Seminole council member swaps experience on German trip

Patricia Plantamura was impressed by energy initiatives.
Patricia Plantamura was impressed by energy initiatives.
Published November 1 2013
Updated November 1 2013

SEMINOLE — Council member Patricia Plantamura met in October with local officials in Munich, the last of several German cities on an itinerary to compare local government best practices. Plantamura was one of four representatives from the United States chosen by the American Council on Germany to meet with their transatlantic counterparts.

Plantamura was introduced to municipal elected officials and staff members, along with nongovernmental organization leadership in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Oldenburg, Berlin, Munich, and Cottbus, located southeast of Berlin. Plantamura's three-week trip included a tour of the German Parliament, cycling through Spreewald and canoeing through their Biosphere Reserve, and a walk atop the perimeter roof of the Olympic Stadium.

"From the wind turbines we saw on the North Sea, to the brown coal mines in Cottbus, to the tour of the BMW factory," Plantamura said, "it was clear that Germany is using a variety of sources toward improving efficiency in energy and transportation."