Subnational Partnerships for Sustainable Development
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Subnational Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Transatlantic Cooperation between the United States and Germany

Holley Andrea Ralston

This fascinating volume examines the recent increase in subnational environmental policy agreements between different countries, with a particular focus on Germany and the US. Holley Ralston explores why international environmental partnerships are forming at the state level and the factors that both aid and inhibit their long-term success.
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Chapter 7: Maryland and Schleswig-Holstein (2002)

Transatlantic Cooperation between the United States and Germany

Holley Andrea Ralston


On 5 July 2002, the Acting Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Merrylin Zaw-Mon, and the Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Nature and Forestry of SchleswigñHolstein (MUNF), Klaus M¸ller, met in Tˆnning, SchleswigñHolstein to form an environmental partnership. The two signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on sustainable development, energy conservation, renewable energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, ëgreení building development and land and watershed management. The primary aim of the cooperation, as alluded to throughout the MoU, was to learn from one another to advance policies in these areas. The stated mechanisms for achieving this objective were through ëexchanges of information and technical assistanceí, ëstudy tours, workshops, work sessions, training courses, conferences and symposiaí. The parties also listed some possible short- and long-term activities. The short-term activities were: (1) ësetting up links to homepagesí; (2) ëcollecting best practices case studies on green buildings, watershed management, wind energy, ìsmart growthî or coastal zone managementí; (3) ëinviting individual speakers to conferences or workshopsí; and (4) ëconvening bilateral conference[s] including different actors of society (business, science, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] etc.).í

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