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Green village earns praise

08-16-2011 10:33 BJT Special Report:2011 Shenzhen 26th Summer Universiade |

IN the past week, the 7,900 Universiade athletes have enjoyed the benefits of environmentally friendly facilities.

Various energy-saving and environmentally friendly architecture in the Universiade Village was highly praised by foreign athletes.

Bathrooms were designed on balconies and it has impressed almost all the athletes.

“In the beginning, it felt strange, but now it feels great!” said weightlifter Petteri Heinonen from Finland. Heinonen had never seen a bathroom on a balcony, and he thought it was odd at first. Now he thinks it’s brilliant because it uses water heated by solar energy. Ramsey Nasser and Rachid Idriss of Lebanon appreciated the bathroom for the better ventilation, which saves power.

The village was paved with water-absorbing bricks, to prevent slipping and flooding even after heavy rain. The bricks would help replenish groundwater and collected water was used to water flowers and plants.

Nasser and Idriss were also impressed with the solar-powered hot water available 24 hours.

An enclosed automatic garbage collection system in the village handles 6.3 tons of garbage per day. It removes odor from the garbage and eliminates the nuisance of secondary pollution during transportation.

The garbage is transported through underground pipes to the collection center where it passes through a garbage separator, compressed and sealed, and transported to landfill or for incineration. The whole process is self-contained.

Greenery is everywhere and helps keep the air fresh, said Thomas Sommer, 23, a taekwondo athlete from Germany.

“I saw flowers and grass everywhere on my first day here, not only on the ground, but also on the roofs.” He believes environmental protection in the village is quite advanced.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: www.sz2011.org

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