Kategorie für Blog: Greening / climate adaptation

Jan Kamensky animation for the @platzfuerwien initiative

Animation from Jan Kamensky (2020)

The animation was created for the Viennese initiative @platzfuerwien to support them in their commitment to an environmentally friendly and people-friendly city.

Link: www.platzfuer.wien

More animations of other cities by Jan Kamensky, Hamburg:

Arte film clip (26 min., 2017) about Sweden's EcoCity Malmö

26 min, Available from 31/12/2020 to 07/03/2021, Film from 2017.

"New large-scale construction projects and ecological innovations ensured that Malmö today has become a prime example of the direct transition from industrial metropolis to sustainable Eco City. The secret recipe: the city relied not only on innovative technologies, but above all on the active participation of citizens in the change."

BUND: Climate crisis accelerates man-made water crisis

June 20 is the beginning of summer and in many places drought and low water levels in the rivers are already the order of the day, the waters in Germany are not equipped against the effects of climate change. In view of the devastating conditions of many waters in Germany, BUND demands a paradigm shift in the way we deal with our waters: The overriding principle in times of climate change must be to keep water in the landscape and return streams and rivers to their natural dynamics within their floodplains. Only just under eight percent of rivers and streams in Germany achieve the good ecological status required by the European Water Framework Directive. Almost 40 percent of surface waters across Europe are polluted by a variety of stressors such as climate change, nutrient inputs from agriculture or straightening. "We continue to heat up the earth, at the same time we drain the landscape. That's why it's no surprise that our local waters are doing so badly," stresses Olaf Bandt, Chairman of BUND, referring to a recent evaluation by BUND on the effects of climate change on water bodies.

Up to 100,000 euros for facade greening in Hamburg

To ensure that significantly more houses in Hamburg are greened with plants on roofs and facades, the environmental authority is making €500,000 in funding available from 1 June. A maximum of € 100,000 and up to 40 % of the costs, applicants can receive in future in grants. Applications can be made from construction costs of €1,000. Funding will be provided for ground and wall-based greening of new and existing buildings, preparatory work, climbing aids, plants, planting measures, irrigation systems, completion maintenance and the ancillary costs for professional planning and supervision.

WDR documentary (2020) about the Waldquelle eco-settlement

Our home. Our West. Broadcast from 7.2.2020
43:39 Min Available until 07.02.2021
WDR. By Melanie Didier

From minute 25 to 29:50 the ecological settlement Waldquelle in Bielefeld is shown. Ute Möller, one of the founders, leads a tour through the ecological settlement and reports on the experiences and developments in the now almost 25-year-old settlement with lots of wood, greenery and solar cells on the roof.

Link to the documentary: www1.wdr.de/...unser-wohnen-100.html


Info and photo gallery about the Waldquelle eco-settlement

Video (2018) about the new development "Merwede" in Utrecht (NL)

Newly built districts with space-efficient mobility offers

2:14 min - 10/4/2018

On the west side of the Merwedekanal, a new sustainable urban quarter is being built in a central location not far from Utrecht Central Station. An urban development plan for the redevelopment of an industrial area along the canal was drawn up by the municipality of Utrecht together with ten landowners. The plan envisages a mixed district with 17 blocks. Here, 6,000 to 9,000 apartments are to be built for approximately 12,000 residents. The area is to become a showcase for healthy and sustainable living with innovative concepts for recycling, energy production, climate adaptation and mobility solutions. Size: 60 ha. Planned completion: by 2024
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Thuringia will continue to promote municipal climate protection in 2020

Thuringia is making six million euros available this year for investments in municipal climate protection. The funding comes from the state's "Climate Invest" program, which has already kick-started more than 15.5 million euros in investments in municipalities since the start of 2018, the Environment Ministry announced in Erfurt on Thursday. 312 funding applications have been approved.

Designing outdoor lighting efficiently - reducing light pollution

The illumination of night landscapes by artificial lighting increases globally by about 2 to 6 percent per year, with effects on people and nature. A new guide describes how municipalities can minimize light pollution by making their street and building lighting more efficient. Researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the University of Münster have now jointly published the guide on redesigning and retrofitting outdoor lighting.

New in Schleswig-Holstein State establishes "Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement and Awarding".

