The recent vote by workers in a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to decline representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW) highlights the differences in labor policies between the United States and Germany. With American union membership on the decline, this was the first time that the UAW attempted to represent workers in a …Read More

Transferring institutions across borders is a perilous undertaking. Germans should know this better than most. The wholesale transfer from east to west of the Federal Republic’s institutions was a painful process. Some institutions and practices that did and do flourish in western Germany never quite took in the east. With this in mind, Volkswagen’s effort …Read More

AICGS congratulates Ralph Buehler, associate professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia campus, on recently being awarded the “Best Paper on a Topic Addressing Climate Change Issues” by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy. Dr. Buehler was an …Read More

This publication entitled “Financing Sustainable Transportation: An Overview of Finance Mechanisms and Cases from the U.S. and Germany” is part of AICGS’ project on The Transatlantic Climate and Energy Dialogue: Urban and Regional Transportation and Energy Problems and Solutions. Transportation policy is increasingly linked to land-use policy, and to climate change outcomes. In the U.S. and Germany, …Read More

AICGS’ new publication, entitled “Transportation and Land-Use Planning in Germany and the U.S.: Lessons from the Stuttgart and Washington, DC Regions,” is part of our project on The Transatlantic Climate and Energy Dialogue: Urban and Regional Transportation and Energy Problems and Solutions. Urban communities on both sides of the Atlantic face economic and environmental challenges related …Read More

On November 28, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted the workshop “Sustainable Urban and Regional Transport Systems: Financing and Planning, ” made possible by a grant from the Daimler-Fonds im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. The workshop was hosted within a larger program on sustainable mobility entitled the “Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue.” The panelists discussed differences between planning and financing of German and American transportation systems, specifically in the Washington, DC and Baden-Württemberg regions.

On October 12, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a presentation on “CO2 Emissions from Daily Travel: A Comparison of Germany and the U.S.” Dr. Ralph Buehler, DAAD/AICGS Fellow, discussed his research regarding the difference in levels of CO2 emissions in the two countries and factors which contribute to it. The event was generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Germany and the U.S. present many similarities that make a comparison of CO2 emissions from transport and related policies meaningful. This essay compares trends of CO2 emission from passenger transport, discusses policies to decrease emissions, and offers policy lessons for both the U.S. and Germany.

Did you know that there is approximately one bicycle trip taken in the U.S. for every twenty taken in Germany? AICGS Fellow and Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs Dr. Ralph Buehler recently co-wrote an article with Dr. John Pucher titled “Walking and Cycling in …Read More

In 2011, Volkswagen AG (VW) delivered 2.3 million cars in China, accounting for 27 percent of its total sales by volume. The importance of the Chinese market to VW, coupled with the unique difficulty of doing business in the People’s Republic’s partially state-run economy, explains VW’s creation of a new Group Board of Management functional …Read More

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