The greening of urban development is finally receiving increased attention. This is long overdue, as the globe’s burgeoning urban population is using ever more resources and energy, which intensifies environmental pressures. If the demands on the biosphere’s resources are not to exceed the limits of sustainability, major changes are needed in the design and growth of cities. Urban industrialization, transport, and energy use, and urban lifestyles more broadly, will need to change markedly and rapidly. The sustainable city of the future must be green. This publication captures the stories of five cities that have successfully begun to deal with green growth challenges.
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