Gruppenbild von dem Cradle to Cradle Team und Botschafter*innen mit der Band Die Ärzte

C2C sounds on the Tempelhofer Feld

Die Ärzte and Die Toten Hosen provided four concerts in August 2022 at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin for a laboratory. Together with our co-project initiators KKT GmbH – Kikis Kleiner Tourneeservice, Loft Concerts GmbH and Side by Side Eventsupport GmbH, we have implemented and tested products, processes and innovations that are as climate- and resource-positive as possible and tested their scalability. A brief review of our largest transformation project to date.

Amidst a sea of predominantly black clothing, they walked around, the ambassadors of C2C NGO, in light blue and brown t-shirts. With “QR codes tattooed on their backs,” as Die Ärzte singer Farin Urlaub called it. Who said “thank you” when someone threw a paper plate, napkin or French fries fork into the (apparently correct) garbage can. At first, this caused some confusion, as it rarely happens that someone thanks you for such a supposedly simple action. But quickly the confusion was resolved. The C2C ambassadors ensured that “garbage” does not remain garbage, but can become nutrients through proper separation. The comprehensive nutrient concept was part of the Labor Tempelhof project, for which Die Ärzte and Die Toten Hosen provided the project initiators Cradle to Cradle NGO, KKT – Kikis kleiner Tourneeservice, Loft Concerts and SBS Eventsupport with four concerts in August 2022 at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.

Why?

But why all this? Climate change, waste of resources, microplastics in the oceans, etc… All reasons to take a look at the status quo and perceive opportunities for improvement. Our current linear mode of action and production follows the principle of “take – make – waste”. The problems associated with this are also evident in the event sector. Culture is what makes us human, we develop as humanity through it. But major events consume immense resources, much of which is left behind as waste. This harms people and the environment. One ray of hope is the growing political awareness for a socio-economic transformation. And that’s where Labor Tempelhof comes in.

Laboratory Tempelhof

The Tempelhof laboratory is intended to show what is already possible today according to Cradle to Cradle. And there is hardly a better testing ground for this than a major concert where 60,000 people come together. Because these people have to travel there, they eat and drink there, they go to the restroom, and they buy merch – all areas where attempts have been made to implement C2C innovations as much as possible. The project was explicitly intended as a laboratory, as it was already clear in advance that ideal C2C solutions would not be implementable everywhere. As is still the case in today’s economy and society. Many innovations tested were readily implementable on a small scale, but not scalable. The reasons for this provided the project initiators with important insights into what framework conditions are still missing for a true circular economy based on C2C. Part of the project is therefore two publications that are intended to change this: In a guidebook for the event industry, the results of the impact measurement of all measures will be published in November. Digital and multilingual, as a blueprint for event organizers, inviting them to share, imitate and improve. Meanwhile, the report, which has already been published, is aimed at policymakers and industry and provides recommendations for action to create the right framework conditions for a genuine circular economy based on C2C.

Menschen und Nährstoffinseln auf dem Tempelhofer Feld, Konzert von Die Ärzte

Show what is possible

Levers to fundamentally change our linear way of doing business are offered enough by a large-scale concert. In total, we were able to implement around 40 so-called cases, which show the areas in which C2C solutions are already in place at events. Where C2C innovations could not be implemented for technical or financial reasons, C2C-inspired or ecological alternatives were used wherever possible. This was to make sure that everything would be as cradle as possible.

Cases you may have experienced directly as a visitor or seen on our social media channels included the predominantly plant-based food options, the dry toilets, or the Doctors and Pants merch t-shirts made according to C2C. The cases resulted from the areas that are relevant for production at a large event. The clusters include Catering & Gastro, Printing, Energy, Logistics & Mobility, Nutrient Logistics, Production & Infrastructure, Sanitation, Social Aspects, Textile and Water.

We can already put some of the results of these measures into figures today. For example, we have been able to use 100% green electricity via fixed power. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time in Germany that this has been achieved for a concert of this size at Labor Tempelhof. By fixed power, we were able to run sound and sound on the stage, as well as all the food and beverage stands. As a result, and by running the emergency generators on HVO fuel made from hydrogenated vegetable oil instead of conventional diesel, a total of about 1,000 t of C02 could be saved.

