More than 140 ideas that offer solutions to local water and sustainability problems were submitted to the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities. See who are the 10 winning projects that will be invited to present their ideas at the POWER conference. Give them feedback to help them improve their project ideas and pitches before the conference.
The POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities looked for innovative solutions to local water and sustainability issues between September 2018 and June 2019. More than 140 ideas were submitted to the POWER platforms of the cities Leicester, Milton Keynes, Sabadell and Jerusalem. After a community voting and a jury selection, 10 winning projects were selected. Now their authors will be invited to the POWER conference in Brussels in October 2019 to pitch their ideas to a high-end audience of sustainability and innovation experts who will support them in the further developments of their projects.
See the winning projects and give them feedback in the comment section below to help them prepare better for the pitch at the POWER conference. Tell them what you like about their projects and where you see potential for further improvement. If your feedback comment gets popular among the POWER community and gets more likes and replies, you can become one of 10 people to win the DROP! interactive board game on water.
Taking into account the current global water scarcity and the expensive operation and maintenance cost of wastewater treatment, INCOVER concept has been designed to move wastewater treatment from being primarily a sanitation technology towards a bio-product recovery industry and a recycled water supplier.
Three added-value plants treating wastewater (municipalities, farms and food and beverage industries) at three demonstration sites will be implemented, assessed and optimised concurrently. INCOVER plants will be implemented at demonstration scale in order to achieve Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 7-8 to ensure straightforward up scaling to 100,000 population equivalents (PE).
New Old Trend (Sabadell)
New-old trend is an online platform that connects people who want to give-away their clothes with people who want to give a second life to these clothes. As 700 gallons of water is needed to produce a single T-Shirt and only 20% of textiles globally are recycled, the platform aims at offering a more sustainable way of consumption and thus reducing the amount of water used for clothes production.
Flood Simulation Caravan (Leicester)
Flood Simulation Caravan is an innovative education tool that would teach children in a fun, interactive way; whether their area is in high-risk, what could they do to be prepared against flooding and what they could do in an actual case of flooding.
Students through means of virtual reality simulation will encounter a situation where the area they live is affected and they need to take immediate action!
RotH2O is a special roundabout that exploits the underground unused space of the roundabout to harvest rainwater, consequently preventing road flooding caused by extreme precipitation events.
Thanks to a water tank placed under the normal roundabout, water is collected and can be reused depending on the neighbourhood needs (i.e. landscaping, cleaning the road, extinguishing fires, groundwater recharge).
The aboveground portion of the roundabout is covered by vegetation that will help in preventing the urban heat island effect, reducing pollution and creating a small urban biodiversity hotspot.
TreeSpot is a mobile smart educative tree that raises awareness about the imapacts of climate change and urban environment on people's health. It shows ways to improve our cities and environments and by doing so - to improve our health.
The BuYo team aims at using buoy generator(s) to create self-sustainable open offices on the river bank (in Leicester). The generator converts kinetic energy of river stream into domestically applicable electricity via trapping the waves of the flow, thus producing enough power to meet the needs of such office facilities.
Bachreinigung (brook cleaning - BUND Frankfurt-Nord) (Leicester)
Bachreiningung is an initiative of BUND Northern Frankfurt-Main that aims and organizing voluntary brook cleaning actions to collect disposed waste and rubbish from the riverside. The organization started in 2017.
Drip (Milton Keynes)
Drip is an app that aims at fostering sustainable water usage by showing users their water consumption rates in real-time - no matter if they are at home, at work, at school etc. The app is connected to sensors installed in machines and water-consuming facilities (showers, toilets etc.) to immediately indicate and measure the water-usage of a person. The app uses gamification methods and rewards to stimulate people to reduce their water consumption.
WeHelpGreen (Milton Keynes)
WeHelpGreen is an app that tries to change user behavior towards more sustainable water consumption. The app combines several different approaches to stimulate users to save water: by using gamified elements that award users for the amount of saved water; by allowing users to share their water-saving achievements with their friends and network; by enableing users to be part of different communities and engage within these communities water-saving-related topics. The app promotes competence-building for sustainable waer consumption in a fun and engaging way.
