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Blooming Industrial Areas

Education for sustainable development

Project Mission

Nowadays, most industrial and commercial areas consist of box-shaped buildings, parking lots and dull arrangements of greenery. The abundance of animal and plant species is consequently low. These large industrial and commercial areas have enormous potential for species diversity with their widely unused surfaces. The goal of this educational and experiential project is to inspire apprentices and co-op students in nature and species protection, horticulture, nutrition, renewable energies, mobility and artistic freedom. The following companies in the Freiburger Industriegebiet Nord are involved in the project: Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung Freiburg GmbH , badenova AG & Co. KG, Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG, TDK Micronas GmbH. The project is planned to last 25 months, with goals to implement long-term plans for biodiversity and improved outdoor areas at the companies after coordination with the management team. Additionally, a process will be followed to explore the different approaches and measures most suitable for sustainably increasing biodiversity in industrial areas.

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Plan of Action

The long-term project BIG, starts on May 8, 2018 with the kick-off event for the apprentices and comes to an end in October 2020. The final event will take place on September 25, 2020, with the awarding of 4 prizes to the participating teams. BIG is divided into five phases, which are briefly discussed below:

Preparatory Phase
Preparatory phase including setting up a website, mapping the fauna and flora, study of greening, 04-10/18
Education Phase
Kick-off event on May 8, 2018, excursions, visits to biotope types and existing solutions in companies 06-09/18
Planning Phase
Development of concrete proposals through moderated workshops, presentation of plans, models, sketches and costs to staff and management 07/18 – 03/19
Implementation Phase
Commencement of the selected projects in-house, with guidance or procurement to companies 03/19 – 05/20
Closing Event
Public event with awards for the apprentice-projects and a distinction from BIG as „UN Dekade Biologische Vielfalt“ project.
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Parking Spaces

Parking spaces occupy very large areas. However, asphalt and concrete pavement offer no opportunities for animals and plants to live. It is therefore worthwhile to examine alternative design concepts. Aisles of parking lots are usually paved.

Greening Facades

Alongside vegetation and green roofs, green facades add a third dimension, vertical greenery. They have the power to visually and ecologically enliven the otherwise dead facade. The greening favors a balanced microclimate.

Green Roofs and Solar Energy

Dense concrete jungles change the climate: urban heat islands arise because concrete and asphalt heat up much more than green areas. Cooling by evaporating rainwater is missing.

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