Gallery: 8 Overarching Urban Systems That Make a City Sustainable


8: Green governance and economy

What do sustainability and governance have to do with one another? Changing the unsustainable practices of government employees, its investment and purchasing practices, and the ways in which it delivers services to the public has a huge impact on the sustainability of a city. A green city starts with green government.

As you can see, a city has to change pretty much everything about itself, from the way its employees get to work to the way it disposes of waste to become sustainable. It’s not an easy undertaking, but one that more and more cities around the world are taking on because just like living organisms, if they don’t start taking care of themselves now, they are liable to face a difficult and dubious future.

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