Gerhard Joksch is a member of the Münster City Council and serves as 2nd deputy Mayor of the City of Münster. In his role as mayor, Joksch represents Muenster’s Lord Mayor Markus Lewe in public affairs. Joksch studied regional and spatial planning (UNIDO) and has been working for over 27 years in municipal environmental and building authorities. From 1991 to 1998, he was technical alderman in Beckum, a town in Westphalia. From 1998 to 2006, he directed the urban development department at the City of Münster. Since 2006, he has been working as a freelance planner and advisor (www.gerhardjoksch. de). His professional life focuses on: urban development, city planning, municipal traffic development, municipal climate protection and municipal housing policies. In 1983, in his early thirties Gerhard Joksch joined the new Green Party, which was formally established in 1980. Since 2009, he has been representing the Green Party on the Münster City Council. On the City Council he also serves as his caucus’ spokesperson on energy policy, climate protection, building policy and waste economy. From 2014 to 2017, Joksch served as chairman of the supervisory board of Stadtwerke Münster, the city’s public utility company. The City of Muenster is a member of the binational Climate-Smart Municipalities program and technical partner of the City of Rochester, MN.