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We are a non-profit association and offer excursions, seminars and workshops on the global issue of climate protection. Themes addressed are, among others: renewable energy, sustainable urban development, old building modernization, mobility. Our program is mainly directed towards people active in the fields of politics, energy management, environment, architecture, town planning, housing construction, financing, large and small industry, universities and schools.

Innovation Academy presents Freiburg in Salvador de Bahia

For the fifth time the conference series Forum Agenda Bahia took place in Salvador, the third largest city of Brazil. The event focuses on current problems and challenges of the coastal city and the country and seeks to identify opportunities for sustainable development in various fields such as urban planning, mobility, tourism or energy and water management. Among the Brazilian and international speakers Steffen Ries of the Innovation Academy was representing the case of Freiburg. The day before Steffen was able to gain an impression of the situation on the ground when he was visiting different places of the city together with a local journalist (see article in newspaper). Particularly clearly the problems in the transport sector could be seen. The city with its 3 million inhabitants today has about 800,000 cars, which are about 300,000 cars more than 5 years ago. The roads are often clogged hopelessly. The relatively dense bus network is struggling with various problems, such as security and unreliability. Timetables there are none, the passengers have to wait up to 40 minutes on their bus and there are hardly any bus lanes, so that public transport is often stuck in traffic. After 14 years of planning a metro line was opened this year, but it is only 7 kilometers long and cannot solve with its 5 stops the traffic problems of the city. Of particular interest were therefore also the concepts of mobility in Freiburg with the regional monthly ticket “Regiokarte”, the focus on a multimodal mobility and investment in the cycle infrastructure. So far there are only a few, non-contiguous bike paths in Salvador. But for the next few years there are plans to improve the situation. Noteworthy were the conferees also the Model District Vauban and citizen-funded renewable energy projects. Several local newspapers and radio and television stations reported from the conference with its about 200 listeners (newspaper article about the conference).

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1.-6. September 2014: Frutillar, Delegation of Chile, visited Germany

For the delegation from Southern Chile Innovation Academy organized a six-day technical visit to Upper Rhine Valley and the region of Lake Constance. The participants were the mayor, two members of the city council, the director of Teatro de Lago – the most famous theater of Chile - an architect and the executive director of the Foundation Plades. They showed great interest in the issues of sustainable urban planning, mobility, renewable energy, nature conservation and social projects. They visited the model districts of Freiburg, the nature conservation centre Feldberg, the Seehotel at the lake Titisee, the cities of Waldkirch, Strasbourg, Lörrach, Constance, Überlingen and Bregenz.

Frutillar was founded 200 years ago by German immigrants. The delegation is particularly interested in the city of Bregenz, because both cities are located on the lake and have an internationally known theater. The visit may lead to a twinning agreement.

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26. März 2014: Preisverleihung zum innovativen Langzeitprojekt „Klimaschutz konkret“

Engagiertes Energiesparen zahlt sich aus:
Zur abschließenden Preisverleihung des Projekts „Klimaschutz konkret“ waren die Schülerinnen und Schüler zahlreich mit ihren Eltern, Lehrkräften und Schulleitungsteams in die Meckelhalle der Sparkasse Freiburg gekommen. Der 3. Preis ging mit 200 € an den Junior-Wasserstoffforscher und Knallgasexperten Fabian Kunkler. Der 2. Preis mit 400€ ging an die 10d des Mädchengymnasiums St. Ursula. Den 1. Preis erhielt die 10a des Kepler-Gymnasiums mit 600 €.


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The 4th Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Summit

logoAre you ready for a challenge? Recent estimates say that around 75% of the infrastructure that will be in use in 2050 doesn’t yet exist. This means immense global infrastructure investment needs for decades to come, all in the context of the need for Climate Action, Sustainable Energy for All, and the post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development.The 4th Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Summit is tackling this challenge by laying the groundwork for the financing of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable infrastructure.GIB is the leading platform for Sustainable Infrastructure Financing, and we are pleased to report strong progress since last year in the introduction of Sustainable Infrastructure as a new asset class. Accordingly, this year’s topic is "Mainstreaming Sustainability in Infrastructure Financing and Investment".Come join investors, developers, policy makers and solution providers on 21-22 May 2014 at the Congress Center Basel in Switzerland and help us meet the challenge. Innovation Academy members/clients will receive a discount of 20% on their GIB Summit 2014 attendance fees. GIB Summit 2014 Programme:  GIB Summit 2014 Registration: (Discount code for the 20% discount: GIB2014_InnovationAcademy)


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