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A NEW CREATION OF AN URBAN CITY – 2030: a look into the future

It was the powerful people’s movement, people like me who are committed to bringing forth a sustainable environment and a socially just human presence on this planet, along with the Millenials who acted to create change.

Our beloved city is located along the coast and we expect sea levels to rise and experience protracted water shortages due to diminishing rainfall and shrinking snow packs on the local mountains. That is why today in 2030 a revolution for an evolutionary change transpired. Through effective urban planning and climate capitalism policies our City de-carbonized by 50%. We went from coal-fired power stations to cleaner-burning natural gas and other renewable electricity sources. These changes helped bring new jobs to the community, now 40% of our workers are employed in the clean energy and renewable resource sectors, verses 25% in the fossil fuel industry.

Today 50% of the office and residential buildings occupy a living roof, soaking up carbon and reducing the heat-island effect. Our City offered rebates to support conversion to solar and wind energy technologies; so all buildings are energy efficient and have been de-carbonized by 75%. We discovered an entire home could run efficiently and affordably on only 2 PV panels cutting the spatial footprint by 80% and increasing energy capacity by 300 megawatts per roof. We also spent over a million carbon tax dollars to restore wetland ecosystems, as a defense mechanism, in case of flooding and natural disasters.

Santa Topanga uses a mix of EV and other clean-energy vehicles.  Our transportation system will soon include the driver-less car system http://www.masdar.ae/en/masdar-city/live-work-play.   Ridesplitting is a popular On-Demand development in transportation and uses algorithm and a Smartphone app, to route passengers heading in the same direction, into a carpool in real time.

City officials found a way to accommodate the increase in population, by expanding our 50 miles of protected bike lanes by 75%, and making them accessible to all households. Companies and colleges encourage their employees and students through financial incentives to rideshare, bike, walk and use the light rail or metro lines. We have seen a 60% decrease in traffic and breathe cleaner air as a result.

In addition to our Zero Waste plan, we’ve adopted the People Planet Profit framework. When Federal government failed to act on immigration policy, Santa Topanga issued drivers license and ID cards to our undocumented workers who make our City thrive with their contribution to our landscaping and farming.

The majority of our citizens are buying from local food sources, creating community gardens and using hydroponic technology; with a new generation of full spectrum LED grow lighting.

A call to action to conserve and enhance our local resources is revealed in our No landfill policy, and everything is recycled including organics. ReGreen Technologies http://www.regreentechnologies.com helped us accomplished this mission. Its mechanical waste systems technology converts 1000 pounds of ALL organics refuse into pellets and liquid concentrates in less than 1 hour. The liquid becomes a biofuel commodity and the dry pellets are used for fertilizer and animal feed. This innovative machine was the answer to the City’s dilemma of what to do with the 200 tons of food and yard waste going to landfill every year. Organics waste is now a valuable resource.

Although technology advances are necessary, I believe the easiest and simplest solution in averting an ecological crisis continues to be in the people’s conscious awareness. We can live lighter on the planet by following the lead of Earth herself, who is self-regulating and sustainable.

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