There are more ways than ever to go green in our homes, but how about the towns and cities that we live in? In this final edition of the Eco-Friendly Trend Report, we will go over urban, home, and technology trends that are working together to make green living a part of everyone’s lives.
One of the biggest challenges we face is making our cities greener. Urbanization and the subsequent lack of space make it difficult to accommodate both rising populations and sustainable measures. To solve this, projects have sprung up in recent years to convert city buildings into “green buildings”, where greenery, soil, and flora planted into the structure. Aside from the visual impact, these structures would provide a number of eco-friendly opportunities.
The plant life on the walls traps matter and harmful gases in the air, mitigating pollution and improving quality. The plants also provide insulation for buildings and help cut down on power and energy use. Skyscrapers, notorious for consuming large amount of energy, are also being transformed into “eco towers” with advanced rainwater collection systems, solar farms, and wind turbines that aim to produce as much energy as the skyscrapers consume. Green is literally on the rise in cities, with San Francisco recently becoming the first U.S. city to require certain new buildings to be built with a green roof. As more and more cities adopt green architecture, it would revolutionize the future of cities as we know it.
While a lot of work still has to be done to innovate green buildings, the rise of community gardens in cities will certainly work alongside these efforts. Community gardens have been around for hundreds of years, but have become a hot trend in big cities. In addition to the experience of getting to grow and eat your own food with your community, these gardens have valuable eco-friendly benefits: they allow water to infiltrate into the ground and thus limit runoff; they save carbon-producing car trips to the market to buy vegetables; and they cool cities by shading surfaces like pavements and rooftops that tend to collect heat.