of the Umweltlifeguide

We have based the topics of the Umweltlifeguide on the CO2 calculator of the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and have also included a few other important topics that this calculator does not mention. In the following chapters, we want to introduce you to the different areas in which you can take measures towards a more sustainable everyday life and compare which measures have the greatest impact.

The first step to a more sustainable lifestyle is to calculate your personal carbon footprint. This will give you a better idea of how sustainably you live are and where there is room for improvement. Underneath is the average footprint of a German citizen for illustration. By making simple changes in your everyday life, you can reduce your carbon footprint by almost half.

It’s best to take a few topics where you are ready to implement changes and then venture further.

Who is behind the Umweltlifeguide?

Referat für Umwelt der SV der TUM

We are the Department for Environment of the Student Council of TUM.  Besides organizing the lecture series ‘Ringvorlesung Umwelt’ at the TUM campus in the city center and in Garching, we generally want to strengthen environmental awareness and sustainability at the TU. We organize many projects and various events such as our clothing swap parties. If you want to learn more about us, feel free to check out our homepage. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Umweltlifeguide, but also in general, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Umweltreferat der SV der LMU

We are the environmental department of the LMU Student Council.  True to the motto: “Think global, act local!” it is our goal to make the LMU an excellent university also in terms of environmental protection. Therefore, we deal with a wide variety of topics such as energy, waste disposal, recycling and nutrition. As an example, one of our most recent projects is a reusable cup system in cooperation with the Studentenwerk to fight the wear and tear of disposable cups! If you would like to get involved with environmental protection at LMU and have further ideas, please contact us at