Guest Post By: Sasha Chan
Although the second half of the 20th century saw an unprecedented buildup of suburban areas in North America, the pendulum is swinging the other way. More people are returning to the urban environment because they value the convenience and community it represents. However, as cities become more populated, the demand on resources and the amount of waste generated are greater. This means sustainability is of paramount concern to urban planners and utilities. Municipalities around the world are working to become greener spaces because this makes them more livable.
There are many ways through which a city can transform into a more sustainable smart city. Some more obvious investments can enhance quality of life and also improve sustainability, such as public transportation and bike lanes. It’s important to also be mindful of other initiatives with high impact for the environment. For example, electronic billing can save resources. Through e-billing, governments and utilities reduce the amount of paper they use. For these and other tips for making a city more eco-friendly, see the accompanying checklist.
Author Bio: Sasha Chan, Account-Based Marketing Manager, is responsible for driving demand for all verticals and products, across all customer and prospect audiences at CityBase. CityBase is a Chicago-based government technology company that transforms the way cities connect and do business with constituents. CityBase works with local governments, agencies and utilities to integrate payment functionality, business processes, and communications onto a central, cloud-based platform that consumers can access through the web, mobile, kiosk, or point-of-sale.