Mayor Barnett to Attend Transatlantic Climate Bridge in Germany

Rochester Hills, Michigan – Mayor Bryan K. Barnett is one of ten U.S. elected officials selected to attend the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, “Sustainable Planning, Sustainable Communities,” visit to Germany where he will experience firsthand how innovative climate and energy policy not only protects the environment, but also makes economic and business sense.

In 2009, the United States Department of State signed a joint declaration with the German Government to support the exchange and application of mutually beneficial sustainable energy and climate change policies. Since then, several groups of US policy makers, business people, journalists, and agricultural experts have participated in the program.

“Energy efficiency and sustainability are playing a vital role in economic planning, and so it is paramount that we plan with the future firmly in mind,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “It will be an honor to represent our country on this international visit.”

The tour is organized by the German Embassy in Washington D.C and all travel expenses are covered by the German Government. Mayor Barnett’s tour will take place this June and lead him to Berlin, Hamburg and Freiburg.

“This is a unique opportunity to meet with policy makers, business leaders, and industry representatives to discuss key issues and trends associated with developing sustainable cities of the future,” states Barnett.

More information regarding the Transatlantic Climate Bridge can be found online at

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