We were able to save about 51% water across all concerts compared to a traditional event. This was mainly related to the supply chains of C2C and sustainable products that were used. For example, a big lever for water conservation was the predominantly vegan/vegetarian food options.

From 88% of all toilets in the field, we have ensured the circulation of nutrients. Solids from toilets are processed into humus and urine into phosphorus. Both can be used either regularly, or as part of research projects as fertilizer for regenerative agriculture.

About 85% of visitors traveled by public transportation, on foot, or by bicycle. In comparison, studies show that around 55% of visitors to similar events travel by car. Thus, travel is usually the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Crew and bands were provided with 100% vegetarian-vegan food. The target for viewers was 70% vegetarian-vegan offerings; 60% were ultimately implemented. On average, the vegetarian-vegan diet consumes 50% less water, as well as 40% less CO₂ in the cultivation of plants compared to animal husbandry.

Another common area at events is textiles. At the Tempelhof laboratory, a total of 16,800 T-shirts were produced for Die Ärzte and Die Toten Hosen according to C2C criteria. The production process produced around 70% fewer CO₂ emissions than conventional shirts. They are also fully recyclable and compostable, from fabric to ink.

In addition to the fully implemented cases, we were also able to initiate many other projects, such as the production of a French fry fork made from a compostable plastic alternative. There was no longer enough time to scale the fork to hundreds of thousands. But the project will continue and we hope that the french fry forks will be part of the basic equipment of catering stands in the next festival season at the latest.

You can find a deeper insight into the respective cases and a list of all implementation partners on our project website.

Teamwork and concert

The implementation of such a huge project can only succeed through teamwork and with many helpers. That’s where our C2C ambassadors came in. Traveling from all over Germany and Austria, they participated in workshops for 3 days at the Cradle Camp at the Landesmusikakademie in Berlin. They listened in deep dives, learned and exchanged with the speakers, but also made music together around the campfire, created colorful evenings and grew together as a group. This, in addition to the exchange of information on C2C measures at the concerts, was also the goal of the Cradle Camp.

The majority of the active participants arrived early on Monday or Tuesday and were able to settle into the Music Academy’s bungalow village. The next two days consisted of various deep dives into individual Cradle Cases, such as C2C band shirts, dry toilets and the recovery of phosphorus from urine. Workshops were also offered where activists worked together to gain new knowledge on pitching Cradle to Cradle or activism forms. And of course the preparations for the weekend, the concerts and the division of the ambassadors into teams started.

It is always great to see so many active volunteers and to exchange ideas with them. The colorful evenings brought the group of almost 100 people more and more together, there were conversations about their own volunteer work and this exchange is, as experience has shown, always a great motivational boost for everyone involved. With workshops and formats offered by activists on topics such as clothing consumption or a brainstorming session on a C2C shelf, it was wonderful to see how motivated volunteers became a sworn group that looked forward to the concerts and conversations with the visitors*.

On Friday morning it was time and the Cradle Camp moved off to Tempelhof Airport. Full of anticipation and armed with new knowledge about the Cradle Cases. The disappointment was all the greater, even among the active participants, when the Die Ärzte concert had to be cancelled on Friday due to thick thunderclouds over the concert site.

Ein Gruppenbild der Botschafter*innen, die Hände in die Luft gestreckt

New day, new chance

Fortunately, the following two concerts on Saturday and Sunday could take place as planned. Together with the concert of Die Toten Hosen, which already took place the weekend before the Cradle Camp with a smaller number of ambassadors, our volunteers were able to use all their C2C knowledge at three of four planned concerts. So on Saturday and Sunday, everyone from the NGO’s full-time team and the ambassadors* met at Cradle Village. There, everyone heard another motivational speech from our project manager Jonna and our executive board members Nora and Tim, and then jumped into work.

The ambassadors’ tasks on Saturday included first and foremost checking the nutrient islands that had been set up after the previous day’s thunderstorm and equipping them with new illustrative material on what exactly should go in which garbage can. At 2:00 p.m. sharp, the first fans arrived to secure the best seats in the front rows of the concert. And with the first visitors on the field, the first interested people came to the Cradle Village. There, they learned about the concept of the concerts, the individual cases, could win a Die Ärzte shirt in a quiz, record on the Citizen Wall what a sustainable large-scale concert looks like for them – or drink a beer brewed with leftover bread at the Knärzje stand.

