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Berlin-Kreuzberg Prinzessinnengärten 1.jpg

Sustainability initiatives[edit]

  • ufaFabrik, International Center for Culture and Ecology, Berlin

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Arts, sport and culture[edit]

Cooperative for Urban Creativity

Kulturlabor Trial & Error Berlin based non profit, working with crafts, D.I.Y. culture, sustainability, arts and media

See also: Community resources

Cycling activism[edit], bicycle sharing project - wikipedia:Cycling in Berlin

Ethical consumerism[edit]

Original Unverpackt, zero waste store [1]

Sustainable Berlin, information from

Food activism[edit]

Berlin has a tradition of communal neighborhood gardens (Schraebergaerten) stretching back over 150 years. That tradition lives on in projects like the huge Prinzessinengarten (Princess Garden) in the multicultural Kreuzberg district and the Mauergarten (Wall Garden) in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. This list from Foodtank explores many similar projects. [2] (in German) coordinates a network of community food fridges across the country and recruits groups of volunteers to "rescue" food which would otherwise be thrown out from willing shops and producers. [3]

Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens, Berlin), Wikipedia (German) Prinzessinnengärten

See also: Urban Foraging in Germany


The bustling German capital is an amazing city to visit for all sorts of reasons, but it has a lot to offer for those who are interested in cooperatives, squats, and other local sharing projects.

Köpi is a well-known squat where free alternative movie nights are organized three times a week. Discover new films and enjoy cheap drinks while meeting people and learning more about the Berlin squat scene. [4]

See also: Food activism, Community resources, Maps


Urban sustainability[edit]

News and comment[edit]


Berlin's Holzmarkt Shows the Incredible Potential of Urban Villages, Aug 23 [5]

The Urban Common Spaces That Show Us We Belong to Something Larger, May 3 [6]

Berliners finally dump the car for love affair with the bicycle, Apr 26 [7]

In Berlin, a Model for Creative and Affordable Housing, Apr 12 [8]

Coming Soon to Berlin: Bike Superhighways, Mar 6 [9]

To engage citizens in planning technology must be matched with a participatory culture, Mar [10]


Berlin pulls funds out of fossil fuel companies, Jun 23 [11]


Berlin 'borrowing shop' promotes the benefits of sharing, March 17 [12]

30,000 show how fed up they are with industrial food, January 19 [13]


Berlin beats London and Washington DC in league table of world’s best democratic space, [14] August 8


Sehr gut: Why cycling in Berlin is a dream. Wide streets, bikes in parks, cycling culture ... 10 reasons why the German capital is a marvellous place to cycle, [15] April 22


Reichstag to run solely on renewable power, [16] March 21


Community resources[edit]

Baumhaus (Treehouse) project space (in German) in the Wedding district is a nonprofit project and event space dedicated to creating a hub for the development of neighborhood sustainable development projects. A repair café, an improvisational orchestra, and a vertical gardening program are just a few of their initiatives.

Leila Berlin (in German) is a thriving tool library in East Berlin that has spawned several imitators across the country. Their selection goes way beyond household carpentry tools. Need to borrow a bicycle helmet, a drill, or a set of wine glasses? Go see them. [17]

Little Wood

Maps[edit], 2nd Open Street Map of Berlin

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Berlin

Wikitravel: Berlin, Get around


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