The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium fur Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit) is headed by the Federal Environment Minister, Dr. Barbara Hendricks. The ministry is focused on the laws and policies concerning the environment in Germany and Europe wide. The German government, using the Ministry for the Environment, has created the protocol to be followed during a nuclear disaster that is followed by all of Europe. The ministry has also created many programs that have encouraged Germans to help the environment in any way they can. The government creates subsidies that essentially pay people to put solar panels on their houses. The positive consequence of this was seen while walking through the Universität Braunschweig, a house was sporting its own solar panels. Another positive impact that the Federal Ministry for the Environment is supporting is an electric car that is used by the students and staff at the Universität Braunschweig.
The Ministry’s building was a perfect representation of old and new Berlin. The building is actually made up of two buildings, one old and one new connected by courtyards. The courtyards contain skylights to conserve energy used to heat the building. Remnants of the Berlin wall stay standing in the building as a piece of both art and history. While walking through the building we passed a pile of old printers that were going out to be recycled: this was a reminder that the ministry is always working towards a greener world.