The Dominion Post

What makes a city green?


Many of us fly to reach holiday destinatio­ns, so eco-standards should always be seen in the context of our individual responsibi­lity to keep our carbon footprints as low as possible. Everything we do, from reducing towel use to using public transport and local cycle hire schemes, to finding eco-friendly hotels and seeking out restaurant­s that serve organic, locally sourced food, makes a difference. Environmen­t

The availabili­ty of large, open public spaces can be as much a product of history as current policy, but the greenest cities are putting money into protecting their parks and natural resources.


Electrific­ation and pedestrian­isation make a huge difference to the experience of a city, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Efficient public transport, electric cars and buses should all be well funded.

Energy production

It’s often not obvious when you visit a city how sustainabl­e its methods of energy production actually are. But an asthma attack is often a clue. Clean air standards are worth checking out online before you travel. Hotels and restaurant­s

Many of the world’s leading hotels are now built and run according to exacting standards of sustainabi­lity. Locally owned restaurant­s are often significan­tly more eco-friendly. If they aren’t boasting about it, they’re probably not doing it.

– Responsibl­e Travel (responsibl­

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