The last chord on Sunday evening marked the end of our “Botis” at the Tempelhof laboratory – but by no means the end of the entire project. Because just as Die Toten Hosen and Die Ärzte continued on tour after short breaks, the Tempelhof laboratory will soon start implementing the next project modules.

A look into the future

The concerts and the implementation of the C2C cases were preceded by many months of work, but strictly speaking, the two weekends in August were just the start of the transformation project. As a further project component, the report on the project has already been published, which contains recommendations for action by policymakers for a genuine circular economy based on Cradle to Cradle.  Together with the research and consulting institute Adelphi, we have written down which legal hurdles or missing framework conditions we have noticed in the implementation of the cases that still stand in the way of a C2C economy. Together with the management consultancy BCG, we have precisely measured the impact of the individual cases on climate and resources and are still doing so. We will publish the results in November as a digital, multilingual guidebook for the event industry. It is intended to be a blueprint for all organizers, inviting them to share, imitate and, ideally, do better. It appears in time for the C2C Summit: Staging the Future, which will be held in Berlin on Nov. 22, 2022. There, we will discuss the results with representatives from politics, business and the event industry and how we can implement the measures we have taken in all other areas of society. This will be followed in the next two years by a four-month exhibition on the Tempelhof Laboratory and a series of 12 smaller events in Berlin. Ultimately, the aim is to create a transformation platform through which everyone who wants to work together with the project initiators to make a real difference can network and exchange ideas. 

Keep eyes open

So the next time you attend a concert, festival, or other event, be on the lookout for dry toilets or other items we tried at the Labor Tempelhof concerts. We are curious to see how quickly and widely this approach will catch on at major events.

Designkonzept

Um unser Klima- und Ressourcenproblem langfristig zu lösen, müssen wir Menschen umdenken und umgestalten. Das C2C Designkonzept ist die Anleitung dafür. Es ist natürlichen Kreisläufen nachempfunden, in denen jeglicher Abfall Nährstoff für etwas Neues ist. Cradle to Cradle berücksichtigt alle ökologischen, ökonomischen und sozialen Aspekte von Produkten bereits in der Planungsphase. Dabei kommen ausschließlich kreislauffähige Materialien zum Einsatz, die für den konkreten Zweck eines Produkts geeignet sind.

Svenja Damberg

Svenja Damberg ist seit 2021 Senior Research Fellow am Institut für Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement der TU Hamburg. Sie ist außerdem Projektmitarbeiterin für Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement und Wissenstransfer bei der Cradle to Cradle-Modellregion Nordostniedersachsen. Damberg schrieb ihre Dissertation im Bereich Kundenmanagement bei Genossenschaftsbanken an der TU Hamburg. Zuvor war sie u.a. beim Recruiting-Technologie-Startup RelinkLabs in Kopenhagen im Bereich Marketing und Kommunikation tätig. Sie hat Business and Development Studies an der Copenhagen Business School studiert.

 

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Svenja Damberg has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management at TU Hamburg since 2021. She is also a project associate for technology and innovation management and knowledge transfer at the Cradle to Cradle Model Region Northeast Lower Saxony. Damberg wrote her dissertation in the field of customer management at cooperative banks at the TU Hamburg. Previously, she worked in marketing and communications at the recruiting technology startup RelinkLabs in Copenhagen, among others. She studied Business and Development Studies at Copenhagen Business School.

Christoph müller

Christoph Müller arbeitet seit 2015 für die Gebäudewirtschaft der Hansestadt Lüneburg. Dort leitet er aktuell das C2C-inspirierte Probeprojekt „Neubau Hort Anne-Frank-Schule“. Zuvor hat er 9 Jahre als Bauleiter und in der Projektentwicklung gearbeitet. Müller ist gelernter Tischler und Bauingenieur.

 

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Christoph Müller has been working for the building management department of the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg since 2015. There, he is currently managing the C2C-inspired trial project „Neubau Hort Anne-Frank-Schule“. Prior to that, he worked for 9 years as a construction manager and in project development. Müller is a trained carpenter and civil engineer.

