Construction and other commercial and service companies do not necessarily play an important role when it comes to protecting the climate, environment and species – on the contrary: their residential and commercial projects are often criticized as “robbers of natural areas”. The topic of sustainable development has long found its way there, as a glance at the center of Wolfsburg makes clear. In many places it is in a completely new bloom.
“In the future, real estate will make a significant contribution to the sustainable future of cities and societies and will increasingly transform their environment into a living organism,” emphasize those responsible at entricon GmbH, which focuses on holistic construction. And this applies not only to the use of appropriate building materials and construction technologies, but also, above all, to the view of the environment, including “neighbors”, which can be very diverse. After all, residential and commercial areas are the center of life for people, plants and animals, including a colorful world of insects that create a cheerful hum and buzz, as the latest joint project of municipal services and entricon GmbH on the Nordkopf Tower (WNT) in Wolfsburg explains. Because the workers have flowered the area around the WNT as part of the project “Wolfsburg oases” with the planting of red honeysuckle, hawthorn, viburnum, black elder and other native wild shrubs and thus a small paradise for small animals such as butterflies, beetles and emerging wild bees
An indispensable role
“Insects play an irreplaceable role in our nature,” those responsible know. Therefore, it is especially important to take into account their importance in the development and implementation of residential and commercial projects, as well as in the development of cities. “Therefore, we are initially very excited about the development of our flora and fauna in the coming years and hope to make a small contribution to climate protection and species protection.”
An extraordinary project
The same applies to Thieme, based in Wolfsburg, which, as a partner in industrial and building technology, specializes in the use of renewable energy sources and recently expanded its already extensive know-how in climate protection and species protection with a rather unusual project : In the workshop “Akerpause” employees learned how to properly grow vegetables on the beds and prepare a healthy home-cooked lunch. We have worked hard for this – but, above all, we have awakened enthusiasm for the efficient use of nature on our own doorstep. “I learned a lot and want to grow lettuce at home,” enthused Thieme employee Leonie Krizak. In the summer months, it’s time to “water it right” and finally harvest hard. Project manager Jana Zuleger, who has already planted the first vegetables in her home garden, was also excited about the possibilities. Therefore, in the future there should be even more vegetables, herbs and fruits on the local grounds. All the more so because specialists from the “Vegetable Academy”, as the educational program is called, made it clear that it is possible to grow a wide variety of delicacies even in the smallest rooms, such as windowsills, balconies, terraces and loggias. In addition, it opens up new habitats and “oases of well-being” for insects that make nature and people happy.
The countdown is on: take your chance to participate!
Whether on the balcony, terrace or even in the garden at home: focus on your personal insect oasis and thus ensure yourself a chance to win. You have until July 31st to take part in our big photo contest. Just send us a photo of your insect paradise.
Simply upload a 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 motifs will be published on the microsite so that readers can vote online for their favorite motif.
And the effort is rewarded: first place gets €500, second place gets €300 and third place gets €200. So come on, we look forward to your submissions.