Construction companies and other commercial and service businesses don’t necessarily play a major role when it comes to thinking about climate, the environment, and protecting species – on the contrary: their residential and commercial projects are often criticized as “landscape thieves.” The topic of sustainability has found its way there a long time ago, as a look at downtown Wolfsburg shows. In a lot of places it’s in a whole new boom.
“In the future, real estate will contribute significantly to the sustainable future of cities and communities and increasingly transform their environment into a living organism,” emphasized the officials of entricon GmbH, which focuses on mass construction. This includes not only the use of appropriate building materials and construction technology, but also and above all the view of the environment including “neighbors”, which can be very diverse. After all, residential and commercial areas are the center of the lives of people, flora and fauna, including a diverse world of insects, making you feel bustling and alive, as the latest joint venture by municipal utilities and entricon GmbH in Nordkopf Tower (WNT) in Wolfsburg demonstrates it. Because the staff allowed the area around the WNT flower as part of the “Wolfsburg Oases” project to grow red honeysuckle, hawthorn, viburnum, black elder and other native wild shrubs and thus a little paradise for small animals such as butterflies and beetles and showing wild bees.
“Insects play an irreplaceable role in our nature,” officials know. It is therefore important to include its importance in the development and implementation of residential and commercial projects as well as in urban development. “Therefore, we are initially very excited about the development of our plants and animals in the coming years and hope to make a small contribution to climate protection and species protection.”
The same applies to the Wolfsburg-based company Thieme, which, as a partner in industrial technology and construction, has specialized in the use of renewable energies and has recently expanded its already extensive experience in the field of climate protection and species protection with a rather unusual project: in a workshop Working “Ackerpause”, employees learned how to properly grow vegetables in raised beds and how to prepare a healthy homemade lunch. We worked hard for this – but above all, it awakened enthusiasm for the efficient use of nature on our doorstep. “I have learned a lot and want to grow lettuce at home,” said Leonie Krizak, an employee at Thieme. In the summer months, it’s time to “water right” and finally harvest. Project manager Jana Zollger, who had already grown her first vegetables in her garden at home, was also excited about the possibilities. Therefore, there should be more vegetables, herbs and fruits on the soil of the future home. Especially since the experts from the “Vegetable Ackerdemie”, as the tutorial is called, explained that growing a variety of delicacies is possible even in the smallest spaces such as a window sill, a balcony, a balcony and a loggia. In addition, this opens up new habitats and “oases of well-being” for insects that make nature and people happy.
The countdown has begun: take your chance to participate!
It does not matter whether the balcony, terrace or even the garden is in the house: focus on your personal insect oasis, and thus provide a chance to win. You have until July 31 to participate in the big photo contest. Simply send us a photo of your insect paradise.
Simply upload the photo to www.waz-online.de/woboasen, register and take advantage of the chance to win. At the end of the competition, the 12 most beautiful models will be published on a microsite so that readers can vote online for their favorite understanding.
The effort is rewarded: first place wins 500 euros, second place 300 euros, and third place 200 euros. So let’s go, we look forward to your submissions.