Scattered throughout Can a City Be Sustainable? are a set of City View profiles highlighting the sustainability efforts of diverse cities worldwide. All are inspiring and contain measures that could be adopted or adapted for use in other cities seeking a sustainable path. Freiburg, Germany, for example, has taken a wide range of steps to reduce its footprint, while providing a high quality of life to residents. And the city of Jerusalem in Israel has made considerable effort to maintain its green space and to protect biological diversity within city limits.
But in a world that requires huge reductions in carbon emissions, waste, and materials use, and equally large increases in renewable energy use and in material and energy efficiency, are cities doing enough?
“No city can be content with current achievements, no matter how impressive. The successes … are launching points for a new round of efforts.”
Shanghai, China | Haibing Ma
Freiburg, Germany | Simone Ariane Pflaum
Melbourne, Australia | Robert Doyle
Vancouver, Canada | Gregor Robertson
Singapore | Geoffrey Davison and Ang Wei Ping
Ahmedabad and Pune, India | Kartikeya Sarabhai, Madhavi Joshi, and Sanskriti Menon
Barcelona, Spain | Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, and Pablo Knobel Guelar
Portland, Oregon, United States | Brian Holland and Juan Wei
Jerusalem, Israel | Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, and Pablo Knobel Guelar
Durban, South Africa | Debra Roberts and Sean O’Donoghue