Applications sought for sustainable urban development exchange program

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Local officials are invited to apply for a two-part immersive program on sustainable urban development that will be held in Germany in May and in the United States in the fall of 2018.
The American Council on Germany’s Sustainable Urban Development Study Tour focuses on the growing importance of cities in promoting strong transatlantic relations. The council will select eight to 10 Americans and eight to 10 Germans to take part.
Participants will travel as a group to two cities in each country to gain different perspectives on the challenges that cities are facing and to learn how their counterparts in another country are tackling sustainability challenges, including climate change, urban mobility, solid waste, renewable energy, and promoting “green” buildings.
During each segment, the council will arrange a series of meetings with city officials, nongovernmental organizations, and think tanks to discuss local challenges in the field of sustainability and how to address them.
Upon completing the study tours, participants will be required to submit an analytical report on their findings. The reports will be published by the American Council on Germany.
Candidates must be local government officials, employees of a nongovernmental organization that works closely with a local government, or  journalists reporting on urban issues.
Participants must commit to take part in both portions of the program. The group will travel to Germany from May 27 through June 2 and to cities in the United States in the fall. The council will cover travel expenses, accommodations and meals.
The application deadline is March 16. To apply, visit
For more information, contact Program Director Robin Cammarota at