On-site Sustainability Seminar in Southern Germany, Aug 3 -11, 2014
This year's greenXchange seminar took place in southern Germany from August 3rd until August 11th. The seminar, while begining and ending in Munich, also took the participants through a number of exciting projects in the cities of Konstanz, Freiburg, and Stuttgart.
greenXchange in Munich
GreenXchange meeting. Photo: Courtesy greenXchange
In Munich, greenXchange was hosted by the European Janusz Korczak Academy and the Jewish Community. greenXchangers visited and met with the German-Israeli Future Forum, KKL-JNF’s Munich Office, the Plant for the Planet Foundation, the Israeli Consul Dr. Dan Shaham Ben-Hayun, the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch, and a representative of the Heussen Law Firm. Furthermore, greenXchangers participated in a Green City Tour, had a capacity building workshop, and got to know the Hermannsdorfer Landwerkstätten.
Munich was the start and final meeting point for the greenXchange seminar this year. Next to internal greenXchange discussions about the advancement of the initiative, meetings in Munich tackled the work of Israeli and Jewish representatives in Southern Germany, showed how a grass-root initiative (Plant for the Planet) can become very successful, how the legal framework for renewable energies in Germany looks like, and how sustainably conscious city dwelling is possible.
greenXchange in Konstanz
Meeting with Israeli Consul Dr. Dan Shaham Ben-Hayun in Munich. Photo: Courtesy greenXchange
greenXchangers participated in a Green City Tour through Konstanz, got to know the activities of Vida Eat Different, and the Nature School of Konstanz.
Main questions that were dealt with included: How can a city place an emphasis on and support green and sustainable business? How can I live a sustainable lifestyle looking at my eating habits? and How can city dwellers connect to nature?
greenXchange in Freiburg im Breisgau
In Freiburg, greenXchange met its Mayor, Dr. Dieter Salomon, got to know Freiburg’s Green City Cluster, the Eco-Station of Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institute, and experienced nature in the WaldHaus.
Questions that were answered in this tour were: How can Freiburg be such a green and sustainable city? What are the challenges and pitfalls? How does science contribute to a sustainable future? Finally, What makes nature in Southern Germany so special?
greenXchange in Stuttgart
In Stuttgart, greenXchange learned about the hot project-potato Stuttgart 21, and met at the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector.
Main question answered here were: What does the city do in order to include citizens in decision making projects, especially regarding large infrastructure projects?