INSPIRATION follow-up: Workshop Partnering for Sustainable Land Recycling

New impulses for German-American cooperation will be gathered from the upcoming INSPIRATION / Event “Partnering for Sustainable Land Management”. The event will be held in the City of Erfurt on the 18th of December, 2019.

The INSPIRATION coordination and support action has recently released a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Europe ( The SRA is based on research and innovation needs for land and soil management identified by over 500 stakeholders from across Europe. It looks to meet the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation, increasing demands on non-renewable natural resources as well as environmental justice, meanwhile also providing for societal demands for food, drinking water, energy production, shelter and infrastructure. The workshop will explore the outreach of SRA research items across the pond and identify future perspectives for cooperation under the umbrella of ( is a platform for professionals from the US and Germany that facilitates networking and developing ideas about the “Zukunftsstadt – Future City”. The network enables the exchange of thoughts as well as the access to expert knowledge and markets in Germany and the USA. Members will be motivated to provide solutions for sustainable land management and better living in the city of tomorrow.

 For more information, please see the attached agenda for the planned event.

Read more … Webinar July 1st 2019: Smart Cities - Beyond Technology

Safe the Date for our next webinar which seeks to expand the Smart Cities conversation from its current focus on smart technologies and IoT to cities as Smart socio-ecological systems that continuously increase their performance, interconnected behaviors, biocapacity, resilience, regeneration and ability to thrive. Our speakers are Professors John Motloch and Scott Truex.

Read more … Webinar 6/6/2019: Redevelopment Assistance to Brownfields Communities in the US and Germany

Brownfields are an issue both in the US and in Germany. During this webinar, speakers provide an overview of available and free redevelopment assistance to communities dealing with brownfield issues in both countries.
Particularly for the U.S., Dr. Sabine Martin, president of CTOR Solutions, and Johanna Roth, Center for Creative Land Recycling - CCLR, introduce the national Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) program assistance to support brownfield redevelopment. For Germany, Dr. Roland Arnz, AAV Association for Land Recycling and Remediation, introduces how AAV supports brownfield recycling in the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia.

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8. Webinar: Assessing Transatlantic Exchange on Urban Revitalization - What works, what doesn’t? – Shaping Future Programming

The regeneration of older industrial cities remains a challenge for U.S. and European countries. Although the legal, policy, political and community contexts are different, researcher and policymakers in European and US cities have long compared approaches to urban regeneration with an eye toward replicating successful programs and policies. Join this workshop for an interactive discussion on experiences and perspectives on (1) successful trans-Atlantic peer learning experiences; and (2) concrete outcomes, including changes in program or policy, that have resulted from peer learning activities.

Tamar Shapiro (non-resident fellow Urban Institute, former President and CEO of Center for Community Progress) presented her assessment and discussed it in a webinar on February 7th.

The recording is available at our Webinare page.

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7. Webinar: Global Warming: What can we learn from the COP24 meeting?

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze, Dr. Oleksandr Sushchenko, Hannes Rassmann

In December 2018, politicians and scientists from around the globe met in Katowice to evaluate the status of climate change, which is broadly considered to threatening sustainability and resilience of societies around the world. A team of social science researchers with backgrounds as different as international law, political economy and social ethnology from the German research center "UFZ" followed the COP24 meeting in Poland. At this webinar they report on their experiences and assessments.

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6. Webinar: Live-Streaming: At the Frontiers of U.S.-German Urban Transformation Research

We will be streaming live from Washington, D.C., Resources for the Future meeting of!

9:00       Intro

Short presentations + Q&A by hosts of event setting the scene.

  • Ann Bartuska, Vice President RFF Land, Water and Nature (LWN) Program
  • Stephan Bartke, UFZ: A short introduction of the Platform
  • Annette Gatchett, EPA: The history of US-German Bilateral Working Group

9:30       Pitches and presentations by participants

  • Reimund Schwarze, UFZ and European University Viadrina
    "Using Fulbright support for climate and extreme events risk research"
  • Detlef Grimski, German Environment Agency
    "Stakeholder needs for research for sustainable land-use"
  • Britta Bierwagen, US Environmental Protection Agency
    "Community Resilience Research at EPA"
  • Allison Reilly, University of Maryland, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    "Repeated disasters and the costs for FEMA: Insights from the Public Assistance Program"
  • Kris Wernstedt, Virginia Tech Urban Planning
    "The Risk of Resilience"
  • Leidy Klotz, University of Virginia VA Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture
    "Nudging Designers: Choice Architecture for More Resilient Infrastructure"
  • Mike Gerst, University of Maryland, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
    "Development of Resilience Indicators in Maryland Communities"
  • Casey Wichman, Resources For the Future
    "Who pays to replace water infrastructure in the U.S.?"

Join without prior registration online! - Just visit our site and follow instructions!

Read more … is coming (back) to D.C. - Join us in July 17-20!

We are coming back to Washington, D.C. - July 17-20!

As part of and in continuation of the U.S. - German bilateral collaboration on making municipalities more sustainable, we are organizing different events and workshops in D.C.

Meetings include

  • field trips at Long Birdge Park
  • workshop at The US Green Building Council
  • strategic event and discussions at the German Embassy
  • exchange on research frontlines at Resources for the Future

... all oriented at facilitating new German - U.S. collaboration.

You can find first details in a tentative agenda here:

Read more … Summer School in Bochum on Structural Change and Brownfield Recycling

Vom 21.5. bis zum 25.5. fand in Bochum und dem Ruhrgebiet die im Rahmen des Netzwerkes (Research in Germany, City of tomorrow) unterstützte Summer School zum Thema : Structural Change and Brownfield Recycling in Germany. statt. Geleitet wurde die Summer School von Prof. Sabine Martin, Kansas State University, und Prof. Dr. Rolf Heyer. Beiträge kamen von Dr. Stephan Bartke, Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig, Detlef Grimski vom Umweltbundesamt, von Prof. Reimund Schwarze, Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig, und Heike Brauckhoff von der Bochumer Veranstaltungs GmbH. Neben zwei Vortrags- und Diskussionstagen, standen am 23.5. die Exkursion zu Bochumer Beispielen des Strukturwandels (siehe Foto von der Exkursion auf Mark 51°7) und am 25.5. der Besuch auf Phoenix, in Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck, auf Zollverein und im Landschaftspark Duisburg im Mittelpunkt. Die Teilnehmer kamen aus den USA, Mexiko, Brasilien, Polen, der Türkei, Ecuador, dem Iran und Deutschland.


The Summer School on "Structural Change and Brownfield Rcycling in Germany" has brought together students and professionals from the US and Germany in Bochum. Bochum is in the heart of the Ruhr-Area - a region characterized by dramatic structural change and industrial heritage.

The summer school links presentations - that are also live streamed to the web - and excursions to the remarkable places of brownfield revitalisation in the area, including the Jahrhunderthalle and former car production of Opel and mobile phone production of Nokia to Zeche Zollverein.

See Summer School Details for the agenda and links to the livestreams.

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