Saturday, July 13, 2024
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Die Handgemachte Stadt Tours Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in Germany

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected to attend the Ecologic Institute’s Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow (POCACITO) program this June in Germany to tour the country’s model projects for sustainability, energy, and urban innovation. We will be headed to the port city of Hamburg in the north, followed by a trip to the Ruhrgebiet, a formerly heavily industrialized area that hosted plentiful coal mining and steel production and has had to cope with massive job losses as industry retools and heavy industry is shipped eastward (I suppose it’s not “overseas” when China is on an adjacent, if not very far away, land mass).

Ecologic is a DC-based policy and research organization that fosters international exchange on topics of sustainability and has hosted forums on Arctic policy, urban planning, climate, land use, security, and other subjects, and also produces the POCACITO program in partnership with a range of European and international organizations including Aarhus University, the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, and others.

I will be gone for the better part of two weeks (which includes what I can safely call a much-needed vacation down to Stuttgart to visit some friends, one of whom I know from the GAAP exchange program I did in high school) and hope to post from Germany. 

Mach’s gut, y’all.

Nat M. Zorach

Nat M. Zorach, AICP, MBA, is a city planner and energy professional based in Detroit, where he writes about infrastructure, sustainability, tech, and more. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he attended Grinnell College in Iowa, the Kogod School of Business at American University, the POCACITO transatlantic program, the SISE program at the University of Illinois Chicago, and he is also a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow. He enjoys long walks through historic, disinvested Rust Belt neighborhoods at sunset. (Nat's views and opinions are his own and do not represent those of his employer).

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