Okay, I know I’ve said this about a million times, but Freiburg is SO GREEN! My first impressions were very positive—I knew that the culture here was much more centered about environmental stewardship and protection, but I had no idea exactly how far ahead Freiburg was until we started my class, Freiburg Green City.
My classes here are formatted in three-week modules, so we really have a chance to focus on one at a time. For the first part of the day, we have lecture and in the afternoon we usually go out and see the things we talked about in lecture! A few days ago, we went to Hotel Victoria in the city center of Freiburg, one the most sustainable hotels in the world!
figure out how to bring this back to the states. One of the biggest differences is that the community is the driver of environmental change in Freiburg. The citizens of Vauban are the ones that asked for parking to be limited on the periphery. In fact, people overwhelmingly support laws that make it more difficult to own and drive cars in the city. Most of the downtown area is a pedestrian zone, so cars have been replaced by efficient trams, safe bike paths, and good walking paths. For those rare times where a car is necessary, you can easily participate in car-sharing and use an electric car.