Andreas Thürmer

Andreas Thürmer ist seit 2020 Leiter der Geschäftseinheit Strategie, Organisation und Kommunikation bei der Berliner Stadtreinigung. Er ist seit 2001 bei der BSR und war dort als Leiter des Vorstandsbüro, Prokurist und Leiter der Organisationsentwicklung tätig. Zuvor war Thürmer interner Berater bei Audi. Er ist außerdem Vorstandsvorsitzender der Entsorgergemeinschaft der deutschen Entsorgungswirtschaft e.V. und Mitglied im Umweltausschuss der IHK Berlin. Thürmer ist Diplom-Ingenieur und hat an der Universität Stuttgart Maschinenbau studiert.

 

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Andreas Thürmer has been head of the Strategy, Organization and Communication business unit at Berliner Stadtreinigung since 2020. He has been with BSR since 2001, where he served as head of the board office, authorized signatory and head of organizational development. Prior to that, Thürmer was an internal consultant at Audi. He is also chairman of the board of the Entsorgergemeinschaft der deutschen Entsorgungswirtschaft e.V. and a member of the environmental committee of the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Thürmer holds a degree in engineering and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

Peter Kurth

Peter Kurth ist seit 2008 geschäftsführender Präsident des Bundesverbands der Deutschen Entsorgungs-, Wasser- und Rohstoffwirtschaft. Seit 2020 ist der studierte Jurist zudem Präsident des europäischen Entsorgerverbands FEAD. In seiner beruflichen Laufbahn war Kurth unter anderem für die Deutsche Bank und die Kreditbank als Jurist tätig und war von 2001 bis 2009 Vorstandsmitglied des Berliner Entsorgungsunternehmens Alba. Zuvor begleitete Kurth unterschiedliche politische Ämter. Ab 1994 war er Staatssekretär im Berliner Finanzsenat und ab 1999 Finanzsenator. Er war zudem Aufsichtsrat in unterschiedlichen Kreditunternehmen wie der Bankgesellschaft Berlin sowie der Landesbank Berlin und Abgeordneter des Abgeordnetenhauses Berlin.

 

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Peter Kurth has been Executive President of the Federal Association of the German Waste Management, Water and Raw Materials Industry (BDE) since 2008. Since 2020, the law graduate has also been President of the European Waste Management Association FEAD. In his professional career, Kurth has worked as a lawyer for Deutsche Bank and Kreditbank and was a member of the executive board of the Berlin waste management company Alba from 2001 to 2009. Prior to that, Kurth held various political offices. From 1994, he was State Secretary in the Berlin Finance Senate and from 1999 Finance Senator. He was also a member of the supervisory board of various credit companies such as Bankgesellschaft Berlin and Landesbank Berlin, and a member of the Berlin House of Representatives.

Lorena Zangl

Lorena Zangl arbeitet seit 2017 in der hauptamtlichen Geschäftsstelle der C2C NGO. Seit 2020 leitet sie als Referentin den Bereich Kommunale Entwicklung und betreut in dieser Funktion das Netzwerk C2C Regionen. Außerdem ist sie für die Erarbeitung eines Leitfadens für kommunale Beschaffung und C2C verantwortlich. Sie studierte “Political & Social Studies” und “Öffentliches Recht” an der Universität in Würzburg und absolvierte den Master Global Change Management an der Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung in Eberswalde. Zuvor sammelte sie Arbeitserfahrungen im Stiftungsbereich, verschiedenen NGOs für Umwelt und Soziales und Bundespolitik.


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Lorena Zangl has been working for C2C NGO since 2017. Since 2020, she has been head of the Municipal Development department and, in this capacity, oversees the “C2C Regions Network”. She is also responsible for the development of a guide for municipal procurement and C2C. She studied “Political & Social Studies” and “Public Law” at the University of Würzburg and completed a Master’s degree in Global Change Management at the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde. Previously, she gained work experience in the foundation sector, various environmental and social NGOs and federal politics.

Ilse Beneke

Ilse Beneke leitet seit 2016 die Kompetenzstelle für nachhaltige Beschaffung beim Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern und für Heimat, wo sie sich mit der praktischen Implementierung von Nachhaltigkeitskriterien in öffentlichen Auftragsvergaben befasst. Zuvor war sie Referentin im Ministerium für Umwelt, Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Brandenburg. Beneke ist Volljuristin mit Spezialisierung Umweltrecht und hat 2013 berufsbegleitend ihren Master zum Thema “Responsible Management” abgeschlossen.

