Building on the American Council on Germany’s history of best practice exchanges among urban affairs experts, the ACG is conducting a two-part immersive program on sustainable urban development. This initiative is designed to focus on the growing importance of cities in promoting strong transatlantic relations. The ACG will bring together American and German practitioners working in urban affairs and sustainability in Germany in May of 2018 and in the United States in the fall of 2018.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn how their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic are tackling sustainability challenges, including but not limited to climate change, urban mobility, zero-waste initatives, renewable energies, and green building. The Sustainable Urban Development Study Tour allows groups of urban professionals to receive an in-depth look at urban planning and city management as they improve the lives of their citizens and plan for the future.
The ACG will select eight to 10 Americans and eight to 10 Germans to take part in the two-part study tour. During each segment, the ACG 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. Participants travel as a group to two cities in each country in order to gain different perspectives on the challenges cities are facing. The ACG will cover international and domestic travel expenses (economy class), as well as accommodations and meals.
Participants will be expected to engage with on another between the two trips through an online platform. 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 non-governmental 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 in order to be selected. The group will travel to Germany from May 27 until June 2, 2018, and travel to the United States will take place in the fall of 2018, tentatively in October.
The initiative is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) through the European Recovery Program (ERP) and also the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Application deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018
Applicants must submit the following information via the online application form:
- A current resume;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- Answers to the following short-essay questions:
- Why are you interested in participating in this initiative?
- What are your personal and professional objectives you wish to accomplish by participating?
- What will you contribute to this program?
- How do you plan to disseminate the information you will gain from this program in your community and to your networks?
- Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States or German citizen residing in Germany;
- Be in the relatively early stages of their career;
- Have a minimum of five years of relevant, full-time work experience;
- Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
- Demonstrate a track record of outstanding professional performance; and
- Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.
This program is made possible with support from: