There are cities and leaders in the US that are taking bold steps to change public perception of green principles, and I wanted to share their words and vision with you. I’ve included a new section on my right sidebar for some informative, watershed videos. I use the word watershed because future generations will respect these leaders for their foresight, they will be heros. Are you one of these leaders? If you’re a CEO, can you count yourself among the lonely ranks of eco-warriors like Ray Anderson, Jeff Immelt, and Lee Scott? If you’re a mayor, can you count yourself among the growing ranks of eco-leaders like Gavin Newsom, Tom Potter, Mufi Hannemann, Greg Nickels, and Will Wynn? If you’re not a mayor or CEO, are you an eco-leader in the world that you live in?
There’s a video on the right with Tom Friedman speaking. You’ll know him from the bestselling book, The World is Flat. He makes some critical points, but one of the most important points is that the chase for sustainability will create money-making, business opportunities for innovation in the 21st century: opportunities that the US is currently abdicating to China. Do we want to shift our middle east energy dependence by becoming dependent on China for renewable energy technologies?
So SustainLane released its yearly Top 50 US Cities, which is a report card on urban sustainability. I was surprised to find Dallas at #24; one thing that holds us back is our addiction to cars–I don’t see how that will change without 10-30 years of persistent city planning + changing, considering how the city is currently laid out. That’s okay, however, the rankings are there to get us to study other cities and make positive changes. You can read about each city at SustainLane. I encourage you to watch the video on #1 Portland (urban transportation and LEED building superstar) and #2 San Francisco (recycling superstar).