 

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Ilse Beneke has headed the Competence Center for Sustainable Procurement at the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs since 2016, where she deals with the practical implementation of sustainability criteria in public procurement. Previously, she was an advisor at the Ministry of the Environment, Health and Consumer Protection of the State of Brandenburg. Beneke is a fully qualified lawyer specializing in environmental law and completed her master’s degree in “Responsible Management” in 2013 while working.

Dagmar Schulz

Dagmar Schulz ist seit 2021 erste Landrätin des Landkreises Lüchow-Dannenberg. Sie ist seit 2003 im Landkreis Lüchow-Dannenberg tätig und hat dort unter anderem die Fachbereiche Kultur, Kreisarchiv und Museen, kaufmännisches Gebäudemanagement, Straßenverkehr sowie Jugend-Familie-Bildung geleitet.

 

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Dagmar Schulz has been the first female district administrator of the Lüchow-Dannenberg district since 2021. She has worked in the district of Lüchow-Dannenberg since 2003 and has headed the departments of culture, district archives and museums, commercial building management, road traffic and youth-family-education, among others.

BERNHARD REGER

Bernhard Reger leitet seit Mai 2021 die Bereiche Marketing und Unternehmenskommunikation der Leipfinger-Bader Ziegelwerke. Zuvor war er in unterschiedlichen Kommunikations- und Marketingagenturen tätig, unter anderem als Mitgründer und Teilhaber der Agentur Synektar und Inhaber und Gründer von reger’s Design- und Kommunikationsagentur. Reger ist gelernter Werbekaufmann und Diplom-Kommunikationswirt.

 

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Bernhard Reger has been in charge of marketing and corporate communications at Leipfinger-Bader Ziegelwerke since May 2021. He previously worked in various communications and marketing agencies, including as co-founder and partner of the Synektar agency and owner and founder of reger’s design and communications agency. Reger is a trained advertising merchant and holds a degree in communications.

Vanja schneider

Vanja Schneider ist seit 2020 Geschäftsführer und Strategieverantwortlicher der Moringa GmbH. Zuletzt war er als Geschäftsführer der Interboden-Gruppe unter anderem für das Projekt The Cradle in Düsseldorf verantwortlich. Schneider ist Bau- und Wirtschaftsingenieur und seit 1991 in der Immobilienwirtschaft, vor allem in der Immobilienentwicklung, tätig.


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Vanja Schneider has been Managing Director and Head of Strategy at Moringa GmbH since 2020. Most recently, as Managing Director of the Interboden Group, he was responsible, among other things, for The Cradle project in Düsseldorf. Schneider is a civil and industrial engineer and has been working in the real estate industry, primarily in real estate development, since 1991.

sören bartol

Sören Bartol ist seit Dezember 2021 Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär im Bundesministerium für Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Bauwesen. Zuvor war er von 2013 bis 2021 stellvertretender Vorsitzender der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion. Seit 2002 ist Bartol direkt gewähltes MdB für den Wahlkreis Marburg-Biedenkopf. Er ist seit vielen Jahren für die Themen Bau, Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung zuständig, u.a. als Arbeitsgruppensprecher im Bundestag. Bartol ist Diplom-Politologe.


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Sören Bartol has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building since December 2021. He was previously deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group from 2013 to 2021. Since 2002, Bartol has been a directly elected Member of Parliament for the constituency of Marburg-Biedenkopf. He has been responsible for the topics of construction, housing and urban development for many years, including as a working group spokesman in the Bundestag. Bartol holds a degree in political science.

Dr. hans georg brendle

Dr. Hans Georg Brendle ist seit 1997 Research & Development Manager bei der J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH+Co KG, zu der unter anderem JRS Petcare gehört. Er ist Diplom-Chemiker und hat an der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen promoviert. Er beschäftigt sich unter anderem mit der mechanischen und chemischen Verarbeitung von pflanzlichen Zellstoffen für Anwendungen in Pharma, Lebensmitteln und Technik.

 

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Dr. Hans Georg Brendle has been Research & Development Manager at J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH+Co KG, which includes JRS Petcare, since 1997. He holds a degree in chemistry and a doctorate from Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. Among other things, he is involved in mechanical and chemical processing of cellulosic plant material for pharmaceutical, food and technical applications.

