Experience sustainability with us!

About us

We are a young group of “Visionaries in Action” that believe that transformative learning is the key for change.

Find out more about us.

Our Vision

Our shared vision is a healthy planet with responsible people living in it who guarantee a good life for all.

Here is how we plan to get there.

Our principles

Our actions are guided by the principles of Global Learning and Education for Sustainable Development.

Find out more on the important principles of our work

Get active!

For Activists

If you prefer getting active and doing something meaningful, instead of sitting on your couch complaining, then join our forces!

with your school or university

We provide innovative approaches to convey topics related to climate change or one of the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a municipality

Your members can become even more confident standing up for sustainable development!

Valentina Aversano-Dearborn

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Valentina has been active in a range of initiatives, projects and organizations focusing on sustainability and environmental issues for more than 15 years. She studied sociology and sustainable regional development in Germany, Italy and France. Alongside with working for ViA, Valentina is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), with a research focus on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable practices in society and economy.

Contact: valentina@forum-via.org

Gregor Danzinger

Project Support & Administration

Gregor studied Environmental and Bioresources Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He coordinated the research project Regional Futures at the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability with Austrian and international partners, which focused on regional vulnerabilities to climate change in Austria and Germany.

Gregor supports Forum ViA’s work through admin- and project support.

Contact: gregor@forum-via.org

Irene Brettner-Litherland

Project assistance, Team Coordination Vienna & Networking

Irene started as Sustainability Ambassador with us when she decided to set off on a journey to Malaysia sharing her experience of travelling without flying and without using plastic bottles with a Viennese partner class. Since she came back in early 2016, she is part of our team in Vienna. She first studied languages and worked in the UK for several years but on returning to Austria she started working in education. Recently she graduated from the Vienna Master in Human Rights. At Forum ViA she can combine her passion for education and social sustainability.

Contact: irene@forum-via.org

Susanna Dellantoni

Projekt Assistance

Susanna studied Environmental and Bio-Resource Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and aims to complete a master’s degree in “Green Care”. She is especially interested in environmental pedagogy and renewable energy and has gained experience in non-profit research institutes. Sustainable projects, as well as animal rights and environmental conservation, are near and dear to her heart.

Contact: susi@forum-via.org

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Our partners

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen
Center for Global Change and Sustainability
Ecosocial Student Forum
forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften
Patagonia, Inc.
Pilgrim Schools
Seek the Change
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