Creating Sustainable Urban Communities

Urbanization, although a boon in many ways, brings unprecedented challenges for cities and communities such as immense wage gaps, poverty, and economic instability. As the urban population continues to rise, a major number of people are moving to urban areas seeking better livelihoods. Needless to say, communities need to focus on urban sustainability in order to balance out these detriments and disparities. Here is how you can create sustainable urban communities.

The current urban population will double in size by 2050, and almost 70 out of 100 people in the world will be living in cities. This is because urban communities are huge magnets of talent, innovation, and investments, generating almost 80% of the global GDP.

Rapid urbanization, however, is resulting in worsening population control, pollution, and weakening buildings and bridges. This depicts that urban communities are struggling to achieve sustainability. It’s a no-brainer that creating communities with sustainable living choices is becoming more pressing and urgent with time.

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Here are a few telltale characteristics of sustainable urban communities and how you can create one

  1. Ensure Urban Landscaping and Green Spaces

Studies have proved that green spaces have a positive impact on your mental health. Open natural spaces are key elements for building a sustainable community. For starters, it is a great use of public resources and it enhances community landscapes. Having green spaces, parks, and biking roads will encourage people to ditch their cars and take some time out to enjoy nature. These spaces will also make your community infrastructure more vibrant and healthier. In addition to this, it also promotes a better quality of life and better air quality for residents.

  1. Provide UV charging Stations

Electronic devices, mobiles, and laptops are some of the major contributors to energy consumption. UV charging stations can resolve this issue to a considerable extent. Communities should build UV charging stations in different public areas of the community to provide people with an easy, cheap, and sustainable way to charge their devices on the go. This is a great way to reduce energy consumption and fuel exhaustion. Utilizing renewable energy resources should be on top of your list if you want to create a smart sustainable urban community.

  1. Encourage People to Ride Public Transport and Bikes

Automobiles account for almost 75% of overall CO2 emissions. To make your environment cleaner, communities should encourage you to walk and take public transport. Build plenty of biking tracks, roads, and walking pedestrians for residents to ditch their fuel-consuming vehicles and take their bikes to work. Make public transport, buses, metro, and trains accessible to all. Make public transportation stations at every corner of the city to ensure sustainable urban development. This is an impactful way to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, and decrease congestion. By doing this, you will also improve the overall health and wellness of community residents by reducing medical expenditures.

  1. Support Urban Farming

Food is the second most in-demand resource after energy. This is the reason why supporting urban farming can be extremely beneficial for your community. It will not only enhance food quality and production, but will also encourage local framing, reduce food insecurity, and minimize the harmful impacts of food transportation. You can also reduce the distance between farms and consumers and transportation costs. Communities can focus on building community gardens, rooftop farming, and community gardens. You can also encourage schools and restaurants to grow their own food.

  1. Promote Green Architecture

Another important element of sustainable cities is green architecture. These are buildings, restaurants, and houses that use energy-efficient technologies and sustainable construction materials. Green buildings and zero-waste houses also have motion-censored taps and smart lighting to ensure water and energy consumption.

Green architecture includes innovative resource usage minimizing technologies like solar panels, insulation, and natural building materials, and planting more shade trees. Community development planners should team up with green architects to ensure urban sustainability and build houses that fixate on creating less waste.

It is essential for communities to take steps and make it easier for community members to practice sustainability. To do this, communities need a voice and a platform to put their ideas forward. Strake is an app that is dedicated to creating more sustainable, safer, and healthier communities. It connects community people with each other allowing them to discuss and brainstorm ideas to make their community a better place to live. Individuals from your community can also start writing blogs and information about the community and update residents about resilient planning and urban sustainability.