Industrial parks don’t need to be gray and dreary, but rather can be an important element of green cities. In a model project coordinated by the Bonn Science Shop (WILA Bonn), the Global Nature Fund (GNF) will investigate how sustainable rearranging of existing industrial parks can succeed in the cities Frankfurt (Main), Marl and Remscheid.
In the mentioned cities space is limited. Companies need space for business, citizens need recreational areas. But also in industrial parks several needs exist for the use of different areas. The research project "Green instead of Gray – Industrial Parks in Transition” involves all relevant stakeholders in the planning of a potential reshaping of industrial parks. The project considers ecological, social and economic perspectives. Even smaller actions as the greening of parking spaces, the conscious choice of materials in construction projects or the planting of streets with green traffic islands can contribute for an increase in urban climate.