Freiburg isn’t just the city of Bächle and home of the Cathedral. Today, the city bears the undisputed, unofficial title of Germany's environmental capital. Along the Dreisam, sustainability is of the utmost importance. As a cross-cutting issue, sustainable development affects all areas of life in the city. Freiburg is in the third phase of the municipal "Zukunftsstadt” (Future City) competition, and has agreed on a total of 60 sustainability objectives currently in implementation.
These objectives include improvements to interrelationships between mobility, health, and the environment, budgeting for things like expansions to sidewalks and bike lanes. At the same time, the city’s position in business and science is to be expanded and culture and sports strengthened. Moreover, Freiburg is committed to environmental protection.
The city's Vauban District is of particular importance in terms of sustainable living: the model project enjoys worldwide significance and, with the help of an effective passive construction method, produces more energy than its residents consume.