Blue University Zurich UZH

From the Sustainability Report 2023 of the University of Zurich UZH

The University of Zurich UZH joined the international Blue Community network in May 2022.

UZH would like to actively advocate for the four principles of Blue Community:

  1. Recognition of a right to water as a human right
  2. Water supply services remain in public hands
  3. Promoting the use of tap water (instead of bottled water).
  4. A Blue Community cultivates public partnerships with international partners.

UZH wants to contribute to the creation of awareness for these problems - this through research and teaching as well as through exemplary action in the company.

Research and teaching
UZH can play an important role in generating and communicating factual knowledge on topics relevant to Blue Community principles. For related activities, see also:

Department of Geography (including lecture by Maude Barlow, poster exhibition, book exhibition).
Competence Center Human Rights
Lecture series Sustainability Now!


In meetings and events of the UZH, tap water should be offered whenever possible and water in expensively transported containers should be avoided. There are already drinking water fountains in refectories and many other UZH buildings. If you are organizing an event, ask your caterer for carafes of tap water. The Sustainable Catering Guide provides more tips to reduce the environmental impact of catering.

Guide to Sustainable Catering (PDF, 239 KB)

Drinking water fountains at UZH (not exhaustive)

AFL, Affolternstrasse 56

E-001 (Mensa UZH Cityport)

BIN, Binzmühlestrasse 14

1-E13 (Mensa Binzmühle)

Aufenthaltsraum neben 2.A.22

BOT, Zollikerstrasse 107

0-41 (Cafeteria Botanischer Garten)

KOL, Rämistrasse 71

D-40 (Rondell)

Vor den Toiletten

MEN, Künstlergasse 10


A-15 (Mensa A)

B-15 (Mensa B)

PLM, Plattenstrasse 14

E-1 (Mensa Platte 14)

1-111 (Korridor)

RAA, Rämistrasse 59

E-04A (Mensa Rämi 59)

RAI, Rämistrasse 74

E-059 (Cafeteria Rämistrasse)

Y15, Winterthurerstrasse 190

H-99a (Bibliothek, vor den Toiletten)

Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190

M01  (Fakultätsachse)

Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190

L  (neben Kopierer, Mitte Fakultätsachse)

Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190

J  (Aufenthaltsraum, Mitte Fakultätsachse)

Y19, Winterthurerstrasse 190

G  (Mitte Fakultätsachse, links)

Y21, Winterthurerstrasse 190

H-62 (Mensa)

Y22, Winterthurerstrasse 190

G-61A (Cafeteria Seerose)

Y24, Winterthurerstrasse 190


Y42, Winterthurerstrasse 190

F-L (Fakultätsachsen)

Y44, Winterthurerstrasse 190

G-M (Fakultätsachsen)

Y63, Strickhofstrasse 35

Strickhof Brunnen

Irchel, 033


Do you know a drinking water well that is not listed? Then email us at


Chapter Water

Fresh Water Consumption

Fresh water consumption has been decreasing significantly since 2018 - after fluctuations in the meantime - despite the  increasing number of employees and students. The reduction from 2020 is due to the pandemic situation. To reduce fresh water consumption, UZH collects rainwater on  its rooftops, which is used for cooling as well as for toilets, fountains, animal stalls, and  gardens.


The UZH disposal guidelines regulate which substances may not be discharged via wastewater, but must be disposed of as hazardous waste via the Safety and Environment Department.
UZH Guidelines for the Treatment and Disposal of Waste at the University of Zurich

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