What is your city doing to turn green and be ecofriendly?

Does your city do something different or more progressive than the rest of the world? Tell the story to help save the environment & better urban life

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    I live in Southern California, so water conservation is VERY important (especially during the summer months). It’s also important to try to monitor how much water you are using and when you are using it. This would be most beneficial when watering your lawn. The lawn needs the most water during the summer months, and very little during fall evenings. This can also be said for winter and spring. 

    My city also has water conservation signs throughout it, indicating the city’s goals for water conservator. The signs show our current status, and where we hope to be in a few months in terms of conservation. 

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    I just moved to Austin, TX from Cleveland, Ohio in August. Austin is doing many things to be green. Citizens are halting growth and working to shut down coal plants with the goal of replacing them with solar companies. Austin is also working to ban the use of plastic bags in all stores. There are many non-profit groups and grassroots efforts in Austin. Groups such as Chicas Verdes (a group of women in the environmental field who meet monthly to share ideas and collaborate), the Austin chapter of the Texas Green Network, TreeFolks (a non-profit that plants trees all over central Texas to replace trees lost to fires and reduce energy costs), and a newly founded non-profit group called Creative Reuse Austin (they are going to open a shop where people can donate items they don’t want and others can claim them to use).

    Austin also has many sustainability efforts at the city level (free programmable thermostats) and at the utility companies (suggestions on how to reduce your bills and conserve). Austin is in the middle of a severe drought and has issues with water as well. The city is undertaking many expensive projects to ensure water security for the future. Level 2 water restrictions were enacted this summer, which regulates how often people can water their lawns/gardens among other restrictions.

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    I live in Alhambra, CA, which is a suburb about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Recently, the City Council has expressed support to develop a city Master Bike Plan. Hopefully, in the next 5-10 years, it will be safer and more feasible to leave our cars at home and bike around town. There has been several mix-used (residential & commercial) development along the city’s major traffic corridors. One of these projects will be solar powered. These developments will bring people closer to the city center, where they can live, work and play without having to drive all the time. The residential units will be smaller in area than the typical detached home, which will reduce energy consumption. The City has launched an incentive program for resiential recycling, where residents can keep track how much they have recycled on an online program and receive gifts. Its nice to see that the City is trying to be a more sustainable an livable community. 

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    I live in Alhambra, CA, which is a suburb about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Recently, the City Council has expressed support to develop a city Master Bike Plan. Hopefully, in the next 5-10 years, it will be safer and more feasible to leave our cars at home and bike around town. There has been several mix-used (residential & commercial) development along the city’s major traffic corridors. One of these projects will be solar powered. These developments will bring people closer to the city center, where they can live, work and play without having to drive all the time. The residential units will be smaller in area than the typical detached home, which will reduce energy consumption. The City has launched an incentive program for resiential recycling, where residents can keep track how much they have recycled on an online program and receive gifts. Its nice to see that the City is trying to be a more sustainable an livable community. 

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    In Detroit, there are a variety of concerns that often take precedence to environmental issues. Yet, there is a substantial boom in the green economy and lifestyle here. The historic Eastern Market is a lively farmers market, also selling crafts and other goods and providing musical entertainment, which operates throughout the year. Other smaller farmers’ markets, like the one at Wayne State University, also service the community. Community gardening is a huge hit in Detroit, with gardens being found every few streets in some districts. Community composting and recycling services are also available. Additionally, biking is an important mode of transportation. Wayne State University is also currently in the works of incorporating environmental education into the general education requirements.

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