German leaders visit Windustry during three-week professional exchange program

MINNEAPOLIS, JUNE 29, 2012 – Three Germans touring Minnesota as part of a three-week professional exchange program came to Windustry on Friday, June 29, 2012, in order to discuss Windustry’s efforts to involve individuals and communities in expanding Minnesota’s wind energy production.

Ms. Ulrike Gauderer, project manager at NaturPur Institute, HSE AG, in Darmstadt; Mr. David Simon, head of the Office of Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of Alliance 90/The Greens; and Mr. Matthias Thorns, senior regional adviser on Europe, International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva, are guests of the U.S. Department of State and are part of a national project called, “Greening of America with an Emphasis on Renewable Energies.” The group’s goals are to talk with political leaders, think-tank experts, academics, and industry representatives about the U.S. decision-making process for green energy policy formulation; to explore the research and development of clean energy technologies; to learn about strategies for supporting a green economy; and to analyze movements towards building green communities, with an emphasis on sustainability, public outreach, and education.