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Future peace and prosperity will no longer be within our reach, if we in Germany do not commit more resolutely to greater sustainability and channel all our energy into making it happen – be it in politics, business, science or civil society.

Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the Council

Marlehn Thieme

The principle of sustainability is the only option for responsible global action; it protects our eco-systems and thus ensures the survival of generations to come.

Olaf Tschimpke, Deputy Chairman of the Council

Olaf Tschimpke

Measuring sustainability and identifying interrelationships are major success factors for anchoring this topic in companies and on capital markets.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Alexander Bassen

Avoiding past mistakes means pointing progress in the right direction: the principle of sustainable development is a good compass for technical and social innovations at local, national and global level.

Ulla Burchardt, Member of the Council

Ulla Burchardt

The global sustainability and climate protection goals are the long-term milestones. Now we have to engage in an honest discussion about what the state, private sector and citizens can and must do to achieve them.

Kathrin Menges, Member of the Council

Kathrin Menges

The energy revolution has greatly reduced the costs of green electricity, so it is competitive at international level and helps to achieve the global sustainability goals without additional CO2 emissions.

Alexander Müller, Member of the Council

Alexander Müller

The idea of sustainability is at the core of a viable, innovative economy and is vital for a society that aims to safeguard quality of life in the long term. That is why the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – must be considered together.

Katherina Reiche, Member of the Council

Katherina Reiche

Make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Lucia A. Reisch

Sustainable development requires to find as much common ground as possible but also to accept differences.

Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Member of the Council

Dr. Werner Schnappauf

Today, sustainable development requires an agenda which explicitly links global and national goals and policies and thus gives global cooperation a strong push forward.

Dr. Imme Scholz, Member of the Council

Dr. Imme Scholz

In forest science, we learned how important the sustainable management of natural resources is centuries ago. Empirical knowledge, openness to new things and humility in the face of nature can help other sectors, too.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schraml

Cities, even more so than today, will become hubs of technological and social development in the future. All the more important are efforts to encourage the sustainable development of our cities.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuster

We need to make bold political decisions that reward growth less and sustainability more and that encourage the common good instead of profit-seeking.

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Member of the Council

Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger

The UN Sustainable Development Goals present the vision of a fundamental socio-ecological transformation. They are not a specialist task for development or environmental policy, but are binding for all cabinet members.

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the Council

Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul


Network hubs: project countries and partners

The four RENNs currently resort to a network comprising 18 partners from 15 Länder (Federal States).

RENN.central and RENN.south commenced their activities on 1 October 2016; RENN.north and RENN.west on 1 November 2016 (following a non-binding commitment to fund).


Reponsible for: Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony, and Schleswig-Holstein

Lead manager: Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald, Lv. Hamburg (SDW) e.V.

Partners: Akademie für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (ANE), Bildungszentrum für Natur, Umwelt und ländliche Räume des Landes Schleswig-Holstein (BNUR), Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Niedersachsen GmbH mit dem Verein Niedersächsischer Bildungsinitiativen e.V. (VNB)

Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald, Lv. Hamburg (SDW) e.V.
Am Inselpark 19, 21109 Hamburg
Hartmut Eckert
+49 (40) 302156509


Responsible for: Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia

Lead manager: Zukunftsfähiges Thüringen e.V.

Partners: Berlin 21 e.V., Brandenburg 21 e.V., CivixX-Werkstatt für Zivilgesellschaft , Netzwerk Zukunft Sachsen Anhalt e.V.

Zukunftsfähiges Thüringen e. V.
Schönbrunnstraße 8, 99310 Arnstadt
Josef Ahlke
+49 (361) 43020322


Responsible for: Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg

Lead manager: Nachhaltigkeitsbüro der Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz (LUBW) Baden-Württemberg

Partners: Landesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement Bayern (LBE) e. V.

Nachhaltigkeitsbüro der Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz (LUBW) Baden-Württemberg
Griesbachstr. 1, 76185 Karlsruhe
Gerd Oelsner
+49 (721) 56001450


Responsible for: Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rheinland-Palatinate and Saarland

Lead manager: Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Agenda 21 NRW (LAG 21) e.V.

Partner: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Natur- und Umweltbildung (ANU) Landesverband Hessen e.V., Energieagentur Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH, Entwicklungspolitisches Landesnetzwerk Rheinland-Pfalz (ELAN) e.V., Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen (EAO) gGmbH, Germanwatch e.V., Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld der Hochschule Trier

Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Agenda 21 NRW (LAG 21) e. V.
Deutsche Str. 10, 44339 Dortmund
Dr. Klaus Reuter
+49 (231) 93696010

RENN coordination centre

The RENN coordination centre at RNE perceives its role as a “supra-regional hub” and service provider. It furthers the nationwide impact of the project and evaluates – at the request of the grant provider – how the work at the four RENNs is progressing.


Project manager

Sabine Gerhardt
RENN coordination centre
German Council for Sustainable Development
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10, 10785 Berlin
T +49 (0) 30 338424-861

Project assistant

Donata Caspar
German Council for Sustainable Development
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10, 10785 Berlin
T +49 (0) 30 338424-634

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