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To stay relevant, conservationists embrace cities

To stay relevant, conservationists embrace cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Environmentalists have not always embraced cities as sustainable enclaves.

It’s easy to see why. An idyllic natural setting isn’t exactly the first thing you think of when you walk through a city. And to build modern day Manhattan, for example, a forest was essentially clear-cut.

But environmentalists are beginning to warm to the idea of the city. The notion that many people can live more efficiently on a relatively small tract of land is appealing. But even if environmentalists are hesitant to declare cities as bastions of sustainability, our world is rapidly urbanizing with or without their support...

So to stay relevant to the realities of most people in the world, the Nature Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, is shifting from looking just at preserving large swaths of open space — the idyllic forms of nature — to also focusing more on natural habitats in cities.

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Visualizing Sustainable Urbanization

Visualizing Sustainable Urbanization | green streets | Scoop.it

In a Sustainable City, the use of renewable resources is emphazised, resource consumption is minimized and resources are managed in a way that maximizes recovery and reuse.
New system solutions provide scope for synergies between sewage, waste and energy production and enable coordination with efficient land use, landscape planning and transport systems. This is illustrated by the eco-cycle model which is essential for a definitive shift from linear to circular resource flows.

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Emily Bian's curator insight, May 22, 2015 9:27 AM

Sustainability is the survival of the environment to be able to sustain future generations. Environmental sustainability is a critical issue due to mass consumption, pollution, climate change, and things like deforestation and desertification. 

People are using more renewable resources and trying to cut down on mass consumption. 

This is a good diagram and article to read for APHUG students for them to learn about sustainability and how that affects the people living on this earth. 

Anna Sasaki's curator insight, May 27, 2015 3:08 AM

Sustainability derives from the utilization of renewable resources. There are new and improved methods of the disposal of waste and more eco-friendly ways of transportation and landscape planning. This model insinuates the different ingredients needed to create a sustainable city.

This ties into master planned cities, since the cities have to take into account these fundamental rules of sustainability, as well as the small details which could potentially have grand repercussions.

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Grow Local and Eat Local, City Council Says

Grow Local and Eat Local, City Council Says | green streets | Scoop.it
The Council on Thursday passed a series of bills that would make it easier to build greenhouses and locate unused city land for gardens, as well as encouraging city facilities to use local food.
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Could cities rely 100% on urban agriculture for their food?

Could cities rely 100% on urban agriculture for their food? | green streets | Scoop.it
A recent study finds that cities could use vacant lots, rooftops, and backyards for urban agriculture to become self-reliant in basic food needs.
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Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light | green streets | Scoop.it

False start for Cleantech Corridor and Green District in Los Angeles...

The Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) continues to face roadblocks in creating a Cleantech Corridor and Green District, a 2,000-acre development zone on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles conceived as a manufacturing base for sustainable industries.

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