GREEN & BLUE CITY SOLUTIONS

Sustainable infrastructure, climate change, water crisis, drought, floods

Green, Blue Cities are Climate Proof A literal green city is so much nicer to live in because people stay healthier, are involved and will contribute themselves as much as they can

Living in a green city keeps you healthy. The urban economy, the health of the people, green cities use renewable energy and save energy or water storage.

Resuming: Green Cities are Happy Cities.

On this page, we have collected a lot of ‘green’ healthy infra structural solutions which aren’t expensive.

And besides. Every dollar or euro spent, you will earn three in return.

Let’s give it a start. For your city, your familie, friends, colleagues, children and your children’s children.

BetterWorldSolutions collected products, trending concepts and more. For You! To build the cooler, healthier and cheaper city of the future.

Urban planners, architects …

Climate change is already having a major impact because of the rising temperatures, an increasing risk of floods and droughts and a lack of clean drinking water. This is what urban planners, architects and water experts can implement to bring down city temperatures, to prevent the city from water shortages and make the city a healthy, nice place to live. But there is more:

  • sustainable energy power reduces cities CO2 footprints
  • a literal green city is so much nicer to live in because people stay healthier, are involved and will contribute themselves as much as they can
    • by taking the bike/bus instead of the car
    • by planting trees
    • and by keeping the city clean

Don’t spill a drop of (rain)water

A sustainable infrastructure

Increase your water storage capacity

  • Climate change, water harvesting and storage on garages and buildings

    water storage on garages and buildings

    Do not spill a drop of water, collect rainwater on roofs

  • climate change, rainfall, green roofs

    Green roofs in Amsterdam. Perfect infrastructure to collect water

    Green roofs against climate change in Amsterdam

    Green roofs can retain 40-60 percent of stormwater hitting rooftops

  • Climate change, rainwater collect, recycle, reuse, Aquaflow

    water harvesting beneath roads, parking places …

    Store the rainwater in your city: beneath roads, or bassins

  • green infra, grey water, sewer pipe, storm water, green city, waste water, sustainable, climate proof

    Green Infrastructure Improvements

    Collect greywater, for example by separated underground sewer pipes for water usage, which don’t have to be fresh drinkwater: garden and agri irrigation and toilet flushing

  • waste water, grey water, pollution, sustainable infra

    The urgent need for prevention and monitoring

    And prevents pollutant/sewage water (including pesticides) to enter basements again, creating major public health issues in the process

  • Sustainable infrastructure, climate change, water crisis, drought, floods

    Green, Blue Cities are Climate Proof

    • water squares can be an attractive solution for heavily used areas with little available space
  • Water management, water leaks, city infrastructure, water management, climate change

    It’s time cities fix their water leaks

    Don’t forget to take care of your sewer pipes because a lot of water is spilled because of failing infrastructure systems

  • flood, stormwater, wateringpipe, climate change, retention, ponds, green city solutions

    This wateringpipe can be integrated in water storage systems and retention. And … it is inexpensive

    New drainage infrastructure with down pipe tech.

    This wateringpipe is inexpensive, can be integrated in water storage systems and retentions. And it has a very low footprint.

    From the UK and it is NEW

Green/Blue infra solutions

The term “Green infrastructure” describes how networks of natural ecosystems also function as crucial community infrastructure, providing ecosystem services and improving environmental sustainability. In the context of managing stormwater, green infrastructure can be defined as man-made systems that mimic natural approaches.

  • grey water, climate change, sustainable infra, water, pollution, green city

    Healthy soils can infiltrate and store large quantities of rainfall

    Bioswales can absorb water and channel or hold excess run-off, cleansing pollutants in the process

  • green infra, city, sustainable, climate change, water, grey water, storage

    Rain barrels are containers or systems that collect and store rainwater from rooftops for later use. They provide valuable and useful opportunities for water conservation

    Bioretention ponds A series of swales and bioretention ponds collect and treat stormwater runoff from parking areas

  • Climate change, rainwater storage, water reuse, infrastructure in cities

    Aquaflow water harvesting combination with asfalt and tarmac, especially for roads and garages

    Permeable pavements to catch and dewater stormwater slowly, if needed

  • Rainwater harvesting, green roofs, climate change, recollect, recycling, reuse

    Is your community ‘climate proof’?

    Trees can absorb more water and reduce runoff adding extra trees, which consume lots of water, help. Evergreens and conifers were found to intercept 35 percent of water hitting them

  • Water retention: Small filter strip in urban area

    Small filter strip in urban area

    Filter strips are usually located between surface water bodies, small car parks and at the side of roads. High groundwater levels and steep gradients can generally be overcome by filter strips.

  • wetlands, Green city solutions, sustainable infra

    Wetlands help regulate water levels within a watershed, improve water quality, reduce flood and storm damage, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and support hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities

    Beautiful constructed wetlands optimize the solid and nutrient removal efficiencies. A cheap alternative to expensive wastewater treatment technologies such as trickling filters and activated sludge processes.

  • green city, water, sustainable, climate change, trees, green city

    forests can loose about 7,000 to 20,000 liters of water per day. Thissindicate that most of the annual rain water obsorbed by plants is transpired this way.

