Cities Creating Sustainability

"Greening our Cities"
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Joanie McCorry

The shift is happening. Thousands of urban areas around the world are thriving to lessen their environmental impacts by reducing waste, expanding recycling, lowering emissions, increasing housing density while expanding open space, and encouraging the development of sustainable local businesses.

Architect, Jamie Lerner in 1972 became mayor, In Brazil.  His dream and passion was to create a city that had no cars in their downtown core.  Jamie quickly closed six blocks of the city’s central business district to cars, creating a flourishing business community and conversation among residents. Today the pedestrian-free zone is three times larger and serves as the heart of the bustling metropolis.

Everyone has the green fever!  In 2005, Portland, Oregon became the first U.S. city to meet carbon dioxide reduction goals set forth in the landmark (if ill-fated) Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement forged to mitigate the threat of global warming.
Seattle, Washington also committed to meeting Kyoto’s goals and has persuaded 590 other U.S. cities to do the same under the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
And, Vancouver manages growth while reducing its ecological footprint through its Eco-Density Plan. Smart transportation planning has resulted in a 44 percent increase in walking, a 180 percent increase in bike trips, and a 20 percent increase in transit use. 
Here is the list of the Green Cities
~San Francisco is a leader in green building, energy efficiency and   alternative energy
~ Austin, Texas is fast becoming a world leader in solar equipment production
~ New York City—with its densely packed housing, reliance on mass transit and walking, and recent green policy
~Rekyjavik, Iceland~ where hydrogen-powered buses ply the streets and renewable energy sources—geothermal and hydropower—provides the city’s heat and electricity.

We should pat ourselves on our backs for making each step towards a greener tomorrow. People are improving the environment; we have a lifetime journey to live with an attitude of gratitude. We are just renting our planet and we will be leaving it behind for the generations to follow. Let’s keep our world tidy and happy.

References:
http://www.wisegeek.com
http://science.time.com

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