Environmental Policy

More detailed explanations on the environmental policy

On the Way to a Climate Protection Policy

The Federal Cultural Foundation supports an environmental policy which requires it to continually improve its environmental behaviour. On 30 May 2012, the Federal Cultural Foundation was awarded EMAS certification for ecological management. Developed by the European Union, it obligates participating organisations to undergo regular environmental audits and take steps to improve environmental sustainability. In line with its commitment, the Federal Cultural Foundation has decided to focus on its environmental policy. The first step planned for 2020 has been to determine its climate footprint and develop a package of measures to reduce CO2 emissions.

Programmes initiated by the Federal Cultural Foundation

The Federal Cultural Foundation supports numerous artistic projects which address environmental issues. For example, the General Project Funding department is currently funding an interdisciplinary exhibition project entitled Critical Zones (opens in a new window), with which the ZKM Karlsruhe plans to activate a city and an entire region. The project calls for the artistic, cultural and scientific communities to collaborate with long-established, non-governmental environmental organisations. Together they shall address the central local and global challenges of our times. The goal is to reconcile our civilisation’s technical achievements with the planetary resources at its disposal – or in the words of Bruno Latour, one of the initiators of the project, to make “the TERRESTRIAL a new political actor”.

With its focus on Sustainability and Future, the Federal Cultural Foundation initiated a series of projects (“Über Lebenskunst”, 2010-2012) and continues to support projects which explore issues of sustainability. In 2015 and with renewed focus since 2020, several multiyear projects have been developed in cooperation with the temporary beekeeping association “Kleinfolgenreich” which are dedicated to installing bee colonies in public spaces and protecting wild bees (Immenhoch).

The Federal Cultural Foundation also strives to motivate its partners and other interested institutions to address environmental issues more actively, to which end it has developed a "Compass for Sustainable Production in the Cultural Sector".

Environmental guidelines

Following a general survey of the employees at the Federal Cultural Foundation, the Executive Board and staff jointly agreed to the following environmental guidelines.

  • The Federal Cultural Foundation treats natural living conditions responsibly. It strives to continually reduce any detriment it causes to the environment.

  • The Federal Cultural Foundation seeks active exchange with the public and interested groups with regard to its environmental activities.

  • The Foundation motivates its cooperation partners and contractors to modify their activities according to the principles of sustainability.

  • The environmental guidelines of the Federal Cultural Foundation can only be achieved with the support of every employee. The management bears particular responsibility for ensuring compliance with the environmental guidelines.

  • The Federal Cultural Foundation pledges to comply with all relevant environmental laws and regulations.

For more information about the Foundation’s environmental guidelines and environmental management activities, please read the Environmental Statement (opens in a new window) (in German only) of the Federal Cultural Foundation.

Sustainable construction

The Foundation’s new headquarters opened in October 2012 with an official ceremony attended by German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. The headquarters were built according to the latest ecological construction methods with a particular emphasis on energy-efficient technologies. These include ventilation chambers with built-in heat recovery, triple-glazed windows, photovoltaic panels and highly efficient insulation.


Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Franckeplatz 2
06110 Halle (Saale)

Constanze Kaplick

Tel: 49 (0)345 2997 137

Sarah Holstein

Tel. 49 (0)345 2997 181
Fax: 49 (0)345 2997 333