|The Eurostar train|
|Getting settled onboard|
|Excited to head into the Chunnel|
|Part 1 of our very long table for 25...|
Wednesday was a jam packed day full of visits to the European Commission Visitor's Center, the European Commission Climate Directorate and Euroelectric (an organization that represents electricity producers). It was a lot to take in, but provided some excellent connections to the both the Industrial Revolution class and the Environmental Economics course.
|Part of the EU compound|
|Our fancy EU goodies|
|Checking out the loot|
|Getting down to business...|
From there it was on to the Directorate General for Climate Action where we met with economist, Ger Klaassen about his take on current energy and climate policy in the EU.
|The lovely lobby at the European Commission Directorate General for Climate Action|
|Stop two for the day|
|A break in the activity... time for a picture!|
After a quick lunch at the train station, we made our way to the final stop for the day: Eurelectric. This organization represents a number of the electricity companies in the EU during the policy making process. Our presenters provided a great deal of information about the potential for widespread introduction of smart grids and the transition from fossil fuel to renewable forms of electricity to power Europe's future.
|Our final stop for the day|
|Some pre-meeting mingling|
|The lovely view from Eurelectric's lobby|
|Preparing for powerpoint round four!|
In the evening, we took a team of students who had won a data visualization challenge out to dinner in the city. We went to the iconic Chez Leon, where they serve up some of the delicacies of Brussels: mussels and fries.
|Brussels 'n mussels = yum!|
|A peek at one of their tasty mussel dishes|
Following dinner, we sampled another of Belgium's delights: chocolate!
|The beautiful chocolate display at Neuhaus Chocolatier|