G.B.S. is organized by:

OeAD student housing

The OeAD student housing (winner of the Austrian Climate Protection Award 2013) offers accommodations to about 12.000 students annually in OeAD Guesthouses and other student accommodations in Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz and Klagenfurt.

Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna)

For nearly 200 years, TU Vienna has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress. With its 17,000 enrolled students and more than 4,000 staff members TU Vienna is among the most successful technical universities in Europe and Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution. Through its mission it is focusing on „technology for people“, research that develops scientific excellence“ and teaching that „enhances comprehensive competence“.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, sees itself as an education and research centre for renewable resources, which are a necessity for human life. With its wide range of areas of expertise it is the task of BOKU to contribute significantly to the protection of life resources for future generations. With a connection between natural sciences, engineering and economics, BOKU is trying to deepen the knowledge of an ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources in a cultivated landscape.

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research institute. With its eight Centers and around 1,300 employees, AIT regards itself as a highly specialised research and development partner for industry. Its researchers focus on the key infrastructure issues of the future: Energy, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control, Mobility Systems, Low-Emission Transport, Technology Experience and Innovation Systems & Policy.


Reinberg ZT Architekten

The relatively new human consciousness that our resources are limited brought about a new concept, a new concept of how humanity should evolve. For us, it is a concept that recognizes the limitations of the resources, places on the unlimited resource of the sun, and believes that within this concept a true wealth is achievable for everyone. A wealth that does not correspond to the greed of the individual, but a wealth that offers enough for all with regard to culture, social life and the quality of life.

We consider the exploitation of nature and the exploitation of man by man as counterproductive. Rather, we expect the respect of man towards mankind, against nature and its circuits, as the basis for a new possible wealth for everyone.

In this sense, we are developing our urban concepts and our architecture. An architecture that helps to create new wealth. Our buildings are to be in harmony with ecology and offer particularly rich experiences. According to the paradigm shift in the world's view, we create new architecture. We call it "solar architecture". Solar architecture is an attitude that allows us to leave the world without gross ruin in our projects and to create a certain "wealth" in the form of beautiful spaces and good architecture with our buildings.

Research projects: http://houseful.eu/ & http://www.pvadapt.com


University of Vienna

Our working group deals with theory-led, evidence-based, and policy relevant research on spatial aspects of economic activities and societal as well as technological transition processes. We especially focus on issues related to the spatial configuration of innovation and knowledge exchange processes, disparities in regional development, and regional policies and planning. By drawing on economic, institutional, social, and political approaches we seek to contribute to a better understanding of the evolution and the transformation of socio-economic structures and processes from a spatial perspective.
Our particular fields and specialisations in research and teaching include:
Geography of innovation with specific consideration of disruptive technologies and institutional dynamics, regional structural change and regional development, innovation policies and regional development, gender studies, territorial protection policies and land use management, peripheral rural areas, political geography.
In cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austrian Academy of Science, University of Agder and Kiel University the working group publishes the working paper series Papers in Economic Geography and Innovation Studies.


University of Applied Science Technikum Vienna

University of Applied Science Technikum Wien became the first institution in Vienna to receive the status of a university of applied sciences. With around 11,000 graduates thus far and roughly 4,400 students, the UAS Technikum Wien is Austria’s top address for Technology and Innovation. The educational offerings consist of 13 bachelor’s and 18 master’s degree programs, which are offered as full-time, part-time and/or distance study programs. Four degree programs are taught in English. The educational offerings are based on a solid scientific foundation and are also practice-oriented. At UAS Technikum Wien, emphasis is not only placed on providing a high-quality technical education, but also on subjects with a focus on business and personal development. Close ties and collaborations with business and industry give students and graduates excellent career opportunities. The combination of theory and practical application is of central importance in both research and instruction.


Passivhaus Austria

Official partners of G.B.S. are:

Aalborg University

Canadian Green Building Council

Central European University

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate institution of advanced research and teaching, dedicated to socially and morally responsible intellectual inquiry. CEU’s distinctive educational program builds on the research tradition of the great American universities; on the most valuable Central European intellectual traditions; on the international diversity of its faculty and students; on its commitment to social service; and on its own history of academic and policy achievements in transforming the closed communist inheritance. CEU is a new model for international education, a center for study of contemporary economic, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity.

Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS)

The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), is a student-initiated, transdisciplinary centre at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, with the explicit ambition to contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Student-faculty collaboration weaves as a golden thread through the history and organization of all activities at the centre. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, the centre has initiated and expanded the space for transdisciplinary student-led higher education as well as research and collaboration that transcends traditional academic disciplines and boundaries between academia and society at large.

Club of Rome

The Club of Rome is an organisation of individuals who share a common concern for the future of humanity and strive to make a  difference. Our members are notable scientists, economists, businessmen and businesswomen, high level civil servants and former heads of state from around the world. The Club of Rome conducts research and hosts debates, conferences, lectures, high-level meetings and events. The Club also publishes a limited number of peer-reviewed “Reports to the Club of Rome”, the most
famous of which is “The Limits to Growth“.

Danube Rector's Conference

Between its source in the Black Forest and its mouth on the Black Sea, the Danube traverses 2,872 kilometres and shares shores with ten countries. The Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing
sustainable contacts per year.

Danube University Krems

The University for Continuing Education Danube University Krems is the university for continuing education. Its courses are specifically oriented toward the needs of working professionals. The University offers exclusive master's programs and short programs in five areas of study. Serving about 9,000 students from 93 countries and with 20,000 graduates, it is one of the leading providers of further education courses in Europe. Danube University Krems combines 20 years of experience in postgraduate education with innovation and highest quality standards in research and teaching and bears the AQ Austria seal of quality.


FH Campus Wien

At present, buildings account for some 40 percent of total energy consumption. The aim of the graduates of the program “Architecture – Green Building” will be to change this situation as creatively as possible. The focus is on designing and planning innovative, resource-saving and energy-optimized constructions, which meets high aesthetic standards and the requirements of sustainability in economical, ecological and social way throughout the entire life cycle of a building.  The degree program provides a full architectural education with focus on sustainable construction in a compact form: detailed know-how in design, planning and project management, moreover deep insight into integrated planning including BIM (Building Information Modeling), from design to detailed planning. Additional benefits are the framework of interdisciplinary projects together with structural engineering students.

FHWien der WKW

FHWien der WKW/University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication is one of Austria’s leading universities of applied sciences for management and communication. We work closely with local companies to offer a comprehensive and practice-oriented education for over 2,600 students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s or continuing education programs. We currently offer 17 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. Two thirds of our teaching staff have an economic background, and to date we have over 8,400 graduates. Our tailor-made teaching and research allows us to prepare our graduates effectively for their careers whilst reflecting the needs of companies.


GRÜNSTATTGRAU is the Austrian competence centre and central coordination unit for raising issues about the future of urban green environment, innovations and ideas for green cities, for activities targeting research dissemination and knowledge transfer, technical implementation knowledge, participation management and economic and social cooperation concerning Green Infrastructure and nature based solutions on buildings.
The aim is to promote all levels of green on buildings through communication, demonstration projects, business incubators, law and policies activities – not only on national, but also on European level. The intention is to upscale and share the results with all partners in the European network and market (knowledge transfer). The instruments of GRÜNSTATTGRAU include a large-scale demonstration testbed, the entirely green implemented neighbourhood in Vienna, a mobile Green Living Laboratory on roadshow and a multi-stakeholder online platform to develop and offer own supporting tools, services and technologies.

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)

Danube Rectors`Conference (DRC): The Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing sustainable contacts.

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM): IDM is an extramural research institution based on an association – constituted by individual and corporate members.As a gateway and a facilitator institution, the IDM makes an important contribution to cooperation in the fields of research, culture, politics, economics and administration. At the same time, the IDM sees itself as a clearinghouse for concerns of the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe, supporting the work of embassies, trade missions, cultural institutes and national tourist offices of the countries of the Danube region and Central and Southeast Europe in Austria, as well as the work of Austrian missions to these countries.

International Institute for Applied System Analyisis (IIASA)

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the 21st century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by prestigious research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The institute is located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria and one of today’s highest ranked think tanks in the world.


klimaaktiv is the Austrian climate protection initiative and integral part of the Austrian climate strategy. klimaaktiv’s primary objective is to launch and promote climate-friendly technologies and services. In doing so, klimaaktiv focuses on high standards of quality, provides education and training of professionals, gives advice and cooperates with a large network of partners. Learn more about the goals, activities and actors.

