#DJH for Future – Lighthouse project for mindful meeting spaces

Project Objective

Taking the DJH youth hostel in Balingen-Lochen as a concrete example, the project team will develop an implementation concept that

  • shows how a sustainable and careful modernisation and revitalisation of real estate within the DJH-Landesverband Baden-Württemberg e.V. can be implemented and sustainably financed.
  • reflects the principles of the circular economy within the running of a non-profit hospitality provider, and thus within the entire lifecycle of the building.
  • visualizes and creates a tangible experience of sustainability and applied circular economy with the educational programme of the DJH multiplying the principles of the circular economy. 
  • as a “DJH FOR FUTURE – Guideline”, can form the scalable basis for 47 youth hostels in Baden-Württemberg and optionally for the remaining approximately 440 youth hostels in Germany, thus advancing the circular economy in the hospitality market in an exemplary way. 

After completion of the CEWI project, an immediate and concrete implementation of the master concept “DJH FOR FUTURE – Guideline” for the Balingen-Lochen Youth Hostel is planned.


Applied Approaches and Areas of Action

Symbol für Ansatz der Circular Economy

Increase product and material efficiency (modular design)


Extending service life & more efficient use (e. g. circular building materials trade, reuse of  components)

Symbol für Circular Economy Ansatz

Substitution of resources and materials (alternative raw materials)

Unique feature

The “DJH FOR FUTURE” project is unique due to its scalability:  

  • regional – DJH-Landesverband Baden-Württemberg e.V. (47 properties) 
  • national – DJH Hauptverband für Jugendwandern & Jugendherbergen e.V. (~450 youth hostels) 
  • international – Hostelling International (with more than 3000 hostels).

Following Organization from the CEWI Network are participating

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