DIAGNOSIS (Don't Ignore Any Get-away Neither Other Scape-system Is Solution) (Jerusalem)
DIAGNOSIS suggests a smart solution to the water scarcity and conservation problem in Jerusalem: installing smart-meters in the building in the city and connecting them to a map that visualizes the water consumption rates of each building.
The map will not only help people monitor their water consumption and compare it to the averages in their area, but will also be used to diagnose and control areas with excessive water consumption.
Give feedback to the winners in the comment section below and help them prepare better for their pitches oin Brussels. Tell them what you liked about their ideas and where you think they could improve. If your feedback comment is among the 10 most popular ones, you will get one of the 10 DROP! interactive board games that will help you learn about water sustainability in a fun way.
For the feedback comment to become popular, please share the link to your feedback comment in your personal network and ask your friends to like it and reply to it.
Give your feedback by latest October 1, 2019 to be eligible for the award of the DROP! game.
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Hi New Old Trend. Your idea is really good and important. I think it would be nice to add a social element. How about connecting people who might want to meet up to swap clothes at a clothes swap part...
A very ambitious project and a clear example of what is the circular economy. Very interesting!
Very interesting initiative that raises awareness about clothes manufacturing water costs and also connects people that want to give away clothes that they are not using any more with people looking f...
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New Old Trend - cloths swapping parties?
Janet11 September 2019 - 0:8 PM Hi New Old Trend. Your idea is really good and important. I think it would be nice to add a social element. How about connecting people who might want to meet up to swap clothes at a clothes swap party? I suppose finding a suitable venue (community building?) to hold the party might be a challenge, but it could be good fun to find like-minded people!
Stefaniya16 September 2019 - 1:40 PM Thank you for this comment! Clothes swapping events are a part of our plan. We have already started with the organisation of the first event. :)
dribes09 September 2019 - 9:22 AM A very ambitious project and a clear example of what is the circular economy. Very interesting!
New Old Trends
dribes09 September 2019 - 9:16 AM Very interesting initiative that raises awareness about clothes manufacturing water costs and also connects people that want to give away clothes that they are not using any more with people looking for 2nd hand clothes. My question is how will the app be economically maintained once is operative? Through publicity or how?
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Mathias05 September 2019 - 11:15 AM I like the approach and think it is very important to stop throwing away still good clothing. Could you imagine to connect it also with local manufactures of clothing? Maybe by providing information / organising sewing or cloth repair workshops with local shops?
New Old Trend
Stefaniya16 September 2019 - 1:41 PM Thanks a lot for this idea! We will really consider it.
Feedback to New Old Trend
Leticia08 August 2019 - 2:12 PM I like this idea very much, including its very attractive associated video. This online platform can help to raise awareness of the hidden water and emissions in the manufacturing of the clothes we use. By increasing this awareness in an engaging manner, there is good potential of creating a culture of reduce, reuse and recycle. Having an online catalogue of reusable clothes is also very trendy. Under the assumption that the exchange of clothes will be free of charge, will this initiative work in partnership with other entities or crowd-source funding to maintain and operate the platform, clothes storage and events?
New Old Trend
Stefaniya16 September 2019 - 1:53 PM Good question! We are still working on the concept and business case. We will try to find funding for the project at first. For the long run we will try to get support from bigger non-profit organisations working on the same topic and clothes store chains. I hope that we will have a clearer answer to this question with more detailed information soon.
New Old Trend
Stefaniya16 September 2019 - 1:52 PM Good question! We are still working on the concept and business case. We will try to find funding for the project at first. For the long run we will try to get support from bigger non-profit organisations working on the same topic and clothes store chains. I hope that we will have a clearer answer to this question with more detailed information soon.
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Jordi Vinyoles06 August 2019 - 3:18 PM This initiative is interesting because is aligned with the circular management of the resources. Perhaps the most important goal must be to work to implement a system to connect, easily and effectivily, the users who need clothes with the users who want to give used clothes.