An initiative in Burkina Faso is tying together eco protection with women's empowerment. The group fashions skirts and handbags from used plastic bags. The proceeds go towards improving the lives of the seamstresses.
Many cities are coming to the realization that creating a smart and sustainable city means ultimately attaining a high level of economic efficiency, a high quality of life, a highly desirable place in which to live and do business, and a meaningful commitment to environmental responsibility.
But what really makes for a green or sustainable city? And how can sometimes highly diverse urban areas attain it?
LEED buildings and even LEED neighborhoods are surely a good thing, but they are not a sufficient thing to declare a municipality sustainable. This is an overview of the essential elements (there are many more, but these are the most basic):
Committing to greenBuilding greenBuying greenPowering greenConserving nearby (and creating internal) green landscapesProtecting green: both water quality and water quantityLocating green: creating a compact, walkable, interconnected, mixed-use communityMoving green: diversifying transportation and increasing accessibility(Not) wasting green: getting to zero on the production of waste
Read the complete article for more on the green elements listed above...
A Dutch company named Rotterdam WHIM Architectur offers to transform a huge slab of plastic into a Hawaii-sized island made entirely out of plastic waste. This project for a plastic island in the Pacific, entitled Recycled Island, says it will clean up the oceans, create a new land, and construct a sustainable habitat. This provocative garbage island project, however shocking it may seem does draw attention to the massive problems caused by plastic waste.
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