NLC Delegation Seeks to Strengthen Sustainability at Home and Abroad

April 23, 2012
To facilitate the exchange of best practices and learning across international communities, NLC's Sustainability Program led a delegation of U.S. local leaders to cities in Sweden and Germany last week.

NLC is blogging at about the delegation's activities, which have included a visit with Mark Francis Brzezinski, the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, meetings at Stockholm, Sweden, City Hall and a tour of Hammarby Sjöstad, a former industrial district that is now an international model for sustainable, integrated redevelopment.

The delegation also visited Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden, which, along with Stockholm, is considered one of the leading cities in the nation on issues of sustainability, and Hamburg, Germany, where they toured the waterfront development area of HafenCity and the U.S. Consul General to Hamburg.

The delegation includes Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City; Mayor Roy Buol of Dubuque, Iowa; Mayor Christopher Coleman of Saint Paul, Minn.; Councilman James Kraft of Baltimore; Councilmember Tom LaBonge of Los Angeles; Michael Christensen, deputy executive director of the Port of Los Angeles; Councilmember Matthew Zone of Cleveland; and David Ebersole, brownfields manager of the Economic Development Department for the City of Cleveland.

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, Sweden.

NLC's Sustainability Program led an International Sustainability Exchange last week composed of a delegation of U.S. local elected officials to Sweden and Germany. On the first day, the U.S. city representatives met with Stockholm Vice Mayor for Environment Per Ankersjö at Stockholm City Hall. From left to right: Cleveland Councilmember Matthew Zone; Dubuque, Iowa, Mayor Roy Buol; NLC Second Vice President and Saint Paul, Minn., Mayor Chris Coleman; Ankersjö; Baltimore Councilman James Kraft; and David Ebersole, brownfields manager of the Economic Development Department for the City of Cleveland.

U.S. city representatives impress a distinguished group of Swedish officials with information on the extent of sustainability initiatives in U.S. cities at a seminar hosted by Forum for Reforms, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, one of Sweden's leading think tanks on issues related to the environment.

Mayor Chris Coleman adds a pin for St. Paul, Minn., to the map of foreign visitors to Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm's model sustainable community development./ Photos courtesy of the U.S. Embassy, Sweden.

Members of the delegation tour Western Harbor, a former shipyard in Malmö, Sweden, that has been redeveloped and transformed over the past decade into a mixed-use community incorporating innovative sustainability features throughout the newly built environment.