Forum “Ecology of the metropolis”

At the end of last week, the forum “Ecology of megapolis”was held in St. Petersburg.

The main program dedicated to the ecology of the urban environment was held on Friday, September 18. The event consisted of two parts: an interactive program prepared by the ECO STANDARD group team, and the conference itself.

Both parts of the program were rich and informative. In the first part, ECO STANDARD group provided a brief overview of the factors that degrade the quality of internal spaces of buildings and residential premises. Emphasis was placed on noise and electro-magnetic pollution, as well as indoor air pollution.

An interesting concept called “Healthy construction”was also presented. This trend appeared relatively recently (in 2014-2016) as a logical continuation of” green ” construction. In the concept of “healthy” construction, attention is paid not only to the factors of environmental safety and efficiency of the building in terms of energy saving, but also to such psychological and social parameters as a competent layout of premises, the presence of recreational areas (for offices), encouraging residents to physical activity (for the prevention of a sedentary lifestyle).

After the lecture, students were invited to participate in a quiz aimed at consolidating their knowledge.

In the second part of the forum’s work program, a conference was held on the ecological state of cities and the quality of the urban environment. The key topics of this conference were the problem of urban waste and environmental education. It should be noted that within the framework of waste management, both developed cases and existing projects on MSW management were presented. Of particular interest was the project to create an Ecotechnopark for integrated waste processing. In addition, the issue of decontamination and disposal of medical waste, which is particularly relevant at the present time, was considered.

The environmental education program also featured a range of interesting projects: from environmental and historical and cultural programs developed by the staff of the Gardens of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, to works that intersect with the first theme of creating accessories from defective rubber (Center Gomma and Roy Rebel, Italy) and environmental projects of young designers who created collections of costumes from recycled materials.

In General, the conference program was very rich, and during the allotted four hours, participants were able to highlight many of the existing problems and offer real projects to improve the ecological state of the urban environment.

Ryabova Elkhana Gennadievna,

senior lecturer of the Department of ecology and nature management

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