Bottrop, Germany: community engagement done right

InnovationCity Ruhr

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.

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2 Comments on “Bottrop, Germany: community engagement done right”

  1. David Michael Schaller Says:

    What did the trip to Germany cost the taxpayer of Guelph. I am a taxpayer in Guelph. Please let the people of Guelph know if this is of value.

  2. ksulliva Says:

    Hi David,

    The Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue and its sponsors covered the cost of accommodations, some of the airfare, and most meals. The cost to taxpayers for airfare was about $700 each for the mayor and two City employees. Other costs (for train fares, reception costs, host gifts, and meals) totaled about $1900 for all three delegates. So, the total cost to taxpayers is approximately $4000 for the three delegates.

    Thanks,
    Kate Sullivan, Mayor’s Office

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