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Smart Environment

Ljubljana European Green Capital

Ljubljana is the political, administrative, cultural and economic centre of Slovenia and is home to over 280,000 inhabitants. Ljubljana impressed the Jury by the significant transformation which has been made by the city in sustainability over the previous 10 – 15 years. This transformation has been achieved in areas including local transport and the pedestrianizing of the city centre. From being a city which was previously dominated by car transport the focus is now on public transport and on pedestrian and cycling networks.

HiT - Buildings as interactive smart grid participants

HiT is a Smart Grid housing project located in the City of Salzburg. The abbreviation HiT stands for "Häuser als interaktive Teilnehmer im Smart Grid” ("Buildings as interactive smart grid participants”) and refers to the smart integration of houses into the energy grid. It seeks to deploy and investigate a broad range of Smart Grid technologies within a housing complex. The project is trying to find the optimal interaction between a smart home in a smart complex and its inhabitants.

Sustainable Sydney 2030

Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a set of goals we have set for our city to help make it as green, global and connected as possible by 2030. The plan will transform the way we live, work and play. Sydney 2030 came to life after we asked residents, visitors, workers and businesses what kind of city they wanted. People told us they wanted a city that cares about the environment, has a strong economy, supports the arts and that connects its people to each other and the rest of the world. Sydney 2030 is now the cornerstone of everything we do.

Washington D.C. Green Bank

The Green Bank, which the DC Council voted to establish in July, will provide public money in the form of loans, leases and other mechanisms to help fund green projects that expand renewable energy, reduce energy costs and GHG emissions, and create green jobs. The Green Bank will initially be funded at $7 million a year for five years, with that money generated from the city’s renewable energy development fund, which was created for utilities and energy suppliers to pay into in the form of alternative compliance payments if they do not meet carbon emissions goals in DC.

CAPE - Community Action Platform for Energy

CAPE, Community Action Platform for  Energy project will develop an interactive website designed to assess energy use for individuals and communities in Milton Keynes. It will provide data and therefore information for its users. The website will be made available free of charge to residents, community groups, landlords and local businesses. It will give them a ready-to-use tool to jump-start and scale-up energy projects, and to access opportunities for rapidly growing market for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems.

Austrian Program on Technologies for Sustainable Development

The Austrian Program on Technologies for Sustainable Development initiative has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects. Objectives: New opportunities for the economy; Economical use of natural resources; Consolidation of Austria's position in the field of technology; Positive effects on the economy and on employment.

Bulgarian Green Building Council

The Bulgarian Green Building Council (BGBC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to transform the built environment by changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. As a member of a world-wide network of organizations, we work together to build awareness in the public sector, build capacity through professional education, engage business to measure sustainability in the supply chain and product manufacturing, and aid government in developing sustainable policies.

Liuzhou Forest City

The Master Plan by Stefano Boeri Architetti for a new green city that fights air pollution is now under construction in China. The Liuzhou Forest City is commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning. A city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees. Once completed, the new city will host 30,000 people, absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

Greenest City Action Plan - Vancouver

The Greenest City Action Plan is a strategy for staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability. We are working with Council, residents, businesses, other organizations, and all levels of government to implement this plan. Our vision is to create opportunities today, while building: A strong local economy, Vibrant and inclusive neighbourhoods, Internationally recognized city that meets the needs of generations to come. Through a set of measurable and attainable targets, we are putting Vancouver on the path to becoming the greenest city in the world.

Quality of the acoustic environment - Essen

Noise reduction is pursued actively in Essen, with ambitious and effective Noise Action Plans and public participation. The company LK Argus GmbH has identified potential areas for designation as "Quiet Zones". To determine this, an overall noise map was prepared, which forms the acoustic basis for the overlapping representation of the individual noise emission sources. "Quiet Zones" in the region should be proposed, and should be forest environments, parks, green areas, and leisure and recreation  areas.