International Centre for Sustainable Development

artefact operates the Centre as…

…a meeting-place for educational programmes and congresses with a futuristic infrastructure:

  • Seminar and convention rooms constructed with materials that save energy and do justice to location specifications
  • Living and common rooms in attractive international cobwork design
  • Independent energy supply from renewable resources with modern solar-wind-biomass power plant
  • Water resource savings techniques and ecological sewage purification

…a place for practical training programmes in environmental technologies, environmental management and environmental pedagogics:

  • Courses and workshops in a unique energy park with demonstration and experimental facilities for both experts and laymen

  • Visitors’ programmes with excursions, inspection of operations and cultural events

  • Environmental and developmental pedagogics for teachers and trainees

  • International technological exchange in the Scandinavian border region

  • Gentle tourism and sensitization to environment, development and Agenda 21

Our customers

Many thousands of visitors and course participants from 50 countries around the world from the areas of business, the skilled trades, education, politics and society, for example

  • Skilled trade boards, professional associations, chambers of commerce

  • The Carl-Duisberg Association

  • The German Foundation for International Development (DSE)

  • University courses

  • Associations involved in community politics

  • Organizations from church and society

  • Schools and authorities

  • 3,000 pupils for day projects

…development and dissemination of innovative environmental technology

  • Consulting on ecological construction methods, energy supply, etc. for the skilled trades, community policy-making, planners and individuals
  • Ideas on going into business based on advanced ecological and economic concepts in areas such as material developments, energy supply and waste avoidance
  • Development and marketing of environmentally and socially compatible products with regional and foreign partners