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Project “Research based learning for ZERO CARBON CITIES” <<

Urban regions are responsible for more than 70% of worldwide CO2 emissions. The building sector is one of the key sources of these emissions and is therefore considered to have high potential to contribute to meeting reduction targets. Investigations of the City University of New York (CUNY) show that 80% of the total energy consumption of New York City is emitted from buildings.

The energy system of a city is an interconnected, complex, multi-faceted structure. To understand the interactions between each participant of such a system, it is important to develop and analyse them using appropriately sophisticated software. Various disciplines, such as architecture, city planning, geoinformatics and energy engineering, directly and indirectly influence the design of the future energy system, and interdisciplinary research groups at HFT Stuttgart have been led research projects on various aspects of complex interaction and interrelations fundamental to cities’ energy systems. Driving this focus at HFT Stuttgart is the university’s commitment to transferring applied research insights into its courses of study.

„Research based learning for ZERO CARBON CITIES“ is a project funded with a total of 105,000 € over a three-year period by the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for university students – BWS plus, a programme of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. The project aims to strengthen the relationship between researchers and students from CUNY and HFT. Workshops in New York and Stuttgart will be integral to the project, and a highlight of the project will be an international summer school around the topic of zero carbon cities in New York in 2018.

Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM

Since 2001 the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM supports the international exchange of students and vocationally qualified people. With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung has enabled over 20.000 young people from Baden-Württemberg to spend some time abroad or has allowed foreign scholarship holders to get to know Baden-Württemberg. Each year more than 1.000 young people receive a Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM. www.bw-stipendium.de  

Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for university students – BWS plus

With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for university students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme is endowed with approx. 800,000 euros per year. Since 2011 more than 50 of such projects have been supported by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

Baden-Württemberg Stiftung

THE BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG STIFTUNG advocates a vital Baden-Württemberg with a high quality of life. It helps pave the way for top-class research, many kinds of educational measures and responsible dealings with our fellow man. The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung is one of the major foundations in Germany. It is the only foundation which invests exclusively and without partisanship in the future of Baden-Württemberg, and thus in the future of its citizens. www.bwstiftung.de  

Reiner Braun (reiner.braun@hft-stuttgart.de)