Applied Sustainability

Welcome to the Sustainability pages in Serlo.

The content provided here is meant to be used by students as well as contributors, educational institutions and teachers. All content can be copied, altered and distributed according to the Creative Commons license.

This subject is currently in development. Most content is in German and has yet to be translated.

Here at Applied Sustainability you can learn the skills and the knowledge to live a sustainable and self-determined life. This subject is commited to the principles of Permaculture

If you have ever heard of Permaculture before, just ask: What is Permaculture?

As we are in the process of developing our content you can find it here:

Applied Sustainability Content: New Subjects and Topics

Our Vision

Serlo Sustainability aims to spread environmental awareness and the skills and knowledge to live a sustainable life. We use ditigal technology to reach a broad audience.

We build a open global learning platform for sustainability that is available for everybody and also can be used by educators for free. All content is licensed unter a Creative Commons license and we encourage you to copy, remix, change and spread it. Have fun!

Example: Article

The article on the Wormery is one of the first ones we translated into English.

You can also learn about Permaculture.

Example: Topic overviews

Every topic offers an overview of all the content inside. The first topic we started to translate is Fertility and soil building.

Example: Videos and Exercises

Serlo Sustainability also includes excercises and videos.


In order to support our users to learn and to create we develop small software solutions that help with garden planning and other tasks.

Plant Buddies (public beta)

Plant Buddies is an easy to use tool that helps you with companion planting.

It's like online dating for plants!

Need a good compaion for your plant? Find it here fast. It's like a companion planting chart but in 2017.

See for our English beta test and make sure to tell your friends.

Garden Planner (Prototype)

Gardens, beds, rooftops, landscapes: The Garden Planner seeks to empower people to dream, design and create.

The tool is browser-based, easy to use, free and open source – But unfortunately not finished yet.

Please get in touch if you want to help out with the developement (Javascript knowledge needed).

We need you!

For the english version of Serlo Applied Sustainability we are looking for translators (german/english).

Also, it would be very useful if you could help us to further develop the content, i.e. writing articles in English, designing exercises or producing videos on permaculture or sustainability topics.

We also look for organisations interested in using the tools offers and other collaborations. Do you know someone that might be interested?

Take part in the construction of free and open Sustainability Education and contact us at: