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Urban gardens, wind power hi tech and recycling: green economy challenges the crisis
One hundred Italian enterprises have chosen the path of eco-friendly innovation. From a school in the Egadi’ islands, which didn’t close last winter thanks to the new technologies , to a firm located in Pontedera, which has introduced separate waste collection in 200 municipalities in three years.
ROME - One hundred emblematic, concrete and positive stories, describe how the "Green Economy" tackles the economic crisis. The one presented by Legambiente in Rome today is a display of Italian talent and imagination. Real-life cases, uncovered in a show and analyzed in a conference set in the historical Ruspoli Palace are the paradigm of a desirable perspective of growth and development which believes under the sign of sustainable development.
Here are a few examples.
ZERO CONSUMPTION HOUSING
The most ecological residential building in Italy is located in Liguria. It links together the respect for the environment, the low expenses and comfort. The House of the Fire Brigade in Albenga includes 24 apartments, with an area of 800 squared meters for public offices. Everything is with zero consumption: heating, air-conditioning, hot water and electric energy for common uses. LED light bulbs have been adopted in the whole building, there is a geothermic pomp of heat powered by the photovoltaic, architecturally integrated thermal solar panels, diversified isolation according to the exposure to sunlight realized with natural materials such as cork, wood wool, sheep wool, mineralized wood fiber, all coming from the recycled sources.
RENEWABLE ENERGY IN VALDARNO
In a little village near Arezzo, Terranuova Bracciolini, “Americans have found America”. The Californian firm Power One is the owner of an establishment producing invertersfor wind power and photovoltaic energy using the Italian know-how. Currently the firm employs around 1.200 people, a figure which has more than the doubled compared to three years ago. The market of Power One is split into 50% in Italy, followed by Germany with 25%, and then Australia, France, United Kingdom, Spain, USA and China.
Up to a few years ago, the school of Favignana used to close down in winter because of logistic problems so that several families were forced to move away. The Comprehensive School Antonino Rallo of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo has decided to solve this problem by launching, in 2006, the project CLSSI 2.0: through the use of new technologies, a form of remote education is being experimented with schools from the mainland. Thanks to the introduction of this new technology, the trend of winter abandonment has been inverted and numerous families have returned to live on the island.
SOURCE: La Repubblica, 15/06/2012