Centre for Sustainability


The Centre for Sustainability is a hub connecting experts and practitioners in energy, climate and sustainability policy. Together, we want to advance the debate on sustainability-related policy- and decision-making in Germany, Europe and internationally. We work closely with various stakeholders to build sustainable networks and engage them in diverse formats for knowledge transfer.   

The Sustainable Campus initiative aims to minimise the School’s environmental footprint and raise awareness for sustainability issues. The initiative seeks to implement pragmatic but impactful measures and is at the same time developing a broader sustainability strategy for the Hertie School. The goal is to create a community that supports the well-being of all its members, while working to achieve the same future generations. At the core of the initiative is the Sustainability Committee. It leads and oversees sustainability activities on campus and the Sustainability Action Plan, which lays out the measures that will help us achieve our goals. 

The Energy and Environment Network (HEEN) is an international network of experts promoting a sustainable energy future, based on trust, openness and curiosity, by facilitating active dialogue, knowledge exchange and professional development. At the moment, we comprise around 200 members all across Europe. We organise bi-yearly workshops on the most relevant topics of the day related to energy, environment and climate change, by bringing together our members with relevant international experts from the business, government, academic and NGO sector. HEEN is supported by the Hertie Fellows & Friends programme of the Hertie Foundation. 

Strommarkttreffen is an open network of energy experts based in Germany, working at universities or research institutes, in ministries or consulting companies, in think tanks or associations, with network operators or energy suppliers. The focus of this community lies in energy policy, the electricity market and the energy system. By exchanging knowledge and experience, we want to make research more practice-relevant and practical decisions more scientifically sound. 

The European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) is a unique initiative that empowers public policy students to take a leading role in shaping the debate on critical European policy issues. This fully student-run event is sponsored by the IPLI Foundation and organized by the students of the Hertie School in Berlin. Thanks to a highly interactive format, the EPPC provides an unparalleled opportunity for future policymakers to engage with prominent political leaders and experts, and to address the pressing challenges that Europe faces in the twenty-first century. For every edition of the EPPC, students are responsible for all aspects of the event, including creating the conference concept, inviting speakers, and selecting the city where the EPPC is held. 

The d\carb Future Economy Forum was founded by Master's and PhD students interested in climate policy at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin's Freie Universit?t, Technische Universit?t, and Humboldt University, as well as the Hertie School, Oxford University, SOAS University of London and Harvard University. We stand for scientifically informed critical debates; plural and accessible to the general public. We want to drive change towards more sustainable business in Germany, Europe and beyond.