Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Green City in the Black Forest

I recently read about the German city of Freiburg. With a population of 200,000, it has almost as many solar panels as the UK, including the building below which has one whole side of the building covered with them.

There are over 400km of bicycle lanes; with public transport, bikes and private vehicles each getting one-third of road space. Recently the UK's Guardian newspaper ran the article "Is this the greenest city in the world?".

The Freiburg website has a detailed environment section - listing the various actions they've taken to achieve their Eco-City reputation. It seems that many cities could follow their lead. Maybe even Brisbane.

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