Franz Untersteller is Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector.
Franz Untersteller was born on 4 April 1957 in Ensheim in the Saarland. He obtained his A-levels in 1977 at the grammar school emphasising economics and commerce in Saarbrücken. It was his studies in town and country planning at what was then the Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences that brought him to the state of Baden-Württemberg in 1978. He successfully completed his degree in 1982, following a long period of study in Columbia, gaining the title Engineering Graduate from a University of Applied Sciences.
From as early as 1981, Franz Untersteller worked in Freiburg at the Öko-Institut e.V.; from 2002 to 2011 he was a member of the executive board. He won his political spurs between 1983 and 2006 as an advisor on environmental and energy policy to the parliamentary Green party in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament. From 2006 to 2011 he was deputy leader of the parliamentary Green Party in the state parliament.
In May 2011 he was appointed Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector for the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Franz Untersteller is married, catholic and has two grown-up children.