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Design Capital Helsinki Sets Green Example With Public Transportation and Alternative Energy Initiatives

Posted By Helen Morgan On March 16, 2012 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Design,Green Building,Urban design | No Comments

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Named World Design Capital of 2012 [1], Helsinki [2] rocks the design world – and the Finnish capital also scores high on the sustainable development scale as well. The city is setting a great green example for the rest of the world with its innovative energy systems, its efficient public transportation networks, and its preservation of the area’s beautiful archipelago [3]. Read on to learn more Helsinki’s eco initiatives!

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The city boasts a great rail network that appeals to morning commuters and encourages the use of public transportion as opposed to gas-guzzling cars. Within the city center, both the metro and streetcar networks are also expanding – andbike sharing schemes [4] are on the up as well: local efforts are driving the amount of public bicycle journeys up by two-thirds.

Energy buffs out there will be happy to hear that the city produces its own electricity, district heating and district cooling [5] in a single co generation plant. This system is five times more efficient than building-specific cooling systems. The city is also known for pioneering innovations such as “green cloud computing” in the world’s most eco-efficient data centers [6], which help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and costs.

Along with the city of Turku, Helsinki has also committed to supporting the Baltic Sea Challenge [7] in order to help save the environmentally threatened waters that surround the archipelago.

+ City of Helsinki [2]

Images courtesy of the City of Helskini Seppo Laakso, WSP Design Studio, Helsinki City Planning, and Pekka Lankinen

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[1] World Design Capital of 2012: http://wdchelsinki2012.fi/en

[2] Helsinki: http://www.hel.fi/hki/Ymk/en/Etusivu

[3] archipelago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archipelago

[4] bike sharing schemes: http://inhabitat.com/tag/public-bike-sharing/

[5] district heating and district cooling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_heating

[6] eco-efficient data centers: http://inhabitat.com/5-cool-green-data-centers-that-serve-the-environment/

[7] Baltic Sea Challenge: http://www.itamerihaaste.net/in_english

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