Monday, April 07, 2008

Let's start building more sustainable cities

by ROY MACMULLIN
ENERGY MATTERS

"Many of you perceive that the world, as we have known it, is changing and not necessarily for the better. The price of commodities such as oil, uranium, wheat, corn among others are rising rapidly, salaries are not keeping pace and we suspect that the economic system is a "ponzi" or pyramid scheme that requires constant growth. Given a world with limited resources and 6.6 billion people, a considerable adjustment will eventually happen. The question is when, and that time is not of our choosing.

The different levels of government each have a responsibility area. The municipality is the closest to the average citizen and can play an important role in building a sustainable society. Consider the city of Freiburg, Germany, where cycling is part of the culture, where subdivisions are being designed on a sustainable basis, where building codes mandate a low level of energy use in the design stage. Active and passive solar is part of the heating systems."

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