Sustainable Cities and what that means

According to the United Nations Development Program, being a “Sustainable City” means “investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and urban planning and management..”


It is also known as “Urban Sustainability,” which can be defined as a city “organised without excessive reliance on the surrounding countryside and be able to power itself with renewable sources of energy. The aim of this is to create the smallest possible ecological footprint and to produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible, to efficiently use land, compost used materials, recycle it or convert waste-to-energy, and to make the city’s overall contribution to climate change minimal.”


Arcadis looked at three demands of “People, Planet, and Profit” to develop a ranking of 100 of the “world’s leading cities.” Here are the top 10 of 2016:


  1. Zurich
  2. Singapore
  3. Stockholm
  4. Vienna
  5. London
  6. Frankfurt
  7. Seoul
  8. Hamburg
  9. Prague
  10. Munich


On the website you can download their full report on the cities, or click one of the sub-index’s for more information on how the “social, environmental and economic sustainability (to) offer an indicative picture of the health and wealth of cities for the present and the future.”


Written by: Teddi Shapiro, class of 2019

Photo thanks to Pixabay

4 Replies to “Sustainable Cities and what that means”

  1. Friends, trams are being used in London. The electric train is small, but can it run in Pakistan? We are still trying to make the London donkey the Prime Minister. We just have to change ourselves.

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