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City Spending: What Eco Advancements are Worth the Cost

Modern urban development focuses heavily on the integration of smart and efficient infrastructure into dense city settings. There is more of a focus on going green and saving money this way than ever before. Eco friendly upgrades to municipal infrastructure could yield significant profits in the near future. Here are some ways cities are integrating these ideas and lowering the cost of living where they can.

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Solar Energy

Modern cities often take advantage of solar power by installing panels onto municipal light posts that illuminate roads and sidewalks. The light fixtures can then be programmed to turn on automatically between dawn and dusk with the stored solar power. Additionally, solar cells can be integrated into trash receptacles that come with built in compactors. Such urban improvements can save millions of dollars on electricity for a city’s budget. State and federal governments might also provide major tax breaks to cities that use alternative energy in public places.

Recycling Policies
Cities can now set an example when it comes to recycling materials such as paper and plastic. For example, free newspapers might be published on 100 percent recycled paper and cardboard. Similarly, office supplies in municipal departments could be made of recycled plastic. Even public spaces might contain structures from scrap metal, processed wood, and mulch which have been used previously. Cities need to build and maintain their own recycling facilities to sustain plenty of local manufacturing and other large scale operations.

Water Efficiency
All public restrooms that are managed by a city should now have efficient installations of toilets and sinks. Modern toilet tanks are designed to save several gallons of water per each flush compared to traditional ones. Similarly, faucets with sensors can spray a minimum quantity of water when users place their hands out. Even fire hydrants can be upgraded with energy efficient technology. For example, built in leak detectors in hydrants and Canada gate valves, and can immediately notify the local fire department to respond. According to Terminal City Iron Works Ltd, such simple technology could save thousands of gallons of water that often go to waste in urban streets with deteriorating plumbing infrastructure.

Green Roofs
One popular trend in modern eco-city design and development is to grow vegetation on rooftops. The top of skyscrapers could have plants, trees, and shrubs growing to partially minimize the heat island effect that’s common in heavily populated urban areas. Additionally, air pollution is also minimized with the integration of green roofs into high rising buildings. All municipal buildings could adopt the practice of green roofing and try to encourage other businesses to follow by offering tax incentives, and other perks that make sense financially.

Cities should invest heavily in alternative energy sources. Environmentally friendly development can minimize traditional urban problems like wasteful utility use and pollution.

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