10 Green Ways to Improve Our Cities

We’ve been writing a lot recently about how cities can transform themselves by going greener, from rooftop gardens, to buildings made of shipping containers, or even making entire floating cities. (Learn more at our new innovation hub.)

At the recent Aspen Environment Forum, Rohit Aggarwala said most major world cities have plans to address climate change and lighten their environmental footprint. Aggarwala, the special advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with C40 Cities, works with civic leaders around the world to solve environmental problems at the local level.

Aggarwala pointed out that many of the services that have a direct impact on the environment are handled locally, such as building codes, zoning, waste removal, street planning, and so on. He added that mayors usually don’t have to contend with agriculture or other dominant industries.

This infographic made for an education website shows some of the ways cities are going green, so we thought we’d take a look:

Top 10 Ways to Make Cities Greener
Source: Best Sociology Programs


Brian Clark Howard is an Environment Writer and Editor at National Geographic News. He previously served as an editor for TheDailyGreen.com and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for TheAtlantic.com, FastCompany.com, PopularMechanics.com, Yahoo!, MSN, Miller-McCune and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVACGreen Lighting and Build Your Own Small Wind Power

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