On day three of the NLC delegation’s tour of Europe, we arrived in Hamburg, Germany, the European Green Capital in 2011. Hamburg is a beautiful and bustling city that is home to the second largest port in Europe and is a center of renewable energy, aerospace, and media.
Our visit to Hamburg kicked off with lunch at the U.S Consulate hosted by Consul General Inmi Patterson. Our delegation learned about the long history of collaboration between the United States and Hamburg dating back to George Washington.
Following lunch, our group headed to HafenCity, the city’s large waterfront redevelopment project. Like many U.S. cities, Hamburg confronts the challenge of underused, formerly industrial land in need a remediation and redevelopment. With HafenCity, Hamburg strives to create a mix of residential, corporate, retail, and cultural spaces to ultimately create a new livable and vibrant area of the city. The development, which will be built in stages and be completed in 2025, calls for almost all new buildings to replace the single story sheds that previously occupied the space. These new buildings will be built to meet stringent energy efficiency guidelines.
After the tour, the delegation shared their insights and experience from their cities with HafenCity CEO Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg. Council Member Matt Zone and David Ebersole, Brownfield Manager for the City of Cleveland, Ohio discussed efforts in their city to remediate formerly industrial land for new uses. Baltimore, Maryland Councilman James B. Kraft highlighted the similarities between HafenCity’s plans and Baltimore’s forty year history of successful waterfront redevelopment programs.
Our day closed back at the U.S. Consulate with a reception hosted by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce where NLC delegates and business leaders discussed the important role that private industry plays in sustainability.
Our tour of Hamburg continues with a tour of the Hamburg Port, best practice exchange at the Bucerius Law School.
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