Monday, May 5, 2008

Vaxjo, Sweden: The World's Greenest City

Last month, Sweden was declared the greenest country in world. This survey, conducted by Yale, Columbia, NEWSWEEK, and LinkedByAir, considered many factors into what qualifies as "green". "Sweden: Going Green", published by The Sydney Morning Herald is an excellent article by Louise Williams that describes the hundreds of changes that Vaxjo, the greenest city in Sweden, has made and how it can be taken as a model for not only the rest of the country but also the world. One Green Goal is to entirely eliminate the country's dependence on oil by 2020. That's right, less than 12 years from now. With the U.S. ranked at #66 greenest country in the world (behind Iran, Mexico, Israel, Russia and Cuba) maybe we should be looking at the countries ranked higher as models economic sustainability instead of "sticking the course" with our current oil-dependent economy.

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4 comments:

staying green said...

Great point. For being one of the most powerful countries in the world,
the US ranks pretty low in the Green ranking. I say, swallow pride and look to others for ideas.

Anonymous said...

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