The Lord Mayor's 10-point-program
The City of Stuttgart looks back on a long and great tradition of safeguarding our habitat and natural resources. First concerns were raised in the 19th century as Stuttgart underwent rapid growth in the wake of the industrial revolution, turning the city basin into a cauldron swathed in smog and fumes. Awareness of the significance of woodlands and of public green spaces and the importance of their preservation for the community as a whole was raised at that time by the civic commitment of the Preservation Trust associated with the Waldheim movement, a Christian initiative to establish independently operated woodland centres of recreation for workers.
Stuttgart was also the first city to establish its own Department of Climatology to research ways of improving the flow of fresh air into the city basin. Right up unto the 1960s, inversion weather situations were invariably accompanied by smog. In 1997, the City Council passed the climate protection scheme. â€śKLIKSâ€ť has since been consistently extended to keep Stuttgart true to its well-known adage as the â€ścity nestled between forest and vineyardsâ€ť. Over 39 per cent of Stuttgartâ€™s surface area has since been placed under the protection of nature conservation orders; a record in the whole of Germany. Wide ranging innovations have given rise to environmental technologies which not only offer new opportunities for qualitative growth in Stuttgart and beyond, but have also created and are set to go on creating new jobs.
Our aim for the future is to continue to exhaust every possible avenue to achieve sustainable improvement of the cityâ€™s climate. We are extending the use of renewable energy sources in order to secure a continuous, favourably priced and environmentally friendly energy supply. We are continuing to reduce CO2 emissions, and making a concerted effort to ensure effective soil and water conservation, to expand our green spaces and renaturize brownfield sites and so preserve recreational areas and a healthy natural habitat for ourselves and for wildlife. We are cutting down on noise pollution, reducing particulate and extending the cycle path network, with all the associated health benefits. We provide grants for energy saving homes, support initiatives by children and young people to make a difference to the environment, run a tree adoption scheme and are appreciative of the personal commitment shown by all Stuttgartâ€™s citizens. We use the cityâ€™s own waste management company to recycle raw materials and we extract energy from effluent. We join forces in the metropolitan region of Stuttgart, we support both national and international projects and share the experience we have gained with other cities and communities.
Nine out of ten residents of Stuttgart affirm that they like living here. Our work is aimed at ensuring that they continue to feel at ease in our city in the years to come.
Let us make use of the available opportunities, let us go on working to make the city and the metropolitan region of Stuttgart the perfect place in which to live and work. Because the protection of the environment and the climate concern us all.
Stuttgart's 10-point-program comprises the following aspects:
1. Expansion of the Energy Advisory Centre EBZ
2. Expansion of the Municipal Energy Management
3. Continuation of the existing building modernization program
4. Energy efficient renovation of schools
5. Application of the Urban Energy Saving Ordinance for private investors
6. Further promotion of projects involving renewable energies
7. Provision of municipal rooftop space for solar systems
8. Promotion of energy saving, environmentally friendly mobility
9. Urban development with effective climate protection
10. Encouraging exchange of best practice
Download: For our
environment (April 2009)
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