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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


24 April 2017 | News

Showcasing national and local initiatives to promote sustainability in Germany

The German Council for Sustainable Development has published its 2017 Sustainability Almanac online. The almanac highlights specific projects and initiatives implemented by local authorities, government bodies and the private sector to demonstrate where the transformation towards a more ecological and caring society is already in full swing.

Image: Detail of the cover of the German Almanac of Sustainability, © Photo right: Microgen /; Photo left: André Wagenzik
Image: Detail of the cover of the German Almanac of Sustainability, © Photo right: Microgen /; Photo left: André Wagenzik

Although far too often our lifestyles still have a negative impact on the lives of many people around the world, the reverse can also be true. Work at national level in Germany can also help to drive sustainable development worldwide. The almanac is divided into five sections, each covering a different theme and highlighting both the challenges involved and the social power and momentum of the processes that are leading us towards greater sustainability in Germany. Many people are actively engaged in this transformation in every area of our lives. The energy transition in Germany is just one example. Many other initiatives all across our society are tackling issues such as the future of our cities and how much and what we consume. The almanac highlights the paths and possibilities, the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development – in Germany and all over the world.

The Sustainability Almanac can be downloaded free online and is only available in digital form. Paper copies cannot be ordered.

Download the Sustainability Almanac

Vorschaubild: PDF

German Almanac of Sustainability - Initiatives and impressions on the social reality of sustainability 2017

Text No. 52, March 2017 [English, download only]

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Vorschaubild: PDF

Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitsalmanach - Initiativen und Eindrücke zur gesellschaftlichen Realität der Nachhaltigkeit 2017

texte Nr. 52, März 2017 [deutsch, nur Download]

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