Modul University Vienna

MODUL University Vienna (MU) is an international private university in Austria dedicated to cutting-edge research and education on sustainable development, new media technology, tourism, and public governance. It was established by the Vienna Economic Chamber of Commerce and approved by the Austrian Accreditation Council in 2007. The study programs meet strict accreditation guidelines and, due to their international focus, are conducted in English. The university campus is located at Kahlenberg, in Vienna’s 19th district.

Ryerson University

Ryerson University is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its urban campus surrounds the Yonge–Dundas Square, located at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Toronto.

Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science (DAS) is the only school in Canada with a unique interdisciplinary model that integrates across three disciplines: architecture, building science and project management. Its undergraduate program (BArchSc) enables you to choose the specialty that best suits you, and our highly selective graduate programs in architecture (MArch) and building science (MBSc, MASc and PhD) give the opportunity to become a skilled professional and design leader. 

School of Architecture - Hochschule Bremen

The degree course in Architecture at the Bremen School of Architecture is based on the professional activities of architects and aims to provide students an interesting pathway into the multifarious world of architectural creativity.

The programme of studies is continuously developed and addresses the fact that architecture arises in a complex process involving reason, knowledge and intuition, and is essentially an interdisciplinary field embracing the humanities, the social and natural sciences, art and engineering. The training provided is therefore aimed at fostering design skills in both the spatial / sculptural and the technical / engineering sense, in addition to mental agility, reflective skills and the ability to develop one’s own attitudes, ideas and concepts, through academic debate and collaboration with other cultural establishments. In this way, it opens avenues of access at national and above all international level to a wide-ranging profession that has to be seen not only in its direct relationship to architecture, but also in numerous other activities that help to shape our environment.

The aim is also to produce personalities who excel through their creativity, intellectual maturity, environmental awareness, understanding of economic contexts and social responsibility. The Bremen School of Architecture programme leads to a ‘Master of Arts’ degree enjoying worldwide recognition.

SDG-Watch Austria


TU Graz


University of Applied Sciences Burgenland

The University of Applied Sciences Burgenland with its two campuses in Eisenstadt and Pinkafeld, has been offering its unique degree programmes for 25 years. At the moment 4,000 Students study in the fields of Business Studies, Information Technology and Information Management, Energy and Environmental Management, Health and Social Work. With four subsidiaries, the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland is involved in promoting research, continuous academic education, professional qualifications in the public sector and health-promoting measures for businesses.

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

With 6000 students FH Upper Austria counts among the leading universities of applied sciences inAustria. Its four faculties in Hagenberg, Linz, Steyr and Wels foster a network of around 240 partner universities in over 60 countries. At FH Upper Austria we provide innovative teaching and sustainable research at university level while maintaining practice-orientation and the highest quality standards. With our wide range of areas of expertise, we seek to develop practical solutions for the challenges of the future and actively support the transfer of knowledge.


University of Nottingham


The University of Nottingham is a pioneering university that provides an exceptional research-led education (TEF Gold), and an outstanding student experience.


University of Salford - Manchester UK

The University of Salford has a strong tradition of collaborating with local businesses. They work with hundreds of businesses each year to solve technical, commercial and strategic problems. These interactions range from laboratory testing, consultancy and research through to supporting thousands of students to gain work experience and employment. Innovation is at the heart of their work with business and they were proud to be ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for one of its subject areas in the QS world university rankings in 2017. They also received the Research Project of the Year Award and were ranked as one of the world’s most International Universities at the esteemed Times Higher Education Awards in 2016.


University of Tokyo


University of Wuppertal



Waterford Institute of Technology


Media partners of G.B.S. are:


Lebensart VerlagsGmbH

Lebensart VerlagsGmbH is a private publisher of sustainable information. Launched in 2005, ‘Lebensart’ is now the largest sustainability Magazine in Austria with a circulation of 60,000 copies, seven times a year. In 2012 the company launched a second magazine – BUSINESSART – dealing with CSR and sustainable economy.