Thomas Bader

Thomas Bader ist Gründer und Geschäftsführer der Leipfinger-Bader GmbH sowie Gründer & Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter der Bader Media GmbH. Darüber hinaus hält Bader diverse Aufsichtsrats- und Vorstandspositionen inne, beispielsweise beim Bundesverband der Deutschen Ziegelindustrie e.V. Er ist Diplom-Ingenieur und Diplom-Kaufmann.


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Thomas Bader is founder and managing director of Leipfinger-Bader GmbH as well as a founder & managing partner of Bader Media GmbH. In addition, Bader holds various supervisory board and executive board positions, for example at the Bundesverband der Deutschen Ziegelindustrie e.V. He holds a degree in engineering and a degree in business administration.

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Aloys Oechtering

Aloys Oechtering ist seit 1989 Bereichsleiter im Unternehmensbereich organische Abfälle, Biomasse und Bioenergie der Unternehmensgruppe Remondis. Er ist außerdem Geschäftsführer verschiedener Spezialgesellschaften für organische Abfälle, wie Remondis SmartRec, und Aufsichtsratsmitglied verschiedener Beteiligungsgesellschaften mit kommunalen Partnern. Oechtering ist in diversen Verbänden, wie beispielsweise dem Entsorgerverband BDE tätig. Er studierte Agrarwissenschaften an der TU München und der Universität Göttingen.

 

 

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Aloys Oechtering has been head of the organic waste, biomass and bioenergy division of Remondis Group since 1989. He is also managing director of various specialist companies for organic waste, for example Remondis SmartRec, and a member of the supervisory boards of various associated companies with municipal partners. Oechtering is active in associations such as the BDE. He studied agricultural sciences at the Technical University of Munich and the University of Göttingen.

Manuel Ehlers

Manuel Ehlers ist seit 2016 Head of Sustainable Property der Triodos Bank. Seit 2021 ist Ehlers außerdem Mitglied im Immobilienbeirat der DGNB. Zuvor war er als Projektentwickler viele Jahre mit der Konzeption und Realisierung von Immobilienprojekten in Berlin betraut. Er ist gelernter Wirtschaftsingenieur mit einer Spezialisierung auf nachhaltiges Bauen.

 

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Manuel Ehlers has been Head of Sustainable Property at Triodos Bank since 2016. Since 2021, Ehlers has also been a member of the DGNB’s Real Estate Advisory Board. Previously, he worked for many years as a project developer and was in charge of the conception and realization of real estate projects in Berlin. He is a trained industrial engineer specialized in sustainable construction.

André Siedenberg

André Siedenberg ist seit 2014 bei der Kommunal Agentur NRW GmbH in Düsseldorf als Berater für kommunale Beschaffung tätig. Seit 2015 ist er außerdem als Rechtsanwalt zugelassen. Er vertritt öffentliche Auftraggeber in Nachprüfungsverfahren, hält Seminare zum Vergaberecht und unterstützt Nichtregierungsorganisationen in allen Fragen der nachhaltigen Beschaffung. Zuvor war er im Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen im Referat für Vergaberecht tätig. Siedenberg studierte Rechtswissenschaften und Europäisches Recht an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.

 

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André Siedenberg has been working as a consultant for municipal procurement at Kommunal Agentur NRW GmbH in Düsseldorf since 2014. He has also been admitted to the bar in 2015. In this capacity, he represents public contracting authorities in review proceedings, holds seminars on public procurement law, and supports NGOs in all matters of sustainable procurement. Previously, he worked at the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, SMEs and Trade of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the department for public procurement law. Siedenberg studied law and European law at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg.

Natalie
Rottmann-Boos

Natalie Rottmann-Boos ist seit 2020 als Projektmanagerin in der Kompetenzstelle für sozial verantwortliche Beschaffung bei Immobilien Bremen tätig. Dort unterstützt sie den kommunalen Einkauf bei Ausschreibungen und bringt eine sozial-ökologische und zirkuläre Beschaffung voran, beispielsweise mit dem Projekt „SDG 12: Fair handeln und beschaffen `Made in Bremen´“. Zuvor war Rottmann-Boos zehn Jahre lang als Projektmanagerin im Offshore-Windkraftbereich tätig.

