Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events. Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II. Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe. The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century.
Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, and world-class museums and other cultural institutions. They also share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.
New developments for Baltimore Sister Cities
On December 7, 2015, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced plans to restructure the Baltimore Sister Cities Program (BSCP), aiming to expand the program’s focus on developing significant opportunities for economic partnerships, more cultural and educational exchanges, and health and environmental initiatives. The BSCP was previously a series of committees reporting directly to the Office of the Mayor. The program will be restructured as an independent 501(c)(3) corporation to be named Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. All five committees, including Baltimore-Rotterdam committee, will become part of that new association.
Boosting the Circular Economy
February 11, 2016
The Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC is organizing an all-day seminar about sustainability. As the world’s population and economy grows, the current economic model becomes unsustainable as resources like fossil fuels, raw materials, fresh water, and food become increasingly scarce. The world needs to switch to a circular economy, where smart innovative products are used to minimize waste of energy and materials.
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