Gårdstensbostäder – from socially challenged to role model district
Gårdsten in Gothenburg shows how innovation, persistence, commitment, cooperation and participation have reversed the trend in a vulnerable urban district. Since Gårdstensbostäder was founded in 1997, crime has halved, people are now queueing for accommodation and 1,500 new homes are being built with various forms of tenure.
Artificial wetlands in Trosa
Since 2003 the waste water from the town of Trosa (about 4500 citizens) has been treated in artificial wetlands, after the basic treatment in the sewage plant. Thanks to the wetlands the Trosa river and the town bay have been spared from eutrophicating substances (plant nutrients) as well as contagious substances (pathogenes). Besides the value of purifying the water, the wetlands are a popular recreation area. The wetlands are used for education and many study visits are made here. Vagnhärad, the neighbouring town with about 4500 citizens, has a similar area of artificial wetlands since 2001.
Waste incineration at Högdalenverket
Högdalenverket, which is one of Europe’s most modern installations for energy extracted from waste, produces electricity and heat from Stockholm’s combustible household waste and industry waste. Högdalenverket is an important component in the district heating network of southern Stockholm.