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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. For the fourth time, the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) is awarding its research prize for scientific work on sustainable development. The sustainability prize is awarded in the categories of dissertation, master’s thesis and bachelor thesis. The BUND awards the prizes as part of the online science conference “Science in Crisis: Science Policy for Sustainable Development”. The conference will be opened by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker with a lecture on the subject of “Regenerative Transformation”. BUND Chairman Olaf Bandt explains the importance of scientific work for BUND: “Scientific findings and the commitment of young scientists are essential for the work of the BUND is indispensable. I am pleased that, for the fourth time in a row, we have succeeded in honoring committed young people who, with their work, stimulate the content-related debates of the BUND and make an important contribution to the scientific discourse. ”The 59 applications submitted are proof that There is an awareness of the need for sustainable and future-oriented strategies among the teachers at universities and among many young researchers. Bandt: “As a sustainability association, BUND lives from basic scientific research as well as from application-oriented research on concrete social problems of our time. Only with the help of science can a socio-ecological restructuring of the economy and society be achieved and implemented in political discourse. ”Joachim Spangenberg, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of BUND:“ Ecology and sustainability must be given high priority in science policy and in times of the Corona in research funding. Only on the basis of scientific knowledge can we succeed in limiting the climate crisis, species extinction and resource consumption and in making the overdue transformation process efficient and socially acceptable. ” With a view to the science conference, the biologist, ecologist and economist Spangenberg adds: “The research policy of the federal government is too technology-centered. However, we need holistic considerations, including economic and social science research as well as better science communication. This must also be reflected in the future package of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The BUND research award distinguishes good examples of this; also to improve the prospects for young scientists. ”The BUND Research Award for Sustainability is endowed with 2,500 euros for dissertations, 1,000 euros for master’s theses and 500 euros for bachelor theses. It is organized by the BUND Science Policy Commission under the co-speakers Katharina Ebinger, Rudi Kurz and Benjamin Nölting. The application phase for the BUND Research Award 2021 runs until January 15, 2021. The following work will be awarded: Dissertation: The award will be made for the work of Kirsten David, HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), Architecture, Building Economics Supervisors: Reinhold Johrendt, Thomas Krüger topic: “Functional cost splitting to determine rent increases based on energy measures – A recommendation for action on the basis.” BUND expert Frank Ebinger, deputy working group spokesman for economics and finance, writes: “The BUND represents its interests as an environmental and nature conservation association on an ecological basis Renewal and social justice. ”In the field of increasing the energy efficiency of existing buildings, he relies on ecological renovation measures. However, these usually cause higher planning and execution costs than, for example, the frequently used thermal insulation composite system with rigid polystyrene foam. With the current application of the right to rent increases after modernization, which only considers the costs of a measure, ecological measures to increase energy efficiency result in higher rent increases and thus lead to an imbalance in the target triangle of sustainability. However, the functional cost splitting not only couples the construction costs, but also the structural renovation success to the rent increase amount. The principle is that only costs for actual improvements in the functionality of the component in question entitle to a rent increase. So if subsequent external insulation worsens the diffusion and thus moisture-protecting properties of the component or does not improve them, this reduces the amount of the rent increase. As a result, it is already relevant in the planning phase when examining the economic viability of the project whether the proposed design variant really leads to an improvement in component functionality. In this way, ecological alternatives move into the focus of investors. In addition, the functional cost splitting enables the traceable quantification of the above Anyway costs and thus also confirms the tenant protection function of § 559 Paragraph 2 BGB. The BUND’s argumentation for the implementation of ecological renovation measures becomes more conclusive and simpler with the application of functional cost splitting, also or especially taking into account economic aspects. ”Master’s thesis: We are honored for the work of Thilo Wellmann, Humboldt University of Berlin, Landscape Ecology, Institute for Geography Supervisors: Dagmar Haase, Angela Lausch Topic: “Modeling the distribution of 44 urban bird species using Earth observation based plant trait indicators and machine learning.” scientific knowledge, but also the loss of biodiversity is faster than ever today. What is urgently needed are tools and framework conditions that enable us to better integrate and synthesize our wealth of knowledge – to involve science in planning and larger political debates. Interactive, user-friendly web tools and apps are a suitable way of preparing complex scientific findings with methods of machine learning (also called ‘artificial intelligence’) for a broader public. For BUND, this offers a future building block for assessing the consequences of various developments in urban space. From the models calculated in the master’s thesis, the software will calculate in real time the effects of changes in urban greenery on bird diversity and the occurrence of individual species. Thus, for example, the effects of surface sealing can be calculated or existing areas with vegetation can be upgraded. With the help of the application, alternative locations for urbanization projects can be found in which the impairment of the bird species spectrum or individual target species is less severe, or where an improvement in the habitat properties can even be achieved. Since birds are considered indicators of biodiversity, this is a very promising approach for a comprehensive analysis of settlement areas. ”Master’s thesis: The work of Lisa Kolde, Cusanus University, Economics, is awarded. Supervisors: Reinhard Loske, Peter HennickeTopic: The governance of“ just structural change ”- Empirical study in the Rhenish lignite mining district and conceptualization. BUND expert Werner Neumann, spokesman for the BUND working group on energy, writes:“ The present work analyzes political measures and actor constellations in the context of the lignite phase-out and would like to provide civil society with a guide for further action Offer. The question of how federal funds will be used in the affected regions is still largely unresolved. For example, local citizens’ initiatives are calling for the Rhenish lignite mining district to be turned into a place for environmental education. The years 2019 and 2020 represent an open window for political influence. BUND has already proven itself to represent civil society in structural change through its participation in the Commission Kommission Growth, Structural Change and Employment ’. The concrete focus of the work on a region enables a deep analysis where an involvement of the BUND and other organizations and initiatives is useful and necessary. With recourse to participation research, proposals are developed how civil society can effectively help shape the process of structural change. ”Bachelor thesis: The work of Anna Glindemann, Bauhaus-Universität-Weimar, Urbanistik. Supervisors: Mark Jentsch, Anton Brokow-LogaThema : Promoting sufficient behavior in planning. The BUND expert Angelika Zahrnt, honorary chairwoman of the BUND, writes: “The present work deals with part of sufficiency policy, which is also the subject of research at BUND, and examines the possibilities of municipal planning and politics are available as an actor. With the help of planning, formal and informal instruments, the work shows the important role that municipal planning can play in the design of sufficiency. It has been shown that measures to promote sufficiency have so far hardly been implemented or for other reasons. For this reason, it is important to address the implementation difficulties that have been identified and to find new solutions for the development of municipalities. ”More informationOverview


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