Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (RENN)

The RENN network links players from a wide variety of societal areas to help ensure sustainable development at regional level becomes everyday practice.

People all around the world share a joint responsibility for sustainable development. Fundamental changes to the way in which we do business and the way we live are needed in order to enable future generations to live their lives with respect and prosperity in an intact environment.

The four RENN hubs create links between various players and initiatives to promote sustainable development, foster dialogue on experiences gained and provide impulses for societal change. The RENN thus make the complex concept of sustainability something which can be experienced across regions and national borders.

The RENN are being supported by the federal government for a period of five years. The German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) has been tasked with selection of the hubs and has established a coordination centre in Berlin that will support and guide the four RENN hubs in unfolding nationwide impact.

Website “Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (RENN)”

RENN.days in Berlin, 17–18 November 2017

On 17 and 18 November 2017 some 150 sustainability actors assembled at the invitation of the RENN hubs to exchange experiences, learn from one another and jointly develop ideas for realising sustainability at local level.

Speeches & cause for thought

Ulla Burchardt - Impulsvortrag auf den RENN.tagen Berlin 2017

Umgesetzt wird vor Ort: Die Rolle der Zivilgesellschaft bei der Umsetzung der Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie und der Nachhaltigkeitsstrategien der Länder...

Images: impressions from the RENN.days in Berlin (PDF, 5MB)

Tasks of the RENN hubs

The RENN hubs are a regionally organised platform for information exchange and activity surrounding the topic of sustainable development.

  • They serve to link players among one another and consolidate societal dialogue.
  • They provide impulses for societal transformation.
  • They foster innovation, strategy, projects and the exchange of ideas.
  • They bolster the flow of information between players from civil society at municipal, state and federal level.

RENN hubs

RENN.north

Responsible for: Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein

Consortium leader: Association for the Protection of German Forests, Hamburg State Chapter (SDW)

Partners: Academy for Sustainable Development Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (ANE); Centre for Education on Nature, the Environment and Rural Areas in the State of Schleswig-Holstein (BNUR); Office Environmental Companies, Bremen; Climate Protection and Energy Agency Lower Saxony (KEAN) with the Association of Educational Initiatives Lower Saxony (VNB)

Contact:
Association for the Protection of German Forests, Hamburg State Chapter (SDW)
Am Inselpark 19, 21109 Hamburg
Iacob-Lucian Mărginean: marginean@wald.de, +49 (40) 302 156 -528

RENN.central

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

Consortium leader: Future-Proof Thuringia

Partners: Berlin 21 e. V., Brandenburg 21 e. V., CivixX Workshop for Civil Society, Network for the Future Saxony Anhalt

Contact:
Future-Proof Thuringia
Schönbrunnstraße 8, 99310 Arnstadt
Josef Ahlke: josef.ahlke@zukunftsfaehiges-thueringen.de, +49 (361) 43020322

RENN.south

Responsible for: Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg

Consortium leader: Sustainability Office of the Central Environmental Authority of the State of Baden-Württemberg (LUBW)

Partners: Bavarian State Network for Civil Engagement (LBE)

Contact:
Sustainability Office of the Central Environmental Authority of the State of Baden-Württemberg (LUBW)
Griesbachstr. 1, 76185 Karlsruhe
Gerd Oelsner: Gerd.Oelsner@lubw.bwl.de, +49 (721) 56001450

RENN.west

Responsible for: Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland

Consortium leader: State Working Committee Agenda 21 NRW (LAG 21)

Partners: Working Committee for Nature and Environmental Education (ANU) Hesse State Association, Energy Agency Rhineland-Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate State Network for Development Policy (ELAN), European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO), Germanwatch e. V., Birkenfeld Environment Studies Campus at Trier University of Applied Sciences

Contact:
State Working Committee Agenda 21 NRW (LAG 21)
Deutsche Str. 10, 44339 Dortmund
Dr Klaus Reuter: k.reuter@lag21.de, +49 (231) 93696010

RENN coordination centre

A national coordination centre has been established at the offices of the RNE. It sees itself as a “cross-regional node” and service provider, provides orientational and coordinating assistance within the RENN network and fosters the efficacy of the hubs throughout Germany. In addition, it assesses the current status quo of activities to thereby enable execution of the subsidised commission.

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
sabine.gerhardt@nachhaltigkeitsrat.de

Project Contributors

Erik Peters (parental leave stand-in)
German Council for Sustainable Development
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10, 10785 Berlin
T +49 (0) 30 338424-885
erik.peters@nachhaltigkeitsrat.de

Donata Caspar (parental leave)
German Council for Sustainable Development
Office c/o GIZ GmbH
Potsdamer Platz 10, 10785 Berlin
T +49 (0) 30 338424-634
donata.caspar@nachhaltigkeitsrat.de