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 green
- Building green
- Buying green
- Powering green
- Conserving nearby (and creating internal) green landscapes
- Protecting green: both water quality and water quantity
- Locating green: creating a compact, walkable, interconnected, mixed-use community
- Moving green: diversifying transportation and increasing accessibility
- (Not) wasting green: getting to zero on the production of waste
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