Berlin meets NYC: Sustainable Nightlife - Let’s talk green

14 Sep 2022
Best Practices and Discussion

Goethe-Institut New York

14.09.2022 - 10:00
Goethe-Institut NYC, Manhattan, 30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
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What is happening in NYC and Berlin regarding sustainability in nightlife? What would it need to make (more) sustainability happen in nightlife? What are challenges for club owners? What currently prevents them from implementing sustainability measures? What solutions/ models/ best practises do already exist/ are working and can inspire? (How) could those models work in the different cities? Who/ what could be a driver for such projects/practices? What are the first steps to more sustainability? - Affordability, checklist, next steps (Inspiration -> Assembling -> Action Plan)

This event is a cooperation of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology with Goethe-InstitutNYCEDCNYC Office of Nightlife at the Mayor’s Office of Media and EntertainmentClubcommission BerlinClubtopiaUrban Innovation and Berlin Business Office NYC.

Target Group 

  • People who have the power to change things, policy makers, council members
  • Club owner/ owner of the venue/ buildings
  • Festivals
  • Companies/ organizations who offer solutions


This event is part of the TECHNO WORLDS exhibition by Goethe Institute that is currently located at Knockdown Center, NYC. The exhibition is at the intersection of music, art, pop, media, and technology in relation to the multifaceted techno scene, genres, and political projects that have emerged from the subcultures of the 1980s to the present, tracing the processes of cultural and economic appropriation. Techno Worlds - Goethe-Institut USA

Creative Industry



3:30 p.m.

Doors open

4:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

- Dr. Jörg Schumacher, Executive Director, Goethe-Institut New York

- Nadine Jüdes, Department Head Digital Economy & Startups, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology

4:10 p.m.

Best Practices for Sustainable Nightlife

- Katrine Gregersen, Project Coordinator “Clubtopia” at BUND Berlin e.V.

- Eli Goldstein, DJs For Climate Action

- Tim Janßen, Executive Board, Cradle to Cradle NGO

- Lauren Sullivan, Founder, Co-Executive Director, REVERB

4:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion with moderation by Kae Burke, Founder & CD, House of Yes

- Paul Miller, DJ Spooky

- Ariel Palitz, Senior Executive Director of NYC’s Office of Nightlife at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

- Marie von der Heydt, Senior Policy & Program Officer for Music, Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Senate Department for Culture and Europe

- Lutz Leichsenring, Spokesman of Clubcommission Berlin & Partner at VibeLab

- Tyler Myers, Director, Knockdown Center

5:30 p.m.

Q&A from audience

6:00 p.m.

Closing remarks & Networking

- Sebastian Serafin, Deputy Director, Berlin Business Office USA