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Two of the four workshops will take place in Germany (Ruhr Region and Stuttgart). The other two workshops will be held in the U.S. (Northern Virginia) and in Canada (Guelph, Ontario). The explicit purpose of each workshop will be to highlight the development and performance of German, Canadian and U.S. community energy planning practices within unique thematic contexts (e.g. energy efficient buildings, building retrofits, district energy systems, or regional redevelopment) and to evaluate the transfer of innovative practices between Germany and selected North American metropolitan regions. The four workshops will be accompanied by site visits.
Workshop #4: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Integrated Community Energy Systems: Sustainable City Building, Competitiveness and Economic Development
15th - 17th of May 2013
The purpose of this workshop will be to assess the practical aspects of implementing community energy plans and in particular the critical issues of financing. In addition, this workshop will assess the international benchmarking and role of public-private partnerships.
New Publication: Special Symposium on Nature, Science, and Politics, or: Policy Assessment to Promote Sustainable Development
Editors: Sabine Weiland, Vivien Weiss and John Turnpenny. Nature+Culture, Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2013
This special symposium explores how the construction and utilization of scientific knowledge in policy making and its impact in the policy process itself can be better understood.