Topic Room "Steering our Cities towards Sustainability"
Sustainable cities require (among others) a climate-friendly appropriation of space as well as new concepts in the fields of mobility and energy supply. In this topic room different strategies for a transformational change were presented such as the "vision zero" approach and concepts for enhanced actor participation.
Slot 1 ‒ Student driven change on campus
Workshop Sustainable university cafeterias
Giulia Fontana, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
The very first workshop in this topic room “students driven change on campus” was held by Giulia Fontana and Lorenz Keysser from ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
They introduced their audience to the sustainability week which has been organized in Zurich yearly since 2013 focusing on the climate impact of food. Part of their project was to question what it takes to change people’s patterns of consumption towards a more sustainable model. They observed that people need intrinsic motivation and conviction to support a sustainable transformation at universities.
The participants learned about specific details which they could apply to their own universities, such as methods for establishing projects, ideas on how people can be persuaded to join and how greenwashing can be avoided. There was room to form tangible strategies and actions in accordance with each institution's own vision. It became clear that the situation at every university is unique and various factors need to be considered. Nevertheless, everyone agreed on universities having a responsibility to set good practice examples.
The workshop was a great opportunity for everyone to discuss the current situation and problems they are facing, exchange ideas and get a new perspective on the circumstances at their university. It was motivating to see so many different people with similar dreams and visions for a sustainable university.
Slot 2 ‒ Open Area
Open Area Presentation Educators as Beacons: Lighting the way for ESD Professional Development
Dr. Alex Ryan, Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire (United Kingdom)
Slot 3 ‒ Open Area
Slot 4 ‒ Interactive campus walk: Learning by climate-friendly appropriation of space
Poster Active involvement of students in climate friendly behavior – the climate savings book (“Klimasparbuch”) as good practice example for community based change
The Universität Hamburg Center for a Sustainable University (Germany)
Workshop Learning by climate-friendly appropriation of space
Dr. Julia R. Kotzebue, University of Hamburg (Germany)
On Wednesday afternoon Dr. Julia R. Kotzebue from Universität Hamburg started the workshop with a presentation about “Learning by climate-friendly appropriation of space”. The audience were introduced to the project “Climate sustainable integrated campus” and learned about the need for a supportive environment for example in lecture rooms. Pictures of innovative buildings were shown and ideas for a “climate-friendly appropriation of space” such as green roofs or urban gardening projects led to an interactive discussion.
Following this introduction, all participants started a campus walk to get a new perspective on the campus and to collect ideas on how it could become more sustainable. After the walk the participants were eager to present their creative ideas such as green roofs, solar panels, hanging gardens for the “Philoturm”, fruit trees and vegetables.
It was an eye-opening “walkshop” which motivated everyone to thinking beyond what we already know and are used to relating to architecture and construction of the buildings at the campus.
Slot 5 ‒ Different spatial planning approaches for a transformation towards sustainability
Presentation The university mobility management role in promoting accessibility, right to education and sustainability in Italy
Massimiliano Rossetti; Mario Boffi; Associate Prof. Dr. Matteo Colleoni, University of Milano Bicocca (Italy)
Presentation Defining a strategy for urban sustainability using the ‘vision zero’
Christina Kakderi; Nicos Komninos; Artemis Psaltoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Presentation Port Centers: a new tool for sustainable port-city relationships
J. M. Pagés Sánchez, HafenCity University Hamburg (Germany)
Presentation Landscape devastation as a result of poor sustainable urban development practice in Montenegro
Kosara Kujundzic, University of Belgrade (Serbia)
In slot 5 on Wednesday we had the pleasure to listen to three presentations concerning different spatial approaches for a transformation towards sustainability.
University Mobility Management
Sustainable Port-City Relationships
Landscape Devastation in Montenegro
Slot 6 ‒ Sustainable energy supply: Trade-offs in energy transition process
Workshop The application of sustainability thoughts in bioenergy development
Dr. Kesheng Shu; Kaili Wei, University of Hamburg (Germany)
Poster Sustainable Campus Management at FU Berlin
Andreas Wanke, Unit for Sustainability and Energy Management, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
The final workshop took place on Thursday, by Dr. Kesheng Shu and Kaili Wei, both from Universität Hamburg (Germany) and had the title “The application of sustainability thoughts in bioenergy development”.
Biomass power plant
Wikipedia / Rasi57
First, they gave an introduction to the topic of bioenergy and showed the underlying conflicts of interest. For the second part, the group was divided into a pro and a 'for' and 'against' team. Both groups started collecting arguments for their side. In the final discussion aspects like community benefits, climate change, social impacts, distribution and transportation, substitutions by the governments, problem of monocultures, forest fires and illegal burning and its effects on the ecosystem and the role of the bioenergy industry were discussed.
The discussion provided many insights, especially as some of the participants could even contribute personal experiences from their home countries (e.g. Mexico and Australia).