Roerplein Pocket Park

As part of the NATURVATION project, Utrecht has been examining nature-based solutions projects in the city. The Roerplein Pocket Park is one of our best examples of a successful citizen-led intervention, and began as an initiative by a local social entrepreneur to turn a paved public square into a park. The small park was built within a highly paved neighborhood with little green space, and is managed by local citizens with the support of the municipality. 

Cooling white paint

Purdue University engineers have created white paint that can keep surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their ambient surroundings – almost like a refrigerator does, but without consuming energy.

According to the researchers, the paint would replace the need for air conditioning by absorbing nearly no solar energy and sending heat away from the building. Without the building heating up, air conditioning wouldn’t have to kick on.

Project Discovery - analyzing COVID-19 data

The pilots of EVE Online now have the opportunity to help in analyzing COVID-19 data to help scientists' understanding of its impact on our immune systems. By playing Project Discovery, they will directly contribute to science. Players will achieve higher ranks through their efforts as well as receiving unique in-game rewards.

Through the use of the newly-developed flow cytometry simulators, the user will aim to contribute to decoding this debilitating pathogen.

Roof garden in the Bremen's Volkshochschule

Creation of the garden on the roof in the Bremen Volkshochschule developed with the help of local NGO, Gemüsewerft Bremen and local citizens. The initiative involves vegetables and herbs growing, educational workshops on nutrition and urban gardening as well as various social activities. It aims at increasing access to the urban gardening space and increase in ecological awareness of the residents of Bremen.(

Beekeeping in Audi Hungaria

The idea of beekeeping originated from AUDI AG, Audi Hungaria's parent company. In 2015, Audi Hungaria was in the midst of implementing its flora and fauna protection plan thus the beekeeping idea was in line with ongoing developments, and quickly taken up by management. 6 bee colonies with 270,000 bees were installed in September 2015. The bees produce 200-240 kilograms of honey each year, which is branded as Audi Hungaria Premium Honey, and gifted to visitors, as well as purchasable in the gift shop.

Carbon Upcycling

Carbon Upcycling's proprietary, patented technology chemically adsorbs CO2 emissions into exfoliated inorganic solids to create a portfolio of fine nanoparticles. Per tonne of product, their technology sequesters sizable quantities of CO2 and has been proven stable during temperature tests.

First they place powder feed stocks in reactors, then they pressurize it with gaseous CO2 and as a result they gain nanoparticle additives for commercial applications, like concrete, plastics or corrosion coatings.

Safe contact point in elderly home

A contact point was opened at the Zselic Catholic Elderly Home in Zselickislak. The double-entry container, in the middle separated by a glass wall, offers a solution for meeting relatives and residents of the institution even during a coronavirus epidemic.

The investment ensures that the meetings can be secured in such a way that the relatives do not enter the institution and the residents do not leave it during a ban of visiting or a cerfew. They are able to talk using a sound device.