Streetlife Festival 2014

Green City

A utopia?

Lush green oases instead of asphalt jungle. Clean air instead of smog. Places to meet friends instead of busy intersections. Streets filled with pedestrians, bikers, skaters and playing children instead of traffic jams… a utopian fantasy?

Green City e.V. is working to make this dream come true, piece by piece. Together we are making Munich a better place by promoting the use of alternative forms of transportation, supporting and initiating sustainable city planning and encouraging conscientious energy use. Our vision of Munich is a city of the people for the people.
Think. Join in. Create.

A handful of dedicated citizens founded Green City in 1990 with the goal of creating a people-friendly and green Munich. Today we can count on almost 1,500 fellow campaigners, coordinated by a six-person managing board and a professional team of twenty-five.

AOK Blade Night, Foto: Green City e.V., Andreas Schebesta

For me, for Munich, for the world

We are reclaiming the streets as living space. We are making urban life greener and more pleasant – with trees, flowers and benches. We advocate and promote more bicycles, trains, buses and other sustainable modes of transportation.

By championing renewable energy and energy efficiency, we are laying the groundwork for a secure and sustainable future for upcoming generations. Munich has the potential to run entirely on energy captured from water, wind, and the sun!

Radlnacht 2016, Radlhauptstadt, Foto: Andreas Schebesta

We do it naturally

We don’t just talk, we act – with courage, vision and enthusiasm. We get a kick out of implementing our ideas in unexpected and charming ways. We like to actively include as many people as possible to tackle projects right at our doorstep. That is where we can make change happen, for example:


  • Cycling Through Life/ Life-Cycle: Mobility for all – that’s our motto. We offer individual bicycle courses for immigrants, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
  • Cargo Bike “Louie”: Cargo bikes are rapidly gaining popularity, especially in urban areas. Since November 2015 we can proudly call e-cargo bike “Louie” our own. Citizens of Munich can rent it for free for up to three days and use it to transport as many heavy items as their hearts desire.
  • #MucOhneMief (#MunichWithoutReek): We want to raise awareness of air pollutants like particulate matter and nitrous gases. This is why we initiated the campaign #MucOhneMief, where we measure the concentration of air pollutants in selected places all over Munich.
  • Experience Munich with public transportation: Many refugees arriving in Munich are baffled by the new challenge of understanding the public transport system. We have made it our task to help them find their way through the city by hosting workshops and excursions.
  • Bike Capital Munich: Munich is aiming to become Germany’s bike capital. The city promotes bike traffic and a more environmentally friendly style of cruising through the city.
Wanderbaumallee, Green City e.V., Foto: Green City e.V.

 Urban Design:

  • Streetlife-Festival: Twice a year 200,000 people reclaim the streets as we transform Munich’s main boulevard, the Leopold- and Ludwigstrasse, into the biggest pedestrian promenade in the city!
  • Traveling Trees: With trees on wheels, we call for more green in the city. Our traveling trees have taken root in more than 150 places.
  • Greening Office: Our greening office supports everybody who is looking for information about rooftop or facade greening. We offer free advice on the many advantages of „greener“ buildings!
Klimaküche, Mittelschule - Blumenauerstraße; Foto: Green City e.V.

Environmental Education:

  • Climate Kitchen: When is the right time to grow tomatoes in Germany? Can you really bake cakes without using eggs? These are some of the questions our climate kitchen team answers to school children between grade four and nine.
  • Bus with Feet: It may sound funny but our “Bus with feet” helps young children arrive at school safely. Parents can volunteer to walk a group of children to school. This means that the children are outside, they are under supervision and their parents can save a lot of time.
Kleidertauschparty, Spende für Flüchtlinge, BesucherInnen, Foto: Julia Lebedeva

Climate Protection:

  • Clothing Swap Party: Swap and try instead of buy! During our clothes swap parties anybody can bring clothes and accessories and exchange them for somebody else’s hidden treasures.
  • Green Stage: Our green stage is giving guest lecturers the chance to share innovative ideas and discuss solutions for ecological topics and challenges.

Think with us! Work with us!

Take action and get involved at Green City. You can expect fun and plenty of action as well as interesting projects and contacts. Whether as a volunteer, member or donor, there are many ways to help!

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