A Greener City will be a place where young people choose to make their homes and raise their families and a desirable location for companies that use quality of life as a yardstick when they decide where to set up their headquarters. –Jerry Abramson, Mayor Louisville Metro.
In general; a healthy urban city is the city that has improved its urban living environment as a whole through concrete activities such as:
- Co-operation and partnership among authorities, citizens, business life and other stakeholders aimed at developing and improving urban living conditions;
- Implementation of sustainable mobility solutions,
- Introduction and expansion of parks and recreational areas,
- A modern approach to waste management,
- Innovative solutions to noise pollution,
- An integrated approach to urban management ensuring positive long-term effects.
How Green is Your City? Is the first national ranking of 50 US cities evaluating how well cities are doing in implementing sustainable practices based on a comprehensive set of indicators, ranging from air quality to use of renewable energy. This is a must read for city officials and citizens who are interested in how cities are responding to the integrated global challenges of environmental and economic sustainability. — Prof. Susan M. Wachter, Co-director, Institute for Urban Research, and Director, Wharton Geo-spatial Initiative, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
According to the survey “What Makes a City Green?” by Paul McRandle and Sara Smiley Smith; A green City, is a city that fulfills a combination of any of the following criteria:
- Renewable energy supply;
- Extensive wetlands program;
- Green Builder program;
- Smart growth initiative;
- Committed to solar power;
- Wind power;
- Green building standards;
- Excellent public transport;
- Affordable housing;
- Clean air and water;
- Bicycle paths and lanes;
- Building local food production;
- Biomass power generation;
- Excellent public education program;
- Smoking ban; and
- Commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.
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For more information, please visit these websites:
Green Cities; http://greencities.com/what-is-a-green-city
The Green Guide; http://www.thegreenguide.com/travel-transportation/top-25-green-cities Earth talk: Green Cities; Earthhttp://www.contracostatimes.com/environment/ci_11844684