 

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Natalie Rottmann-Boos has been working as a project manager in the competence center for socially responsible procurement at Immobilien Bremen since 2020. She supports the purchasing department in tenders and promotes social-ecological and circular procurement, for example with the project “SDG 12: Fair trade and procurement `Made in Bremen´”. Before that, Rottmann-Boos worked as a project manager in the offshore wind power sector for ten years.

SYBILLE MAI

Sybille Mai ist Leading Consultant und Standortverantwortliche in Berlin für die EPEA GmbH, mit Schwerpunkt Cradle to Cradle im Bau. Zwischen 2008 und 2015 baute sie bei Drees & Sommer in Berlin die Beratungskompetenzen zur Nachhaltigkeit auf und begleitete als DGNB-Auditorin und LEED-AP eine Vielzahl von Green-Building-Zertifizierungen. Weitere Stationen führten die Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieurin als Abteilungsleiterin für Immobilienmanagement und Geländeentwicklung zur Messe Berlin sowie in die verantwortliche Projektsteuerung.

 

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Sybille Mai is Leading Consultant and Site Manager for EPEA GmbHs Berlin office, with a focus on Cradle to Cradle in construction. Between 2008 and 2015, she built up sustainability consulting expertise at Drees & Sommer in Berlin and, as a DGNB auditor and LEED-AP, accompanied a large number of Green Building certifications. Further positions led her to Messe Berlin as head of department for real estate management and site development as well as into responsible project management. Mai holds a diploma degree in industrial engineering.

NORA-SOPHIE GRIEFAHN

Nora Sophie Griefahn ist Co-Gründerin und geschäftsführende Vorständin von Cradle to Cradle NGO. Die Umweltwissenschaftlerin koordiniert die politische und wissenschaftliche Arbeit der 2012 gegründeten gemeinnützigen Organisation und treibt ein Umdenken in Wissenschaft, Politik, Bildung und Gesellschaft voran, das mehr als nur Klimaneutralität zum Ziel hat. Sie ist als Expertin für Cradle to Cradle und eine klimapositive Zukunft gefragt und spricht darüber auf Veranstaltungen sowie als Gastkommentatorin oder Gesprächspartnerin in Printmedien und digitalen Formaten.  Darüber hinaus lehrt Griefahn an verschiedenen deutschen Hochschulen. 

 

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Nora Sophie Griefahn is executive managing director and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle NGO. She majored in Environmental Sciences at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Goethe University Frankfurt with stays at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and University of Copenhagen. As the only German, she was elected as a GreenBiz’ 30 Under 30 inspiring young leader in 2018. 

In 2012, she co-founded Cradle to Cradle NGO (C2C NGO) with Tim Janssen in order to establish Cradle to Cradle principles in economy and politics. C2C NGO connects the fields of business, education, politics, and civil society by creating networking platforms and educational formats. 

As co-executive director, Nora coordinates the NGOs scientific, political and educational work and actively shapes a new understanding of material health and circularity. Nora is a sought-after expert, speaker and panelist on Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle with a broad expertise in chemical construction, healthy product design, and the coherences between climate change and resource scarcity. Furthermore, she is a member of various scientific advisory councils and a lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin.

TIM JANSSEN

Tim Janßen ist geschäftsführenden Vorstand und Mitbegründer der gemeinnützigen Cradle to Cradle NGO. Er studierte Wirtschaftswissenschaften an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg und der Dualen Hochschule Baden-Württemberg. Dabei lag sein Fokus auf Gründung, Innovationsmanagement und verantwortungsvollem Wirtschaften. Auslandsaufenthalte führten ihn an das Athlone Institute of Technology in Irland, sowie die Universität Wien im Rahmen eines PROMOS- Stipendiums des DAAD.

Aus der Idee heraus, die Cradle to Cradle Denkschule und das Designkonzept in die Mitte der Gesellschaft zu tragen, gründete Tim Janßen 2012 C2C NGO mit und leitet diese seither als Co-Geschäftsführer. Dabei entwickelt er Strategien, um eine maximale Wirkung der Organisation auf die Gesellschaft zu erreichen, und gestaltet aktiv das Wachstum der noch jungen, stetig größer werdenden Bewegung.

