Reduce Private Transportation and Invest in Public Transit

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A recent article published by Scientific America discovered that if cities where to invest towards public transportation and other alternatives it could greatly reduce the amount of carbon emissions produced by urban passenger transport. In Toronto an estimated 2,838,506  tonnes of Green House Gases (GHG) are produced by passenger vehicles. The article goes in depth and analyses both the investment and savings this will create towards cities. More importantly, the article examines the massive growth of cities and the car is linked to inequality.

I highly recommend you read the article to learn more information on urban sustainability.

Read More: Cars will cook the plant absent shift to public transportation 

Photo by: Stefan Georgi

 

 

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The need for Urban Forestry

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There is a need for urban ecology in our Cities. A recent publication from TD Bank states that urban foresty in Toronto is valued at $7 Billion. Now, I do believe the monetary value is used in most cases for it to be relatable for the general public. I think most would not understand the impacts of congestion, urban vegetation, or the July flood if there was not a monetary figure connected to it. The break down of this cost includes weather flow, carbon sequestering, and air quality. This does show how vital urban forestry is. Some of the damage from the July Flood in 2013 could of been mitigated if there was more urban forest. Hopefully, the City and other cities will begin to add more additional greenscpace in their planning since of the numerous benefits they provide.
From the publications it states:
Bottom line Urban forests are made up of the trees, shrubs and plants that grow in our yards and parks and that line our streets. Torontonians recognize that their urban forest represents an important investment in the city’s environmental condition,
human health and societal well-being.
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Anti-idling by-law in Mississauga

The City of Mississauga is currently is currently thinking of enforcing an anti-idling by-law to help reduce vehicles that idle, especailly those in drive-throughs. The Mayor, Hazel McCallion stated that it was contrary to have an anti-idling by-law in effects, yet still have drive-throughs in the City.

http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/heres-one-way-kill-drive-throughs-enforce-idling-ban.html

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