The German Consulate General and the Goethe Zentrum / German Cultural Center would like to invite you to be part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge.

This event features a panel discussion with German and American climate and building experts that show how you can save on your energy bills and protect the environment at the same time at the German Cultural Center 1197 Peachtree Street NE, Colony Square, Plaza Level, Atlanta, GA 30361-2401.

The Transatlantic Climate Bridge is a joint commitment between the Unites States, Germany and Canada to invest in newer, cleaner sources of energy that can create new jobs and world-class >industries, clean up the environment and protect the climate, improve standards of living and enhance global security.

In the US alone, buildings account for 72% of electricity consumption, 39% of energy use, 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and 14% of potable water consumption. If Germany can build houses that can sustain themselves and leave no foot print so can Georgia! Which laws, regulations and technology make it possible? To find out, please join the German-American Panel Discussion on Energy Efficient Buildings. Speakers are flown in from Germany and from Chicago just for the evening!

A Passive House is a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people, electrical equipment, etc. Energy losses are minimized. The result is an impressive system that not only saves up to 90% of space heating costs, but also provides a uniquely terrific indoor air quality.


The panel discussion features the following speakers:

Lutz H. Görgens, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Atlanta

Andreas Schüring, Transport, Construction and Urban Development, Promotion of Energy Conservation and from Berlin, Germany, Policy Officer, German Federal Ministry of Climate Protection in the Building Sector.

Katrin Klingenberg, from Chicago IL, Executive Director, Passive House Institue US.


Dennis Creech, from Atlanta, Executive Director, Southface

Dennis Blackburne from Savannah GA, Chief Financial Officer, Melaver, Construction and Development, LLC offers full service general contracting, construction management, design/build, green building and LEED consulting services. (Developed the first all retail shopping center in the country to achieve LEED certification and the first LEED McDonald’s).

In addition, you will find around 100 books that cover a range of environmental topics like Global warming, Climate Change, Alternative Energy, Transportation, Green Technology, and Water Wars. The books were part of the exhibit "Heiter bis Wolkig - Fine to Cloudy" that were shown at the renowned book fair in Frankfurt, Germany - Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm