Propose YOUR criteria for judging a GRUEN

Group 21

 
Picture of Saanvi Singla
Group 21
by Saanvi Singla - Thursday, 9 April 2020, 11:51 AM
 

Hello Group 21!!

Let’s discuss our criteria for judging a GRUEN here! Click on Reply to start this discussion. Looking forward for a healthy and innovative discussion with you all.

Regards 

Saanvi Singla

Picture of Vyakhya Gupta
Re: Group 21
by Vyakhya Gupta - Friday, 10 April 2020, 5:34 PM
 

Hi. According to me, the criteria for judging green cities should include:

1. Tree density and biodiversity- Apart from the amount of vegetation found in a region, the range of species should also be considered.

2. Air Quality and noise

3. Waste management- Proper use of waste, and appropriate segregation will automatically lead to less waste generation, which is very important for a sustainable city.

4. Infrastructural planning- Better planning results in more efficient use of resources which includes public transport, road networks, sewage systems etc.

Picture of Aryan Thukral
Re: Group 21
by Aryan Thukral - Tuesday, 14 April 2020, 3:18 PM
 

Hello everyone,

According to me these are the following points on which a green city should be judged :-

[1] Sufficient green area

Greenery in our living environment benefits more than just our health and well-being. It also facilitates water management and promotes biodiversity in built-up areas, and can help reduce the effects of noise pollution.

[2]Waste management  

Proper safety measures and waste disposal methods make for a cleaner, safer world with less diseases and lower potential harm to both humans and animals. When done right, waste management can also conserve energy and reduce dangerous deforestation including cutting down less trees for paper production.

[3]Carbon footprint compliant infrastructure

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Prevent Premature Deaths. ... Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide trap heat, helping warm the globe. The surge in carbon dioxide levels due to human activity since the Industrial Revolution is now causing an overall warming of the planet that is having impacts around the globe.

[4]Energy Efficient transportation system

Safe, equitable, and energy-efficient urban transport can help achieve multiple health and sustainability goals. Shifting urban design and infrastructure investments into public transport networks that prioritize rapid bus transit or light rail over private vehicles can reduce the long-term trajectory of both air pollution and climate emissions generated by private transport – and improve health equity by providing those lacking cars with better mobility.

[5]Water management system

Better water management means a healthier environment. Agriculture can have a significant impact on the environment and on people's health. Inappropriate land and water management can deplete water sources, pollute water systems, contribute to soil infertility and erosion and destroy natural ecosystems.


Picture of Sujal Tayal
Re: Group 21
by Sujal Tayal - Monday, 4 May 2020, 1:10 AM
 

I agree with your list

Picture of Vanalika Maini
Re: Group 21
by Vanalika Maini - Sunday, 12 April 2020, 7:31 PM
 

Hello everyone! I hope you all are doing well during these difficult times.

I think that some of the criteria for judging green cities should be-

  1. Recycle Rate: Green Cities should actively reuse and recycle their waste rather than dumping it in landfills. In this way, they're not depleting resources more than they have to while also keeping the land pollution-free.
  2. Amount of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Per Capita: Cities should be using renewable resources of energy to the best of their abilities, as most of these resources are much more ethical and environment friendly.
  3. Policies : It is a must for cities to have introduced appropriate policies in favor of rejuvenating, supporting and preserving the environment.
  4. Forest Cover: According to scientific norms, about 33% of a country's land should be under forest cover. Green cities would have a good amount of their land under the cover of forests or flora.
Picture of Mehak Bhura
Re: Group 21
by Mehak Bhura - Monday, 13 April 2020, 12:55 AM
 
Hello everyone 

According to me the criteria for judging the green cities should be -

1.Greenhouse Effect - As we all know gases such as Carbon di oxide, Methane, Ozone etc. Leads to Global warming. This is the major affect on cities. So, cities must think about possible objectives in order to protect Environment. 

2. Waste Management - Awareness about waste must be spread among citizens. Segregation and proper knowledge about waste and litter will lead to less waste generation. This will therefore lead to a green city, Healthy City. 

3.  Energy Performance - Conservation of Renewable energy sources must be upgraded as this is the innovative strategy for sustainable Development. This minimizing the use of non renewable energy sources. Hence citizens should use sources judiciously. 

Picture of Mehak Bhura
Re: Group 21
by Mehak Bhura - Monday, 13 April 2020, 1:01 AM
 

What do you all think the best criterias for the judgement of a green city? 

Looking forward for creative ideas.. 

Thank you

Picture of Vanalika Maini
Re: Group 21
by Vanalika Maini - Sunday, 12 April 2020, 7:33 PM
 

Hello again!
We have started a group on Whatsapp for easier communication. Please send me your phone numbers through private message if you haven't been added yet.

Picture of Devraj Singh Vasdev
Re: Group 21
by Devraj Singh Vasdev - Monday, 13 April 2020, 12:49 AM
 

Hello everyone!

What I feel should be included in the criteria for judging green cities is-

1. Sustainable Management of Resources- There should be proper usage of resources, both exhaustible and inexhaustible so that there is less pollution that is released in harnessing these resources and there are plenty of resources for the future as well.

2. Green Economy- There should be a green economy that ensures the mitigation of environmental degradation and promotes sustainable development.

3. Alternatives for Mobility- Availability of public cycles should be there and there should be a promotion of public transport. Private vehicles should either be electric or hybrid. The use of petrol or diesel vehicles should be at the lowest level possible.  

Picture of Sujal Tayal
Re: Group 21
by Sujal Tayal - Monday, 4 May 2020, 1:06 AM
 

Hi

Please explain green economy. 

Picture of Saanvi Singla
Re: Group 21
by Saanvi Singla - Monday, 13 April 2020, 11:26 AM
 

Hello Everyone!!

After reviewing the criteria for judging a Green city followed by various awards, I feel the following pointers are crucial for judging a GRUEN.

Water Recycling: Water is essential for sustaining life, but in the world of today many regions are facing its shortage. It is the need of the hour to adopt water conservation and recycling measures. We must include this in our judgment criteria to make the Gruen self sustainable. For example, Singapore buys its water from the neighbouring country of Malaysia on a pact that is about to expire in the next 30 years. To make itself self sustainable in this aspect, the country is initiating plans such as the Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters (ABC Waters) and newWater. 

Healthcare: Good healthcare facilities are the essence of a Green Environment. We talk about sustainable practices for all resources and I feel Human Resource is one of the most important resources on the planet as it develops and utilises other resources. So, it is necessary for it to be sustained through provision of good healthcare in the physical, mental and social aspect.

Urban Mobility: From Surveys conducted, we conclude that cities account for more than 67% of the global energy consumption and 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions. One of the major reason for this is the sector of mobility and transport. It is necessary for Green Environments to devise new methods to promote healthy public transport and reduce the use of non renewable resources such as the fossil fuels. 



Picture of Saanvi Singla
Re: Group 21
by Saanvi Singla - Monday, 13 April 2020, 11:33 AM
 

Hey Group 21!

I feel that now almost the whole group has proposed their views on the judgement criteria for a GRUEN. We should now work on our group consensus. I feel it would be easier to communicate through the WhatsApp group.

Picture of Devraj Singh Vasdev
Re: Group 21
by Devraj Singh Vasdev - Monday, 13 April 2020, 5:34 PM
 

Yes, let's start our discussion on the group and make a final list of the criteria to judge a green city.

Picture of Devraj Singh Vasdev
Re: Group 21
by Devraj Singh Vasdev - Monday, 13 April 2020, 5:36 PM
 
I feel sustainable waste management should be added to the final list as no city can prosper without a proper sustainable waste management plan.
Picture of Vyakhya Gupta
Re: Group 21
by Vyakhya Gupta - Tuesday, 14 April 2020, 3:30 PM
 

I agree, waste management should be included. Also green cover (tree density/biodiversity) are crucial for judgement, because a city has to have trees to be called a sustainable green city.

Picture of Mehak Bhura
Re: Group 21
by Mehak Bhura - Tuesday, 14 April 2020, 5:32 PM
 

I agree with you. As it's a great idea for the development of the country and thus will lead to green city.. 

Picture of Aryan Thukral
Re: Group 21
by Aryan Thukral - Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 3:29 PM
 

yes i also agree to the two topics discussed above but i think there should be another point that is carbon footprint compliant infrastructure as it includes a lot of topics that need to be covered 


Picture of Vyakhya Gupta
Re: Group 21
by Vyakhya Gupta - Saturday, 18 April 2020, 8:00 PM
 

GROUP- 21 Criteria for judging a GRUEN

Criteria 1- URBAN GREEN SPACES AND BIODIVERSITY

Urban green spaces, biodiversity and range of species supporting a healthy ecosystem are a major criteria which should be used for judging a green city. It includes sustainable maintenance of green spaces, their proximity to the places people commute and live, total green cover and tree density, diversity of ecosystems and possibilities for people to be involved in development of green spaces.

Benefits:

Economic - Urban green spaces help in city branding, whereby cities or regions brand their local identity to attract companies, workers and tourists. Green cover also increases the overall economic productivity of a region. The physical environment outside shops has a direct effect on consumer behavior, the willingness to pay increases by around 10% for products in areas with trees (Wolf, 2003). 

Environmental - Ecological benefits include regulating services, noise and air pollution reduction, local climate regulation, flood mitigation and reduction of global warming. Urban environments provide scope for conservation of species in the city and improve the quality of life as well as physical and mental health of its residents.


Picture of Saanvi Singla
Re: Group 21
by Saanvi Singla - Sunday, 19 April 2020, 1:41 PM
 

Group- 21 Criteria for judging a GRUEN

Criteria 2- ENERGY PERFORMANCE AND WASTE MANAGEMENT 

The energy performance and waste management are major criteria for judging a GREEN URBAN ENVIRONMENT. Energy efficiency in the simplest sense can be defined as using less energy to perform the same tasks, thus eliminating wastage. Its benefits include:

  1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 
  2. Reducing demands for energy imports
  3. Lowering costs at household and economy-wide level 

The three in turn improve the environmental performance of the GRUEN. 

Waste management is an indicator of the energy efficiency of an environment. A proper waste management plan ensures sustaining human health, climate and also conserve energy sources. The ever growing Rs are the basis of management. They include Refuse,Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, Recover. These techniques not only reduce risks to health hazards but also act as an effective solution to environmental pollution.


Picture of Yuvakshi Gupta
Re: Group 21
by Yuvakshi Gupta - Saturday, 25 April 2020, 6:23 PM
 
I agree with your list
Picture of Vanalika Maini
Re: Group 21
by Vanalika Maini - Monday, 20 April 2020, 4:21 PM
 

GROUP- 21 Criteria for judging a GRUEN

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND CARBON FOOTPRINT- 
HOW ARE THEY HARMFUL?

Greenhouse gases are one of the primary pollutants in our environment. The rise in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint has caused the earth’s temperature to increase. It has also caused unpredictable weather patterns, ranging from severe heat waves, unusually high rainfall over short periods of time, snowfalls in places that do not usually have them and an increase in the number of hurricanes, typhoons and floods. Sea levels are rising due to the rapid melting of glaciers. Rising seas will not only erode shorelines and destroy ecosystems, but also displace the surrounding inhabitants.

These gases have also caused the growing patterns of vegetation of certain areas to change and move to increasingly cooler climates. The wildlife that depends on the surrounding vegetation will become threatened because it will be unable to keep up with the rate at which the climate is changing. For example, migratory birds would arrive at their destination to find that food sources such as plants bloomed too early or not at all. Melting Arctic ice is also destroying hunting ground for polar bears.

Our increasing carbon footprint will also affect our health. High levels of carbon dioxide will certainly decrease the quality of air, maybe even enough to be unbreathable. People with respiratory diseases will be greatly affected and those without a respiratory disease will have a higher chance of developing one. Acid rain, will destroy our crops and pollute the surrounding water bodies. Vector-borne diseases such as malaria have started increasing as the temperature increase allows mosquitoes to survive in regions previously too cool for them.

Economically, climate change will affect local economies dependent on land and natural resources the most, such as farms that fall victim to lowered crop yields. 

Hence, it is evident that a GRUEN must have a low carbon footprint, and also have methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions set in place.





Picture of Yuvakshi Gupta
Re: Group 21
by Yuvakshi Gupta - Saturday, 25 April 2020, 6:22 PM
 

Is your city capable of this list?

Picture of Devraj Singh Vasdev
Re: Group 21
by Devraj Singh Vasdev - Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 1:55 AM
 
Group- 21 Criteria for judging a GRUEN

Criteria 4- Sustainable Resource Management and Water Management

Resource Management refers to proper management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals so that the present generation can get maximum benefit from these resources, while preserving them for the future generations. It deals with the management of the way people interact with the environment. It brings together land use planning, water management, bio-diversity conservation, and the future sustainability of industries like agriculture, mining, tourism, fisheries and forestry.

Water management is the management of water resources for the coming generations and the preservation and distribution of these  water resources for the current generations as well. Water is an essential resource and its preservation requires planning and policy making. Various methods are used to preserve and reuse this precious resource, such as- 

1.Rainwater Harvesting

2.Groundwater Recharge

3.Recycling Waste Water (Example- Sewage Treatment Plans)

Sustainable resource management is essential so that we can reap great benefits at present, as well as protect these resources for the future. No city can prosper without a proper resource management plan and its proper implementation. This is the reason why this criteria is essential and should be included in judging a GRUEN.



Picture of Brant Knützen
Re: Group 21
by Brant Knützen - Thursday, 23 April 2020, 2:22 AM
 

Excellent work, Group 21!   

I like the way you worked out a common format, and used it for each of you to present one criteria.  

Well done!

Brant

Picture of Yuvakshi Gupta
Re: Group 21
by Yuvakshi Gupta - Saturday, 25 April 2020, 6:21 PM
 

I agree with this list

Picture of Sujal Tayal
Re: Group 21
by Sujal Tayal - Monday, 4 May 2020, 1:02 AM
 

Hi!

According to me following are few criteria to judge a green city are-:

1. Environmental quality - The environment directly affects health status and plays a major role in quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities. Poor air quality is linked to premature death, cancer, and long-term damage to respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

2. Human well being - Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life. Past experiences, attitudes and outlook can all impact wellbeing as can physical or emotional trauma following specific incidents.