The Goethe-Institut Boston is committed to the ideals of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals to address the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030, including inequality, climate, education, and justice. Our mission to foster international cultural exchange, transatlantic dialogue and educational collaborations is encapsulated in these goals. We strive to listen to the community in which we work and address today’s challenging questions through our programming. We hope to inspire and engage our audience, students, and visitors by demonstrating our commitment to sustainability in everything we do.
The Goethe-Institut Boston is committed to communicating the urgency of action to fight climate change and building a sustainable world through cultural and educational programming in collaboration with our partners in New England. We are an active member of the Cultural Working Group of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change and are participating in the city’s pilot Climate Action Plan process in 2021.
The Goethe-Institut Boston is taking concrete steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and working towards becoming carbon neutral. We strive to incorporate ecological sustainability into our planning and decision-making with the aim to reduce the environmental impact of our facilities and operations. We recognize the delicate balancing and difficult decision-making that are required to meet these ambitious environmental goals and simultaneously fulfill our institution’s mission of transatlantic exchange and connecting educators, experts, and artists across the Atlantic. We strive to live this dilemma openly and continuously look for new solutions.