Building More Resilient Cities

Qnuli Stormwater Park, China
Qnuli Stormwater Park, China. Source: Turenscape

One of the most satisfying experiences in life is to find one solution that solves several problems at once. And that’s exactly what’s been happening in China, the United States and Scotland. Cities are turning to renewable energy and earth-friendly solutions to solve problems of economic growth, water management and financial stability:

  • **Burlington, Vermont, USA,** successfully moved to sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources, a move that was largely motivated by a need to save money.
  • China is creating “sponge cities” to ward off flooding and collect water by adding absorbent plants to rooftops and updating public park spaces to “collect, store and cleanse stormwater.”
  • **Scottish towns Kirkconnel and Kelloholm** used to be fueled by the coal mining business but suffered as demand for coal declined. Now, the towns have plans to reignite their energy-sector, but this time through renewable energy. The move will help breathe new life into the economy and revitalize the towns.

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