Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities
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Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities The Role of Living Laboratories

The Role of Living Laboratories

Edited by Ariane König

Now that the Earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change technologies, social practices and social norms relating to material production and consumption to ensure that we do not further jeopardize the functioning of our planet’s life support systems. Through research, education and civic engagement, universities have a pivotal role to play in this transition. This timely book explores how universities are establishing living laboratories for sustainable development, and examines the communication networks and knowledge infrastructures that underpin impact both on and beyond the campus.
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Chapter 4: Campus building energy management in Tongji University: an approach to achieve energy efficiency of buildings for sustainability

Hongwei Tan and Shuqin Chen

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With forecasts of global energy shortages and evidence for severe environmental imbalances, it has been a global consensus to take action regarding climate change; energy-saving and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction are amongst the issues receiving most attention in agenda setting for environmental protection and the development of a sustainable society. As a developing country in its fast-growing economic period, China faces great challenges relating to energy and the environment. Currently, the level of energy consumption in the building sector ranks second only to industry energy consumption, and it is forecast to rise. The high priority given to programmes and projects to reduce energy and water use on university campuses in China is determined by several factors, including the fact that Chinese universities provide housing to all their students, per capita energy and water consumption levels are significantly higher on campuses than in households, the number of universities and students is steadily growing and the educational influence potential is significant.

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