Increasing concerns about climate change has forced many a country to rethink its current environmental practices. A lot of countries around the world are indeed coming forward to promote urban sustainability via several inspirational green initiatives that would meet global demands without harming the environment in any way. Given in this list are some of these really cool initiatives that could spell out the difference the world is seeking to follow.
Green Building, Chicago
Chicago is gaining prominence as one of the foremost destinations with LEED certified buildings (over 295 projects till date). In addition to housing the Chicago Center for Green Technology, the city also operates a Green Permit program that offers reduced fees and tariff for green projects.
Denver is the brainchild behind the concepts of xeriscaping and toxeriscaping. While the former allows individuals to landscape with lesser amounts of water, the latter deals with helping the city’s residents remodel their yards using easy to follow plans and live demonstrations by the water board.
Solar Powered Energy, California
The sunshine state is considered to be one of the top states in the U.S. that harness the massive potential of the solar energy for their needs. The Long Beach Convention Center on Long Beach is the biggest of its kind in the West Coast and generates over 1 million kilowatts of electricity sans any pollution.
Organic Valley, Wisconsin
Considered to be the biggest organic farm in all of North America, the Organic Valley in La Farge stretches for over 45000 square feet. The entire barn was built from recycled materials while the construction waste was also recycled afterwards. Using the sun’s natural light and heat, the farm produces healthy and sustainable food products to be sold in local markets. In addition to this, the Organic Valley also hosts the Kickapoo County Fair that allows visitors to take part in heritage exhibitions and sustainability workshops.
Alternative Transportation, Portland
For long now, Portland has been working on promoting its alternative transportation program in order to encourage the city’s residents to opt for fuel free modes of transportation, including bicycles. The city has already created dedicated bike paths for those who wish to cycle to work or shop, and is in the process of creating new routes as well.
Moving onto corporate green initiatives, here are a few sustainable initiatives adopted by renowned corporate companies around the world.
Clever Little Bag by Puma
After testing nearly 40 different shoebox prototypes, Puma finally came up with the Clever Little Bag. This shoebox bag is portable, durable and sustainable. It can be reused several times as well. The company claims that the Clever Little Bag would help save over 8500 tons of paper, 1 million liters of water and 1 million liters of oil on a yearly basis.
Plan A by Marks and Spencer
In 2007, Marks and Spencer announced a Plan A that would help the company become the most sustainable retailer in the entire world. The company followed up on its sustainable initiative by instructing all of its associated offices, warehouses, stores and delivery systems to become carbon neutral. As part of this initiative, the company also created a sustainable suit made from organic wool and an inner lining made out of recycled plastic bottles.
Cascades Picnic Cooler
A lot of us would opt for Styrofoam filled ice boxes to take along with us on picnics. The Cascades ThermaFresh Picnic Cooler aims to prevent that by creating a picnic cooler made out of 70% recycled cardboard. Complete with an inner waterproof coating to make it weatherproof, Cascades is also reusable and does not take up too much space. With this innovative initiative, your outdoor picnics would be less toxic for sure.
Countries around the world have started taking initiatives to adopt a greener lifestyle. From entire buildings that are eco-friendly to gadgets that have very low emission levels, these are some of the most inspirational sustainability initiatives ever.