Since 17 December 2019, the "Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement and Contracting" (KNBV) has been supporting municipalities and other public administration bodies in Schleswig-Holstein in taking sustainability into account. In this context, the range of tasks extends from paperless procurement processes and PVC-free office supplies to electric service vehicles including a charging station concept or sustainable services such as plastic-free, fair and regional catering. The KNBV provides advice, information and support for all questions relating to these processes, products or committee and public relations work. Interested municipalities and other public administration bodies will find competent answers for concrete projects as well as a wide range of training courses and events.

Hamburg's new climate plan and new climate protection law

Senate adopts concrete measures for the next ten years and sets new CO2-targets for 2030 and 2050

December 3, 2019. Today, the Senate has set two decisive courses to achieve Hamburg's climate goals with an update of its climate plan and a new climate protection law. CO2 emissions are to fall by 55 percent by 2030, and Hamburg is to become climate-neutral by 2050. The climate plan describes the responsibility and the respective CO2 reduction targets in the sectors "transport", "private households", "trade, services, commerce" and "industry". It contains a large number of concrete measures which are to lead to the necessary reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030. The draft of the new climate protection law creates a binding legal framework for this.

EU to trigger €4 trillion in climate change investment

1 trillion to be invested by the EU

According to the head of the EIB (European Investment Bank), Werner Hoyer, it is realistic to invest one trillion euros for climate protection within 10 years. In an interview with Der Spiegel, Hoyer said: "If we want to achieve our climate protection goals, we're no longer talking about billions, but trillions of euros" and "We can handle that." EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had named the climate protection target when she took office. Hoyer assumes that 1 trillion euro EU climate protection measures will trigger investments totalling 4 trillion euro.

BUND Yearbook Ecological Building and Renovation 2020

The project, initiated by the Bund für Umwelt und NaturschutThe BUND Yearbook Ecological Building & Renovation, published by BUND Deutschland (BUND), helps by making owners fit for discussions with the house bank, architect, energy consultant and craftsmen. The guidebook, which will be available from November, shows what can be done and how: Based on numerous house portraits, the annual compendium helps the reader to find out which measures, building materials and technologies are best suited to their own project.

"Klimatarier" climate balance calculator for eating styles

The carbon footprint calculator developed by the ifeu Institute in Heidelberg can be used to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions of food. The website also provides tips and advice on how to become a "climatarian", i.e. how to adopt a climate-friendly diet. The CO2 foodprint is calculated. This is the proportion of one's CO2 emissions that are caused by food. Link www.klimatarier.com/de/CO2_Rechner

UN Sustainable Development Summit: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda making slow progress

Even before the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, it is clear that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is making slow progress. The global community now needs action instead of words to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The international report on the status of SDG implementation shows that there are major gaps in implementation worldwide. The number of people suffering from hunger is increasing again worldwide [...]

Bonn receives silver "StadtGrün naturnah" label

On Thursday, 19 September 2019, the Federal City of Bonn was awarded the label "StadtGrün naturnah". With this award, the alliance "Municipalities for Biodiversity" honors exemplary commitment on urban green spaces to promote biodiversity. Bonn was able to score points in the labeling process with species-rich wildflower meadows, sustainable forest management and innovative environmental education offers and now belongs to [...]

Eifel National Park receives final recognition as International Star Park

Schleiden-Gemünd / Nettersheim, 05.04.2019. Experiencing the starry sky at night with twinkling celestial bodies is a special experience for many people that is now only possible in a few places in Germany - one of these places is the Eifel National Park. Since 2010, a regional initiative has been successfully campaigning for the protection of the night sky and the preservation of the natural night landscape - in 2014, this was followed by the provisional designation as the first "International Dark Sky Park" in Germany. Now this initiative can look forward to the final recognition as International Star Park Eifel National Park. The designation as a protected area of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) is a predicate with which few regions worldwide can advertise themselves, in Germany there are only four. For the Eifel National Park, which turned 15 this year, this recognition is a nice "birthday present".

50,000 hectares more forest since 2002

Since 2002, the area of forest in Germany has increased by around 50,000 hectares. On the occasion of the International Forest Day on 21 March 2019, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, went to see the situation for herself. 

Fulda is the first "star city" in Germany

For its fight against light pollution, the city of Fulda in eastern Hesse has been honored as Germany's first dark sky municipality by the International Dark Sky Association in the USA. Fulda Mayor Heiko Wingenfeld (CDU) said: "A large part of light pollution is avoidable, and we want to set an example for other municipalities with intelligent solutions." […]

SZ: Finally pave Germany with solar plants

Two studies on renewable energy this week announced something that concerns everyone. One, in the journal Joule, calculates for 139 countries how the switch to one hundred percent energy from solar, wind and hydro could work by 2050. In the process, 24 million more jobs would be created than lost [...]

