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A new green area of the city with education, networking and idea development is growing at the end of Frederiksgade. FO Aarhus is leading the way and showcasing the sustainable path with solar panels, organic food and hanging gardens. At the same time, FO is working hard to generate new life on Frederiksgade.
In between Vester Allé, Christiansgade and Frederiksgade lies a tiny city within the city. This is where you’ll find FO-city, a kind of “everyday folk high school” that is located where people meet, live and work. FO Aarhus is an adult education association and a social enterprise offering activities, teaching, debate and evening classes open to everyone. FO invests in sustainability and has a solar panel that produces enough electricity to supply four family houses a year.
A GREEN ENTRANCE
“FO-Aarhus would like to be part of creating a green entrance to Frederiksgade. In the old days there was a town gate at the end of Frederiksgade, which was the only brick-built town gate in the city. This tradition of having an entrance or exit gate on the street can be brought back using the end walls at the top of Frederiksgade. This port can be decorated so that it welcomes visitors and shoppers to the street – ideally with a green and eco-friendly message at its focus”, says Torben Dreier, headmaster of FO Aarhus School. The street is already known for it´s green plant decorations and events during Aarhus Festival 2012, energy saving initiatives with the Green Fingerprint scheme and solar panels in FO-city and the retail of green products such as the Christmasstalls in 2012. A green town gate would support this environmental brand.
“The FO city has planned to establish a hanging garden between its two backyards in 2014. The garden will be filled with green plants and trees but will also be lit up with ecofriendly lights and be fitted with a rainwater collector. The yard will also offer artistic experiences such as re cycled art”, explains Torben Dreier.
SOLAR POWERED ENERGY
The first phase of Aarhus’ largest solar panel is now complete in FO-city in Frederiksgade. It is the first phase of a new electricity production, which will save CO2. The Cleantech company Megavol. planned and installed this initial plant, which contains 21.6 kW of cells, on top of the administration building at Frederiksgade 78C. The plant produces approximately the same amount of electricity as is used by four family houses over a year – roughly 19,000 kWh. – It provides almost administration building all year round. The solar panel will save at least 293 tonnes of CO2 over the course of its lifetime. This is equivalent to 5.1 family cars running for a year, eight return flights from Aarhus to New York or planting 293 trees. FO-city will soon be embarking upon a new project to construct a new teaching building at Frederiksgade 78B. Megavol will be installing the second phase of the solar panel system. The solar panels are part of FO-city’s green strategy that aims to take responsibility for both the local and national environment. FO-city’s green strategy is in accordance with the Frederiksgade project “Green Street”. The beginning of the Green Street Frederiksgade is strongly anchored in FO-city’s installing of Aarhus’ largest solar panel facility. Some years ago Aarhus Green Scouts started a scheme to hand out green fingerprints to shops, offices and businesses in Aarhus after a thorough check and approval of their procedures regarding energy and organic produce. FO-city has lived up to the green fingerprint requirements since 2000, which include:
There are energy saving light bulbs everywhere in FO-city, as well as water-saving toilets, water-saving attachments on the taps , timers on the radiators to reduce heat waste at night and also energy efficient household appliances.
RECYCLING AND MINIMISING OF RESOURCE CONSUMPTION
Printing and copying on both sides of the paper, recycling of paper to use as notepaper, reusing of plastic folders, paperclips, ring binders etc.
Sorting of waste that is delivered to the appropriate recycling station as well as the procurement of organic produce and ecolabelled paper.
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