Researching urban runoff management advances sustainable urbanization
Rainwater or meltwater that runs unrestrainedly down the streets is a major problem for a city. Urban runoff water that is unfiltered carries the dirt and pollutants of the streets with it, thus it also causes environmental burden. Natural solutions for urban runoff management are essential elements of the future’s city. However, the solutions will not be possible to develop without thorough scientific research.
Green infrastructure helps control the environmental problems of the cities
The greenhouse gases emitted in cities hasten climate change and deteriorate citizens’ wellbeing. There are challenges in sustainable urbanization but the ways for achieving carbon neutral cities are already within reach. Long Xie, our researcher, tells how green infrastructure can boost the development of cities.
Companies have the possibility and the responsibility to uphold biodiversity
Companies have benefited greatly from nature and now the time has come for companies to help nature in return. The societal progression that has had the biggest effect on biodiversity has been the increase in consumption . Now is the time to wake up and realise that companies’ actions are greatly needed. Companies have a multitude of possibilities to guard nature values more effectively. Switching to circular economy solutions in manufacturing goods and services, and demanding ecological actions from cooperation partners, to name but a few. The biodiversity catastrophe we are undergoing is possible to tackle but it requires cooperation and genuine contributions.
Green solutions are derived from thorough research and development work
During 2020 a city oasis was built in Kera, where it was tested how green solutions regenerating urban living work in practice. The examination of the solutions included both scientific research and involving the inhabitants of the city. Eventually, a beautiful green space for urban farming was built and valuable information for the research and development work was provided. But what was actually examined in the city oasis?
Could the green wall filter microplastics from urban runoff?
InnoGreen is currently examining how effectively microplastics can be filtered from urban runoff by directing the runoff water through a green wall. For research purposes a modular green wall was built in Konala, Helsinki. The runoff water from Kehä 1 ring road is directed into the green wall. The study is one of the Speedy Experiments of the Baltic Sea Challenge.
We are continuously developing the modular green wall
The original modular green wall of ours came to be in the year 2010. The story of our green wall began when one of our founders and partner Mikko Sonninen visioned that everyone should be able to enjoy a rainforest like lushness and greenery every single day. The demo used to introduce the modular green wall won at the Summer of Start Ups competition in 2010. After that Jaakko Pesonen and Oula Harjula teamed up with Mikko to further develop the green wall. With investors, the trio was able to create a product that is both functional and ecological. Behind all the tough work was the deep passion to bring people back closer to nature.
We have preserved over 1 000 000 m2 of tropical forests
World Land Trust (WLT) is an international nature conservation organization that aims to preserve the most biologically significant and endangered habitats around the world. As a partner of WLT, we have taken part in the preservation of the Colombian Chocó rainforest, the cloud forests in the Andies and the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.
The mesmerizing trees at Oodi library
The central library of Helsinki, Oodi has received plenty of international media attention. Beautiful, natural architecture and design make Oodi a remarkable place. When we were included in the making of the green decor at Oodi, we knew that this was something very special.
Plant terrarium – a piece of rainforest
For plant enthusiasts like us, a pot in the corner of the office simply isn’t enough. We wanted to bring a touch of exoticism and rainforest diversity to the chilly Nordic environment. Thus the plant terrarium was born. It brings a piece of the mystic of the Amazon into every interior in a convenient package.
Welcome nature – a climate-positive urban oasis in Kalasatama
People need nature around them to feel healthy and to be happy. This is true inside as well as outside. This spring we are taking part in Smart Kalasatama’s agile piloting programme and building a thriving urban oasis in the Kalasatama district in Helsinki. We’ll create a rain garden designed to store rainwater and to return it to nature.
Know this when buying your first green wall
Eye-catching green walls are built in Finland and elsewhere in Europe in an increasing number of public places and private residences. Green walls surprise and delight people using the space time after time. In small places, it’s possible to enjoy greenery without wasting floor space. But what does one have to take into account before installing a green wall?
Better acoustics naturally – case Helsinki Hall of Culture
The designing of the big conference rooms in the Helsinki Hall of Culture, designed by Alvar Aalto, was began with a clear need: the big spaces were in need of better acoustics and a new look. Aalto himself was passionate about nature and plants. Moss, which is natural and easy to maintain, was chosen to improve the acoustics.
A unique green tower in the Sello shopping centre
The Sello shopping centre in Espoo attracts thousands of visitors daily. The shopping centre has turned into more of a meeting place rather than just a concentration of shops. People come to spend time and enjoy themselves with friends and family. This makes the cosiness of both the inside and outside spaces more important than it used to be. We have been cooperating with the Sello shopping centre for a long time. This time around, our mutual goal was to create a unique eye-catcher.