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"Education is the basis for establishing sustainability as the guiding principle behind our activities, as are more action partnerships and practical examples at the local, regional and international level."

Walter Hirche, Member of the Council

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Foto: Preisverleihung am 25. September 2012 im GIZ-Haus in Berlin - © Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung und der Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung haben am 25. September 2012 in Berlin die 32 Sieger des „Wettbewerbs zur Förderung von lokalen Bildungs- und Kompetenznetzwerken für Nachhaltigkeit – eine gemeinsame Initiative des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung und des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung“ geehrt. Die Ideen der Wettbewerbs-Gewinner, wie eine nachhaltige Entwicklung vor Ort durch Bildung voran gebracht werden kann, sind vielfältig: vom ehemaligen Eisenwerk „Alte Schmelz“, das zum Lernort für Erneuerbare Energien umgebaut werden soll, über das Netzwerk „Stralsund 2052“, das die Menschen vor Ort für den lokalen Klimaschutzprozess begeistern will, bis hin zum Schüler-Unternehmensnetzwerk zum nachhaltigen Wirtschaften in Heidelberg.

Foto-Collage: Turbinenmontage/Finanz-Chart mit Bleistift - © Bosch/klosko, photocase.com

The German Council for Sustainable Development passed as a resolution the German Sustainability Code in its plenary session 13 October 2011. The Code was sent to the German Federal Government with a recommendation for implementation. In a database the German Sustainability Code visualises the efforts of companies to achieve sustainability. It thus creates a greater commitment to do so in a transparent and comparable manner. The development of GSC database is supported by a project of the Sustainable Business Institute by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The German Council for Sustainable Development provides a broader basis for the realisation of sustainability. The Sustainability Code is suitable for companies of every size and legal form.

The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) has developed a "Werkstatt N" quality label which will, in future, be awarded every year to 100 projects and project drafts from up and down the country. In the opinion of the Council, the people behind the initiatives demonstrate both resourcefulness and commitment in their approach to showing how sustainability ideas can be turned into deeds and added value for the benefit of society.

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