Worldwatch Institute Europe Closes, Worldwatch in DC Continues Work
After five years of crafting environmental strategies for European decision-makers, Worldwatch Institute Europe closes its doors. Worldwatch Institute in the United States continues its work.
Copenhagen—Following a five-year run of communicating sustainability concepts to European decision-makers and the public to accelerate the movement toward an environmentally sustainable society, the Worldwatcth Institute Europe (WWIE) has ceased operations at the end of January, the Institute’s Board of Directors announced.
The organization’s affiliated organization in the United States, the Washington-based Worldwatch Institute, is unaffected by this decision. Worldwatch will continue its work on sustainability, which reaches a European audience along with others around the world. The two organizations are independent financially and legally but otherwise affiliated, with past and current Worldwatch executives on WWIE’s board. Worldwatch Europe, founded in 2011, is registered as a Danish non-profit organization, while the Worldwatch Institute in Washington was registered in the United States in 1974.
The WWIE Board expressed approval with the European Institute’s accomplishments and thanked the many staffers and volunteered who carried its work forward over the years. Despite a number of grant-supported projects completed, income fell short of needs to sustain ongoing research in recent years, the Board said. The Institute will close with no outstanding debt. Followers of its work are encouraged to continue to follow the work of Worldwatch in the United States via its website, www.worldwatch.org.
“Many people were involved in building and running WWIE. Most of them worked for no or only a humble salary. Everyone worked for many hours to meet their own high standards,” says Dan Boding-Jensen, Chairman of the Board of directors. “Thanks for sharing the ambition of empowering European decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs.”
WWIE achieved many results, among which the most important was influencing new areas such as the living city, the circular economy, and involving children in reintroducing nature in the urban living environment.
A special thanks to partners, including the Velux Foundation, Norden, Europanævnet, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, and the Cowi Foundation, for funding many of our projects. Finally, thank you to the Worldwatch Institute staff and board in the United States for their technical support, advice, and enthusiastic support over the years.