Tim Janßen hält als Redner zahlreiche Fachvorträge auf nationalen und internationalen Konferenzen und Fachtagungen und gibt sein Wissen um Cradle to Cradle an Fachpublikum und Interessierte weiter. Des Weiteren lehrt er als Hochschuldozent an der Dualen Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, HS Mittweida sowie der TU Berlin.


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Tim Janßen is executive director and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle NGO. He majored in Business, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW). In 2012, he co-founded Cradle to Cradle NGO (C2C NGO) with Nora Sophie Griefahn. C2C NGO connects the fields of business, education, politics, and civil society by creating networking platforms and educational formats. In 2019, the NGO established the C2C LAB in Berlin: the world’s first renovation in an existing building based on Cradle to Cradle criteria. Serving as an educational center, NGO head office, and real-world laboratory, it is here where the C2C school of thought and design concept become reality. As co-executive director, Tim develops strategies to maximize the organization’s impact on society and actively shapes the growth of this young, ever-growing movement. He is a sought-after expert for Cradle to Cradle, Circular Economy and Social Entrepreneurship. He regularly holds keynotes and partakes as panelist at national and international conferences. Furthermore, Tim is a lecturer at DHBW, Leuphana University Lüneburg and TU Berlin.

dr. andreas bukowski

Andreas Bukowski ist seit 2020 Erster Bürgermeister der Gemeinde Haar. Seit 2019 ist er außerdem Vorsitzender des CSU Ortsverbands Haar und des Gewerbeverbands Haar Trudering. Zuvor war er zehn Jahre lang als Leiter Marketing & Vertrieb und als Geschäftsführer der Styx Naturcosmetics GmbH tätig. Bukowski ist promovierter Dr. Phil. und hatte zwischen 2009 und 2013 einen Lehrauftrag an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

 

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Andreas Bukowski has been First Mayor of the Bavarian municipality of Haar since 2020. Since 2019, he has also been Chairman of the local branch of the Christian Social Union party in Haar and the Haar Trudering trade association. He previously was Head of Marketing & Sales and Managing Director of Styx Naturcosmetics GmbH for ten years. Mr. Bukowski holds a PhD and was a lecturer at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich between 2009 and 2013.

MICHAEL BEHNKE

Michael Behnke ist seit 2004 General Manager der Markenagentur Belly Button Paris. Seit 2021 vertritt er außerdem ehrenamtlich die Plant Litter Association (PLA) in Deutschland und Frankreich, die sich europaweit dafür einsetzt, Verbraucher*innen und Regierungsorgane auf das Umweltproblem mineralischer Katzenstreu aufmerksam zu machen. 2018 initiierte Behnke eine vergleichende Life-Cycle-Assessment-Studie verschiedener Arten von Katzenstreu, die erstmals das Umweltproblem Mineralstreu wissenschaftlich untersuchte. Er unterrichtet außerdem seit 2014 an der American University of Paris. Zuvor war er unter anderem für die Publicis Group, Young & Rubicam und TBWA Paris tätig.

 

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Michael Behnke has been the General Manager of branding and brand communication agency Belly Button Paris since 2004. Since 2021, he is the honorary representative of the Plant Litter Association (PLA) in Germany and France. The association works across Europe, raising awareness among consumers and governmental bodies about the environmental problem of mineral cat litter. In 2018, Behnke initiated a comparative life-cycle assessment study of different types of cat litter, the first to scientifically examine the environmental problem of mineral litter. He also has been a lecturer at the American University of Paris since 2014. Previously, he worked for the Publicis Group, Young & Rubicam and TBWA Paris, among others.

Vanja schneider

Biografie Text Bei der Cradle to Cradle Certified™-Zertifizierung, die das gemeinnützige Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) vornimmt, werden verschiedene Faktoren und Ebenen der Herstellung, Nutzung und der Wiederverwertung bewertet. Es gibt fünf Abstufungen in der Zertifizierung von Basic über Bronze, Silber, Gold bis hin zu Platin, welches den höchsten Produktstandard kennzeichnet. Dabei werden die fünf Faktoren Materialgesundheit, Wiederverwendbarkeit, Nutzung erneuerbarer Energien und Kohlenstoffmanagement, Wasserqualität sowie Sozialstandards betrachtet. Weltweit gibt es aktuell knapp 300 C2C-Unternehmen mit über 8.000 C2C-Produkten.