11月26日，来自美国卡耐基梅陇大学的Prof.Volker Hartkopt 来到同济，为学子带来“Campuses as LivingLaboratories 校园：有生命的实验室”讲座。许多生动的例子获得满堂博彩。课后，Volker教授受吴校长之邀，加入中德未来城市联盟。
Prof. Volker Hartkopf from Carnegie Mellon University visited Tongji University
On Thursday 26 November 2015, Prof. Volker Hartkopf from Carnegie Mellon University - USA gave a public lecture about “Campus as a living lab”. During the lecture, Prof. Hartkopf gave numerous attracting examples. After class, President Wu invited Prof. Volker to join Sino-German Urban Future Alliance.
President Wu first explained the situation that power consumption per student on campus is much more than citizens’ average consumption in order to point out the importance of energy-saving on campus. He introduced to students the interior decoration of Wenyuan building in 2006 and its energy-saving functions. Among 26 specific techniques, he underlined most the ground source heat pump and envelop enclosure. As the theme of lecture was to describe a “Campus as a living lab,” the practice that Tongji University has made would be an outstanding example for other universities in Shanghai.
Prof. Volker introduced the history of Carnegie Mellon University. He also mentioned that new objectives proposed in UN Paris climate change conference will be principles for the development of both university and future cities. To be more specific, energy strategy indicates to contribute to urban planning, employment and community culture. Prof. Volker explained the serious situation in high energy-consuming buildings. As statistics have shown, American cooling towers in the buildings have used as much water as the volume used in the agriculture. ¾ of the water are wasted. Therefore, it gave more pressure in energy-consuming and carbon emission. It is obvious that the usage of clear energy is far from satisfaction in energy structure.
Pittsburgh is committed to developing in a sustainable way. Prof. Volker introduced the efforts that Carnegie Mellon University has made in this aspect. Today, Pittsburgh has become an ideal destination for many new industries. In this way, people can regain their working opportunity if they lost jobs because of the depression in the steel industry. This exiting phenomenon also became a great characteristic in the city. In Germany, Volkswagen used recycling process to design better cars and raise the efficiency in assembly. Sustainability and energy-saving technology are changing people’s life in Shanghai, Stuttgart and Sao Paulo City.
Campus can be an essential platform to promote the sustainability and foster talents in this field. It is possible to set up more labs on sustainable development.