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Taught exclusively in English with a preparatory online component, this program lets you see sustainability in action in Germany and the Netherlands—two countries widely recognized as leaders in innovative response to climate change.

The primary learning objective is to develop a substantive understanding of the cultural factors involved in the practice of sustainability in the Netherlands and Germany. In the Netherlands, where 26% of the terrain is below sea level and another 29% subject to inland flooding, the focus is on water management and adaptations required to deal with sea level rise and to improve urban resilience. In Germany, the focus is on the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables in electricity generation, transportation and heating. We also pay attention to how the Netherlands and Germany use their knowledge and experience in connection with development projects abroad. After the daily excursions and meetings, you enjoy the vibrant cultural scene of three first-class European cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Berlin.

At the end of the program, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the pursuit of sustainability in these two European countries. This will equip you to better understand the complexity of the situation in the United States and elsewhere in the world. In the words of a recent participant, “The Berlin and Rotterdam program raised my awareness of sustainability and introduced me to innovative new concepts. Some of the incredible speakers and projects we got to experience changed the trajectory of my life. I have new career goals which are more multifaceted, and I also feel much more aware of the world in general.”

Bicycling: Because bicycling is an essential part of the experience in the Netherlands, participants should feel comfortable on a bike or plan to learn how to bike confidently before the program begins. Most of our biking is urban and not strenuous, but there is an optional biking excursion to the Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier that requires a basic level of physical fitness and comfort on a bicycle.

Penn Summer

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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