The webinar was on July 1st at 14:00-15:00 GMT Webinar "Smart Cities - Beyond Technology"

John Motloch & Scott Truex
John Motloch & Scott Truex

This webinar 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.

The webinar was on June 6th at 14:00-15:15 GMT Webinar 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 will 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, will introduce the national Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) program assistance to support brownfield redevelopment - highlighting available brownfield related EPA resources and state specific resource examples.

For Germany, Dr. Roland Arnz, AAV Association for Land Recycling and Remediation, introduces how AAV supports brownfield recycling in the Federal State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, which is the most populated German state and has been the industrial heart of Germany’s heavy industries.

The webinar was on Feb. 7th at 15:00- 16:00 GMT (16:00 - 16:45 Berlin | 10:00 am - 11:00 am Washington).

Assessing Transatlantic Exchange on Urban Revitalization - What works, what doesn’t? – Shaping future programming

Tamar Shapiro

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. In fact, non-governmental organizations, universities, governments, foundations, and private initiatives have sponsored, convened, and supported dozens of transatlantic professional exchanges among peer policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and civic/business leaders.

To better understand the impact of such transatlantic exchanges, the Urban Institute in Washington, DC – in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – is currently developing a typology and high-level assessment of peer-learning activities that have taken place over the past decade with a specific focus on the revitalization of older, industrial cities in Europe and the United States.

This webinar took the form of an interactive discussion. Participants were asked to contribute their experience and perspectives. Specifically, participants were invited to discuss two broad questions: (1) Describe a peer learning experience you participated in that was particularly successful; and (2) Describe any concrete outcomes, including changes in program or policy, that have resulted from peer learning activities in which you participated. The input was used to identify needs and priorities and to shape future programming and support. Moreover, the webinar provides initial findings, including an overview of different exchange formats.

The discussion was be led by Tamar Shapiro, a non-resident fellow with the Urban Institute, currently based in Leipzig, Germany. Before moving to Leipzig, Tamar was the President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, a national non-profit working on vacant property revitalization in the United States. Prior to that, she ran the Urban Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The webinar was on Dec. 20th at 14:30 - 15:45 GMT.

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

Summerschool Bochum

May 2018, Bochum

The rediscovery of urban open spaces to be climate ready and liveable

This webinar was on Monday, 26 March 2018, 17:00 Europe/Berlin

Climate resilient investment finance after the Bonn-Fiji Commitment to urban action

This webinar was on Thursday, February 22, 2018, 16:00 Europe/Berlin

Due to legislators’ short terms of office, the public sector tends to focus on immediate needs, rather than longer-term investment. As a result, generating commitments to infrastructure investments is always difficult.  Anticipating and responding to political and economic threats to infrastructure from climate change is even more challenging. Investments in resilient infrastructure can both mitigate climate risks and improve adaptive capacity. After one of the warmest calendar years on record, the DE-US webinar series returns to the issue of attracting needed investments. We shall briefly review the general infrastructure finance problem and existing tools for raising funds. Then we shall turn to the 2017 Bonn-Fiji commitment of Local and Regional Leaders to the Paris Accord and the new opportunities those commitments provide as well as the demands for finance they encompass.  We then will examine major emissions trading schemes in place and in development, notably in China. Looking at the divergent characteristics of market prices and the social costs of carbon, we will close by considering the features of carbon trading systems that would best support raising climate-resilient infrastructure funds while reducing emissions and raising awareness of the local development co-benefits of low carbon, climate-resilient strategies of cities.

Brownfields 2017: Review & Preview // Brownfields Redevelopment, The Opel/GM Case in Bochum/Germany

This webinar was on Monday, January 23, 2018, 16:00 Europe/Berlin

Redevelopment of brownfields, former coal minig and steel production sites,  is in the Ruhr-Region of Germany daily business since 1958. But the redevelopment in the second generation (The Opel site was former coal mining area Dannenbaum) is very special : a new company with the fomer landlord as shareholder, very short development time, integration in the city redevelopment are highlights. Can the case OPEL/GM in Bochum also best practise for USA, special for Detroit ? That could be a good issue to discuss.

2. Webinar: Optimization of redevelopment for environmentally burdened sites

This webinar was on Monday, November 27, 2017, 16:00 Europe/Berlin

The authors Ingo Quaas and Kersten Roselt developed with their teams a method to optimize the redevelopment of contaminated, derelict properties. The approach is based on identification and monetary valuation of liability risks and waste disposal uncertainties. Application of this method - called optirisk® - is a significant contribution to an INTEGRATED SITE REDEVELOPMENT CONCEPT, which reduces investment needs to an optimal level facing the site-specifc risk. Thus, the chances of reactivating polluted sites are improved. Moreover, optirisk® also allows to consider the options of using renewable energies in relation with the re-use of a site. The webinar will introduce the concept and report about aplications in the US and Germany.

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Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Financing - A Webinar

This webinar was on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 17:00 Europe/Berlin

Infrastructure financing is a perennial problem: the public sector tends to focus on immediate needs, rather than longer-term investment. But infrastructure investments can both mitigate climate risks and improve adaptive capacity. Climate infrastructure finance is thus the first webinar topic in the DE-US series. We shall examine the general infrastructure finance problem, existing tools for raising funds and the special conditions and opportunities that the logic and process of the Paris Accord provides. In particular, we will review major emissions trading schemes and their prospects for raising climate infrastructure funds while reducing emissions and raising awareness of the costs of burning carbon.