Venice Climathlon: Cultural heritage in a changing climate

The Climate-KIC Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change event which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 28 October 2016. 

In Venice, the Climate-KIC Climathon will begin on the morning of the 27 October CEST and finish on the following day. It is organised by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG). 

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The Challenge

“Venice is one of the World Heritage sites most at threat from the impacts of current and expected climate change. Rising sea level, exacerbated by local subsidence, and extreme temperatures are among the main hazards to be faced by the city and its inhabitants. Little attention has been drawn so far on how to enhance the city’s coping and adaptive capacity with respect to heatwaves. Venice Climathon will therefore address the following question:

‘What kind of energy-efficient solutions can be imagined to increase Venice’s resilience to heatwaves?’

We will adopt a two-fold perspective. On the one side, we will focus on energy-efficient solutions for cooling systems in (historical) buildings. Types of approaches falling in this category include, but are not limited to, domotic systems, interior architectural projects, and information campaigns. On the other side, we will explore the potential of nature-based solutions, to reduce the urban heat island effect.

Our approach will be highly trans-disciplinary, combining urban planning, architecture, and business perspectives, among others. Both students and professionals are welcomed to apply!”

Partners

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG)

How to join the Climathon

How will you benefit from participating in Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Register your interest now to join the Climathon global movement and drive climate action

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