Cities fit into so many different aspects of sustainability: they are huge absolute consumers of energy, but people dwelling in them live low energy lifestyles compared to their suburban counterparts. Cities use a large amount of water and often have aging and outdated infrastructure to deal with it. The density of cities allows rich transportation systems to develop, but cities that are heavily car-dependent suffer from a variety of environmental issues, including air pollution. There are so many more ways cities connect to other sustainability topics, from how they structure their water systems to how they plan for and mitigate climate change.

Interested in learning even more? So are we - we want to see the work ESW chapters and members are doing with their cities and communities. Use the hashtag #ESWcities on Facebook or Twitter to post old or new photos, stories, and articles of city transportation (like your bike or bus), green spaces (like urban gardens, farmer’s markets, and green roofs), and anything you think represents cities and sustainability.

Green Metropolis by David Owen
Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser