At a conference on green buildings in Singapore, executives from the local governments of Copenhagen und Vancouver shared how going more sustainable and green has saved their cities, transforming the respective local economies to be more resilient.
Morten Kabell, Mayor of technical and environmental affairs of Copenhagen, says hard times in the city were overcome by rolling out several of sustainable initiatives such as walking and cycling paths, green buildings and renewable energy, making Copenhagen one of the most liveable cities in the world today. “Let’s bust the myth that going green is expensive; it’s the opposite – not going green is expensive,” Kabell said.
Vancouver has made similar progress, and is even aiming to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. The city already reduced per capita emissions, waste production and water consumption dramatically, and increased the number of green jobs.Eco-Business
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