Freiburg Perspectives: The City as a Raw Materials Repository

Freiburg Perspectives: The City as a Raw Materials Repository

On November 22, 2019, the Freiburg office of Drees & Sommer invites participants to the second edition of Freiburger Perspectiven. The guest speaker will be Professor Dr. Michael Braungart, one of the developers of the Cradle to Cradle design principle, who will speak about the potential of this innovative concept for the German city of Freiburg. 

The Cradle to Cradle design principle (C2C) stands for a continuous circulation of resources in closed circles. In his lecture on Freiburg als Cradle to Cradle-Stadt (in English: ‘Freiburg as a Cradle to Cradle City’), Professor Dr. Michael Braungart will explain how whole cities can become sustainable sources of raw materials with the support of C2C. He will also talk about the alternative business models and yield opportunities which arise by the use of Cradle to Cradle. The business breakfast event will take place in the Freiburg office of Drees & Sommer and start at 9:00 hours. After the lecture, there will be an opportunity for discussion and an exchange of views.

Freiburg already plays a pioneering role in Germany in the area of sustainability. This is shown, for example, by the city hall which is regarded as the first public net plus energy building in the world. The construction of the new city hall is one of the flagship projects of the Freiburg office of Drees & Sommer, which played an important role in the building project as the general technical planner. Stefan Kattendick, head of Drees & Sommer’s office in Freiburg, said: ‘With its ambitious sustainability goals, Freiburg offers exciting challenges which we have already successfully solved in numerous projects’. The company has been represented in Freiburg since 2015 and currently has about 25 staff members there.