A town, university and region develop a new energy and landscape strategy together
How can we achieve climate-neutral cities?
The university and the city of Nordhausen, along with further local urban and rural participants, have been investigating what forms this could take. In 2015/16, as part of a state-funded future cities programme, an intensive consultation process was initiated with numerous stakeholders in the region of Nordhausen. The result is a holistic strategy for the future with four areas of action and numerous concrete project ideas:
‘StadtLand Communication’ is one such area of action. The intention is to promote awareness among local communities and the general public of the motivation behind the conservation of resources. As a result, the first Nordhausen Futures magazine was published in May 2016.
The ‘StadtLand Mobility’ area of action aims to make public transport in the region more attractive and more effective in its use of resources with a view to covering its costs in the long term. The introduction of a public transport ticket for local citizens is also under consideration.
To establish new material and consumption lifecycles, waste material needs to be understood as a valuable resource for exploitation and recycling. The ‘Transition to Recycling’ area of action is, therefore, examining new ideas for reusing and recycling waste material.
As part of the ‘Cultural Energy Landscape’ area of action, certain quarters in the city will undergo conversion to test principles for developing climate-neutral neighbourhoods. Two locations have been selected: Nordhausen Nord, a housing estate with prefabricated residential blocks at the northern fringe of the city centre and the currently run-down Altendorfer Kirchviertel area in the centre of Nordhausen.
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