2017 POCACITO in Germany Application

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2017 POCACITO in Germany Application


Ecologic Institute invites you to apply to participate in the 2017 POCACITO in Germany tour to explore first hand how German cities are adapting to the impacts of climate change. Participants from city and regional authorities, city planners and civil society actors will have the unique opportunity to directly engage with their German professional counterparts and build a US-German network to promote sustainable cities through international exchange. The program will take place from May 15 to 19, 2017.


We offer 15 seats on this tour. Please be sure to submit your application by March 6, 2017.


What does the program include?


Upon being accepted to participate in the program, the following will be covered for all participants:


  • Flights to and from Germany
  • All travel within Germany
  • All accommodations for the duration of the program
  • All fees related to activities, speakers and guides throughout the program
  • Access to the international urban adaptation network to keep in touch with American and German field professionals
  • The majority of program meals

To be able to benefit from this program, each participant is asked to provide a $700 one-time contribution towards the costs.

Where will we go?

We will spend five days traveling first to Munich and then to Essen to learn about their post-carbon transitions, specifically in the areas of climate change adaptation.



In Munich, we will visit the River Isar river restoration, a success story and example for cities such as Los Angeles and London. In addition, participants will learn about green and blue infrastructure projects throughout the city and plans by the city to cope with impacts of climate change such as droughts, heat waves and severe rainstorms.

Furthermore, we will experience nutrient management approaches by the Munich water works who collaborate with local farmers to foster sustainable farming practices.

Bottrop and Essen

In Essen, the 2017 European Green Capital, and Bottrop, we continue our exploration of climate change adaptation in Germany’s cities.


In Essen, we will tour the city’s former coal mine Zeche Zollverein, expose you to Germany’s rich culture and discuss the day’s activities over dinner.

Other highlights in Essen include: river restoration of the River Emscher; intelligent interconnection of green spaces in the program Cool City; and sustainable urban forestry under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) criteria.

Who can apply?

Participants will be selected by mid March. At the end of April and early May, participants can participate in two webinars to prepare for the study tour as well as to get to know each other before the tour.

Criteria for selection include:

  • You should be an employee of city or regional authorities, a city planner or another urban civil society actor based in the United States
  • Your professional qualification and work experience should link to climate change adaptation in cities
  • You should preferably be between 25 and 35 years old.
  • You should have an interest in Germany, its culture and its history as well as an interest in continuing to maintain contacts acquired during the study tour
  • Knowledge of the German language is an advantage, but not required

The application for the POCACITO in Germany program is now open. Please submit your application at: http://bit.ly/POCACITO_DE2017