The 30-acre day 2017 was on 15 June

Our land consumption is still far too high The Federal Government's target of reducing daily land consumption to 30 hectares per day is a long way off. Currently, daily land consumption for settlement and transport still averages 66 hectares per day. Thus, this year's 30 hectare day fell on the 15th [...]

Conference of Environment Ministers wants to promote timber construction

The 88th Conference of Environment Ministers has just passed a resolution in Bad Saarow on the "Promotion of Building with Wood", which was introduced by Rhineland-Palatinate. The document calls on the federal government to improve the framework conditions for timber construction. The German Timber Industry Council e. V. (DHWR) expressly welcomes this initiative.

BMUB: "Bonn Challenge" for the reconstruction of forests has been achieved

A total of 150 million hectares of destroyed forest to be rebuilt An important milestone in the Federal Environment Ministry's international nature conservation and climate protection policy has been reached. The so-called "Bonn Challenge" initiated by Germany to rebuild forests has succeeded in getting countries to pledge a total of 150 million hectares. Achieved was [...]

Law in Paris: public space should become greener

With a new law, Paris calls on its residents to garden the public space. Wherever possible, vertical and horizontal gardens are to be created, urban agriculture is promoted. There is even a starter kit with planting soil. Among other things, 100 hectares of living facades and roofs are to be created by 2020. Links to read more: http://inhabitat.com/paris-allows-anyone-to-plant-an-urban-garden-anywhere/ [...]

DIFU practical guide to climate-friendly construction

Extreme weather events such as heat waves, heavy rain, floods and storms do not stop at property boundaries. That is why adapting to the consequences of climate change is an issue for everyone - both for politicians and administrators, who are responsible for protecting public space, and for every private owner and tenant. Task of [...]

10 Theses of the Garden City 21

Gartenstadt21 is characterised by communal organisational and financing models that ensure its development and long-term maintenance Gartenstadt21 enables adaptable and sustainable models of general involvement and participation to be developed and made permanent Gartenstadt21 brings about a qualification and networking of existing settlement and open space structures in the metropolitan region Gartenstadt21 has [...]

Reduce land consumption, protect residents from noise: SRU criticises amendment to building law

15.02.2017 SRU member Prof. Dr. Messari-Becker speaks today in the Bundestag as an expert on the amendment of the Building Code. The SRU welcomes the new area category "Urban Area". However, the noise protection level in these areas must not be lowered. It is also problematic that the amendment is also intended to promote construction activity on the outskirts of settlements.

Bird strike on glazed and mirrored buildings

At least 18 million birds die each year from bird strikes on glass. It is more than disconcerting that the 100,000 to 200,000 victims of wind energy are discussed so intensively, but the main causes of bird deaths are not.

Project video: Climate Quarter Wuppertal Arrenberg

From problem district to showcase quarter

The aim is to redesign a 100% CO2-neutral neighbourhood.

To this end, a first building complex with approx. 25 buildings (113 residential units) and approx. 10 commercial units is to be converted in a climate-neutral manner between 2016 and 2018 and a first representative microgrid is to be developed in the quarter. In addition to office units, there will also be restaurants, workshops and a municipal gymnasium. So to speak "normal life", as one finds in most building complexes of this kind. In addition to the approx. 250 residents, approx. 80 employees as well as employers and house owners must be involved in the transformation process.

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Essen is the green capital of Europe

The era of the coal industry with its dusty air and polluted soil is long gone - but Essen has not yet emerged as an ecological model city. That is about to change. The Ruhr metropolis will be the green capital of Europe in 2017 and wants to completely reinvent itself.

Film tip: Tomorrow - the world is full of solutions

Can the world still be saved? Anyone who sees the new documentary "Tomorrow" will believe afterwards: Yes, it is - if we only commit ourselves to it.

Global warming, exploitation of resources, population growth - our planet is dangerously close to the tipping point in many respects. This is what moved actress Mélanie Laurent and French activist Cyril Dion to make their film "Tomorrow": when they read a study predicting the collapse of our civilization in the next 40 years, they did not want to accept this scenario. So they set out: to find ideas and approaches worldwide that could inspire the population and move them to action.