    Trees in gardens can absorb more water and reduce runoff

    adding extra trees, which consume lots of water, help. Evergreens and conifers were found to intercept 35 percent of water hitting them

Wastewater is valuable

In several regions in Europe, waste water is recycled with renewable energy as a result. Also valuable residuals are recovered, such as phosphorus and cellulose from wastewater and iron and calcium carbonate residuals from drinking water.

  • green infra, grey water, sewer pipe, storm water, green city, waste water, sustainable, climate proof

    Green Infrastructure Improvements

    Biological treatment of wastewater
    This new biological cleaning of wastewater saves the city of Amsterdam up to 600,000 euros per year, plus 21,000 euros from the struvite.

  • Generally waterbodies contain more of nutrients, N and P, and less of micro nutrients, since metals are not stable in water. So by providing the missing micro nutrients, diatom growth is enhanced.

    Generally waterbodies contain more of nutrients, N and P, and less of micro nutrients, since metals are not stable in water. So by providing the missing micro nutrients, diatom growth is enhanced.

    Reuse your wastewater with Diatom Algae
    Diatom Algae will remove nutrients – N and P, in rivers and lakes. The clear waters can be reused for industry and irrigation or filtered further for clean, drinking water.

  • valuable residuals are recovered, such as phosphorus and cellulose from wastewater and iron and calcium carbonate residuals from drinking water

    valuable residuals are recovered, such as phosphorus and cellulose from wastewater and iron and calcium carbonate residuals from drinking water

    Wastewater treatment and recovery of raw materials

    Recovering ingredients for Health & Lifestyle, Food & Feed, Chemistry and Green Energy 

  • Hydrea Thermpipe, heat exchange, sustainable infra, climate change, renewables, city heat, industrial heat recovering

    Hydrea Thermpipe from ESCO

    Sewer heat power
    Recovering heat from the sewer has been hardly used. Now the efficiency of the technique increases, a breakthrough is coming. With heat from sewers up to 50% of the total energy consumption of households can be recovered and it is a clean form of renewable energy.

A city can build with nature

Climate change adaption presents a range of opportunities for strengthening the area-specific eco-systems. Especially for delta-cities.

Measures to prevent flooding

To protect the city from future floods, governments have a lot of different solutions. There is not one best way to keep floods out. On order to succeed, cities often have to decided for different products, next to another to keep their feed dry. This is an overview of measures that can be taken.

  • 3DI, flood, climate change, barrier, water, damage, sustainable, data

    The 3Di area model also allows the effects of deeper dredging, harbour expansions and bypasses to be examined

    Do you want to know how much your city (or region) will be damaged because of a flood?
    3Di shows the affects in case of flooding, dry periods, water transport by the river etc. All described exceptionally well in a 3Di area model. The answer to ‘What If’.

  • flood, barrier, water, climate change, sea

    Storm Surge Barrier Ramspol

    A smaller one, the Balgstuw barrier was built to project the land behind against flooding by high water. The barrier consists three inflatable, nylon-reinforced rubber dams, each 75 m long, 13 m wide and with a design height of 8.35 m.

  • Water, flooding, contamination, climate change, green city, sustainable

    Also, the SlamDam can be used for creating a bassin for reception of contaminated firefighting water

    The Slamdam is an easily movable dam
    This flood barrier can simply be placed by only two people. And after that you just roll it back to manageable size. A big step forward in safety of your life and home when the water is rising

  • Flexible Tube Barrier from 50 cm to 100 cm high

    Flexible Tube Barrier from 50 cm to 100 cm high

    The Tube Barrier is made up of a number of elements. The Tube itself is held up by the tension bars in and around the Tube. This looks like a hollow tunnel. The span slats are made from a special fiberglass created what the enormous pressure and stress can cope well.
    Watch the video

  • Super 'Lego" boxes: the BoxBarrier prevents against flooding

    Super ‘Lego” boxes: the BoxBarrier prevents against flooding

    The BoxBarrier uses water against water.
    This is a very effective temporary flood defense system, which can be used to temporarily heighten the crest of a dike, or to make a temporary dam on flat terrain. This increased  crest height prevents flooding of the areas behind the dike.

 

 

 

green city, greywater, reuse, water, climate change, sustainable

Greywater reuse could cause the average lifespan of sewer pipes to fall from 147 years to just 70 years

Greywater links:

Renewables

  • Solar Power on Parkings
    Solar Power can supply the area of renewables. On carports and big parkings. Alter Enersun sent us  some examples of carports we have constructed in Spain.
    I totally agree with you that this kind of solution is the less efficient for a PV System, but the benefits associated to the integration of the installation perhaps could seems worthwhile.
    In the video attached you could find four different kinds of car parks.
  • Video

    renewables, climate change, fossil fuel, electricity, rotterdam, waste heat

    Energy recycling through waste heat recovery

    Rotterdam recycles industrial waste heat
    Since 2015 Rotterdam made a sustainable infrastructure that connects the hot effluent to the city heating system. A benefit for hundreds of thousands of houses in Rotterdam.

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