London: Get a Glimpse of Tomorrow's Sustainable Cities in the Crystal
The Crystal is one of the most sustainable buildings in the world and also houses an exhibition about tomorrow's sustainable cities. Since it opened in 2012, it has been one of the main attractions in England's East London. The idea of the Crystal is to change and develop people's attitudes and actions in relation to sustainability, and their knowledge of the subject.
COPENHAGEN IS THE 2014 EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL
Copenhagen has won the European Commission’s prestigious European Green Capital award in recognition of the city’s efforts to combine sustainable solutions with growth and quality of life. The city’s efforts to persuade more people to cycle, to become CO2-neutral by 2025 and to act as a living laboratory for new green solutions are among the reasons for this recognition.
Spain: Seville - pioneering example of green energy storage
In December 2013 the Spanish city, Seville became the first city in Europe to install a new kind of storage system for renewable energy. This storage system makes it possible for the area to store excess energy from solar and wind sources etc. and distribute that energy to households when needed.
Small Italian Municipality Sets An Example For the World’s Cities
The Italian municipality Varese Ligure may be small. But the lessons it can teach the world are very exciting. Transformed from a degrading municipality in the 1980s to a thriving location today, Varese Ligure is now powered by renewable energy and organic food.
Mexico City's trash for food market
As modern society shifts away from landfilling trash, alternative solutions are required. Mexico City implemented a market for trading recyclable waste for food. Set up in 2012 the initiative now processes around 12 tonnes of waste on market day, which reduces waste but also helps in many other ways.
Seoul’s Voluntary No Driving Days
Seoul, South Korea has incentivized citizens to drive less. Announced in 2003, Seoul’s ‘No Driving Day’ programme is modest, even unspectacular, but nonetheless effective! Seoul has reduced its annual vehicle emission rates by 10% and the advantages don’t just stop with less pollution.
Intelligent surface treatments on the paths and roads of the future
New technological trends are focusing on roads and paths, which can generate and deploy green energy via intelligent surfaces. A network of footpaths in southern England has been given a surface treatment, which lights up like stars in the dark, and in the future we will probably be able to interact with our motorways.
The Container Movement - Bogota's Food Court
Today, 90% of all international trade occurs by sea. Huge vessels circumnavigate the globe delivering millions of containers full of the materials and resources needed to sustain our towns and cities. Approximately 17 million of these steel containers are currently in operation worldwide. But what happens to these steel structures when they are not in use at sea?
Copenhagen: Renovation has reduced energy consumption by 73% in Ryesgade
One property in the street of Ryesgade in Copenhagen provides an excellent example of how to improve functionality and sustainability and to achieve significant energy savings without compromising the building’s cultural history. The property has been energy-renovated and has also been supplemented with penthouse flats and roof terraces.
Bristol involves citizens in sustainable urban development
The city of Bristol in southwest England has an innovative approach to sustainable urban development and citizen involvement, for example via social media and interactive websites. That meant that on 14 June 2013 the city beat Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana in contention for the title of European Green Capital 2015.