Here are three criteria I feel are critical to the judgement.
I will split them into three posts to avoid congestion.
Waste Management and a Circular Economy
The human economy is linear. We take, we make, and we throw. It is a ridiculously wasteful and polluting process and very unsuitable, given the fact that ours is a planet with finite resources. A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems(More Info).
The transition to a circular economy will definitely be a gargantuan task for sure, but not impossible.
The component that we can most easily adopt right now is that of sustainable waste management. Cities generate huge amounts of rubbish every day, and how we deal with it is a crucial judging factor in my opinion. The following points can be used for evaluation:
- Does the city have a garbage separation system in place? (For example, In Germany, there i an elaborate colour coded system for throwing and in situ sorting of garbage that really helps to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible)
- What recycling practices are in place?(For example, In the Germany, there is an industry funded system for recovering and recycling packaging materials. This is an excellent example of community awareness and a good recycling framework)
- Eliminating the toxic practice of landfilling. Cities must try to avoid using landfills for waste disposal. Existing landfills must be secured appropriately or more preferably, used in waste to energy plants.
- E-Waste Handling: In today's digital age, these criteria will be of paramount importance as we are generating more e waste than ever before. If not properly handled, it can cause leaching of harmful contaminants into the environment. Dedicated E-Waste recycling and disposal centres should be set up.
I would be happy to receive feedback and suggestion on this.
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