This photo was taken at InnovationCity Ruhr in the German city of Bottrop.
Bottrop is transforming itself from a coal-based economy. The city is a leader in district energy and conservation, and an example of how energy leadership is a tool to building a resilient local economy. Community engagement has been key to their successful transformation. Bottrop’s Mayor, Bernd Tischler (in the photo to my left) graciously hosted us in his city and shared their experiences with us. We will continue to stay in touch with officials from Bottrop so that we can learn from their example.