Work & research in a sustainable house

The WÄLDERHAUS in Hamburg/Wilhelmsburg is a meeting place and think-tank for international cooperation projects and supports the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG ́s) of the UN. In 2018 the IFS Gallery, the International Forum Sustainability, was founded and presents temporary exhibitions on the theme of Sustainability. ISA took up its work in the WÄLDERHAUS at the beginning of 2019. The Academy offers scholarship-holders a fully equipped place of work and places all necessary technical facilities at their disposal.

The House is an excellence project of the International Building Exhibition 2013 (IBA Hamburg) and this multifunction building at Inselpark, Wilhelmsburg is unique in the world in terms of architecture and concept. Visual accents are set with the asymmetric design and a facade in larch wood. The theme “Forest and timber” is not only present in the interior of the WÄLDERHAUS, but also through all the areas. The house is to a great extent C02- neutral.

Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald (SDW)

The motto: Learn, understand and live sustainability. Education in respect of forests and the environment is a major part of the work of the Association in Hamburg. Children, especially in big cities, are ever more losing a connection to the forest and to nature. With its educational forest and environment learning programs for schools, kindergartens and families in the SCIENCE CENTER WALD in the WÄLDERHAUS and the WaldSchule in the Niendorf Enclosure, together with a special Environment Bus, the SDW reaches more than 10,000 children, young people and adults every year. Since 2004 the SDW is a NUN-certified education center for sustainable development (BNE). The certificate as BNE assures the quality of education from providers outside the school system. All certified persons and establishments operate under the NUN umbrella and can advertise their educational offers with this approval.

Moreover, SDW in involved in work on numerous projects. Since November 2016 it is the consortium leader of the Regional Hubs for Sustainability Strategies (RENN.nord). The RENN network has the task of anchoring the 17 SDGs of the UN more firmly in the regions.