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10 Things That Make a Great Green City

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10 Things That Make a Great Green City

By Jennifer Hattam, TreeHugger

Plentiful Parks

Park are the “lungs of the city,” architect Frederic Law Olmsted famously said about New York’s Central Park. From the 500-year-old Giardino della Guastalla in Milan to downtown Houston’s new Discovery Green, parks provide both a place for harried city residents to take a deep breath, relax, and connect with nature, and a cooling counter to the heat-island effect created by all that asphalt. (Not to mention a buffer against flooding.) Green space has even been shown to improve urbanites’ physical and mental health.

Discovery Green Park in Texas. Photo by erion.shehaj via Flickr.

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8:51AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:49AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

thanks

6:47AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

thanks

1:15AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

thanks for sharing.

12:35PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

thanks =)

12:33PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Love it! Currently work in a LEED certified Silver building and we're looking to up to gold status this year!!

11:12AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Thank you for the article, very good stuff.

8:05PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

all are great Ideas and I know more about the eltric side of things:
Here is just a few ideas:
1) Get rid of the mercury containing CFL and fluorescent tubes for these.
Home/office -http://www.earthled.com/evolux-led-light-bulb.html
for downlights and spots indoor and out http://www.earthled.com/earthpar-led-par-lighting.html
for halgons-http://www.earthled.com/direct-led-lighting-replacement.html
for large and small fluorescent tubes-http://www.earthled.com/flseries.html
That's right big builds with 100's of florescent tubes could save a bunch with these and help the environment and the E grid . But wait there is more:

City town and business:

http://www.ledstreetlights.net/ledstreet/

Now a city that passed laws that mandated the use of the LED replacement for the florescent tubes and changed the street lights/traffic lights/walk lights and had solar and the other nine things would be the greatest.

NOTE: Not an affiliate to these sites just putting these out there so people know about them.

10:54PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

thanks.

5:44PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

definatly have to agree with the public transit! Love Euro ublic transit systems the best by far!

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