Malmö, Sweden, used to be an industrial city, but it has reinvented itself as a center of sustainability. California-based photographer Sarah Newman plans to spend four months in Malmö researching and photographing how clean tech has been integrated into the city. At the end of the four-month visit, she will lecture about her findings with an exhibition. Newman received a grant from the Swedish Institute for flights and initial costs, and she hopes to raise the remaining money — for materials, printing and studio costs — through her Kickstarter page.

Renewable energy is all throughout Malmö — wind turbines are within the city and offshore (in one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms), and the city has the largest photovoltaic and solar thermal installation in Sweden. Its solar-cell installation is the largest in Scandinavia. It’s also home to the International Green Roof Institute, a pioneering research center on green roof technology that was founded in the 1980s. In the city’s Western Harbor, a former landfill was developed into new housing that runs on 100 percent renewable energy.

Newman’s photography project will examine how clean tech has become visible in Malmö in a way that is rarely seen in the United States. She was invited to Sweden by Malmö University’s College of Culture and Society. The project is up on Kickstarter until August 22.

Image copyright Adele Peters; video credit: Sarah Newman