Certain cities are devoted, through creative ideas, to lead a fortunate trend towards urban sustainability.
Which cities head sustainable creativity? /
While the carbon emissions have yet to establish themselves as an issue of political responsibility and national security, some of the most commendable initiatives which confront this problem have begun to gestate from smaller spheres, like cities.
Through the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Foundation has gathered forty cities called the C40 Climate Leadership Group, all of which are committed to reducing the amount of pollution and pollutants in the world. On the other hand, they just unveiled the first prize celebrating cities which have leading roles in the sphere of sustainability, with the participation of 129 cities belonging to the Green City Index, organised by the Siemens Company.
The complexity of national government systems, political interests and an elaborate bureaucracy, have encouraged cities to set themselves apart and to establish themselves as glint of hope centered on climate change decline. Micro and medium scale initiatives converge in this program, through sustainable approaches that match their dwellers’ urban reality and everyday habits.
The award winners were:
- Tokyo, Japan: It was awarded for their implementation of the Green Building Program, a rating which evaluates the sustainability of buildings in the city. From its beginning in 2002, over 1,300 buildings have qualified due to standards that prioritise environmental cares.
- Bogota, Colombia: stood out due to its famous cicloruta network, one of the smartest and most efficient cycling paths in the world. It spreads over 240 km, and their inspiring system has been replicated in other parts of the world.
- Melbourne, Australia: awarded for one of their most emblematic and innovative municipal buildings called the Council House 2, which saves huge amounts of energy, cleans polluted air and purifies its own water.
- Seoul, North Korea: in this city they have one car-free day a week. The latter represents a 10% reduction in carbon emissions.
- New York, USA: this city applies a multisectorial program that aims to reduce CO2 emissions by a 30% by 2017.
- Copenhagen, Denmark: this city stood out for a program that aims to transform the city into a CO2 neutral space, meaning cleaning the same amount of pollutants that the atmosphere emits, if the city is able to accomplish this feat, it’ll be the first one of its kind in the world.
- Mexico City, Mexico: Over the past 20 years, this city has drastically reduced its CO2 emissions following a long term program, which includes actions like restricting cars.
- Munich, Germany: by the year 2025 this city will exclusively use renewable energy.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: a home improvement and sustainability infrastructure plan seeks to rebuild this city’s favelas.
- San Francisco, USA: a zero waste program has been implemented over the past eleven years; to this day it has been able to recycle up to 80% of the city’s trash.