Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Project Type

Poster

Description

Across the globe, people are increasingly feeling the effects of climate change. With fluctuating temperatures, severe weather, and increased droughts and floods, it is time for global leaders to finally take firm action to alleviate these incoming problemsespecially in urban areas where the effects will be the most extreme. One of the global leaders in climate change mitigation is Copenhagen, Denmark. Because Copenhagen is a coastal city, it is especially vulnerable to these climatic changes, and is innovating urban planning to adapt to the severe weather that is likely to come. By improving energy efficiency, water use, and transportation, the city plans on becoming carbon neutral by 2025 (Denmark.dk). The city approaches sustainable development by emphasizing the importance of public-private partnerships and works with universities, companies, and organizations in dedicated forums to develop and implement green growth (European Commission) efficiently and unimposingly. Copenhagen will be faced with many challenges resulting from climate change--changes that are similar to most other coastal cities. The city is located on the coast of Zealand and as such will face rising sea levels, increased precipitation and more frequent storms (Revell 2014). However, it stands out among its other coastal cities counterparts because of its plans to redesign the city and render it more flexible in the face of climate change. The sustainable development techniques used in Copenhagen should be expanded to surrounding areas and used as inspiration for the development of other cities. The citys technologies and ideas have the potential to increase the sustainability of cities all over the world.

Faculty Sponsor

Russ Cole

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Environmental Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

587

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Copenhagen: a Case Study of one of the Most Sustainable Cities in the World

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Across the globe, people are increasingly feeling the effects of climate change. With fluctuating temperatures, severe weather, and increased droughts and floods, it is time for global leaders to finally take firm action to alleviate these incoming problemsespecially in urban areas where the effects will be the most extreme. One of the global leaders in climate change mitigation is Copenhagen, Denmark. Because Copenhagen is a coastal city, it is especially vulnerable to these climatic changes, and is innovating urban planning to adapt to the severe weather that is likely to come. By improving energy efficiency, water use, and transportation, the city plans on becoming carbon neutral by 2025 (Denmark.dk). The city approaches sustainable development by emphasizing the importance of public-private partnerships and works with universities, companies, and organizations in dedicated forums to develop and implement green growth (European Commission) efficiently and unimposingly. Copenhagen will be faced with many challenges resulting from climate change--changes that are similar to most other coastal cities. The city is located on the coast of Zealand and as such will face rising sea levels, increased precipitation and more frequent storms (Revell 2014). However, it stands out among its other coastal cities counterparts because of its plans to redesign the city and render it more flexible in the face of climate change. The sustainable development techniques used in Copenhagen should be expanded to surrounding areas and used as inspiration for the development of other cities. The citys technologies and ideas have the potential to increase the sustainability of cities all over the world.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/386