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Energy Factor: Five Trends in Creating Energy-Efficient Cities


The Scales of our global population have officially tilted toward higher population in cities than anywhere else. This will undoubtedly affect the way we generate and consume energy, and will have a major impact on the innovation of new energy technologies. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Energy Factor: Five Trends in Creating Energy-Efficient Cities

Energy Factor Five Trends in Creating
Energy-Efficient Cities
The scales of our global population have
officially tilted towards higher populations in
cities than anywhere else. Today, more than 54
percent of our worlds population lives in urban
areas. The United Nations predicts that this
trend will continue, estimating that 65 percent
of the world will live in cities by 2050. Below
are the top 5 future energy trends we can expect
to see in the globes most cosmopolitan areas
over the coming years.
Creating People-Focused Living zones
Not only are more people trying to curb their
vehicle usage and reduce their carbon footprint,
but also an increase in city populations is
pushing people to the top of the list in terms of
urban planning. In the New England area, cities
like Boston are implementing LEED neighborhood
designs that focus more on making more space for
inhabitants and less for vehicles.
Improving Transportation
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A change in the way we get around the streets of
worlds busiest cities is a trend that is highly
intertwined with new energy technology. While
ride sharing and bike sharing will continue to
expand in popularity, public transportation
systems are also upgrading the way they are
powered .
Adding More Green to City Landscapes
While we may have had a hunch before science
proved it, data shows that our mental performance
increases and our emotional balance is stabilized
thanks to increased time spent in nature. One
future trend we will be sure to see within our
cities is the increasing incorporation of nature
Minimizing Energy Consumption
As governments tighten their grip on greenhouse
gas emissions, both private and public buildings
will attempt to shave their carbon emissions
through the use of renewable energy and the
upgrading of electricity inefficiencies. Small
changes have made a big impact in major cities
like Chicago.
Improving Indoor Experiences
A study on indoor environmental impacts by
Harvard found that buildings with optimal thermal
conditions and enhanced ventilation allowed
participants to score more than 25 percent higher
on cognitive functioning than those operating in
less than ideal indoor environments.
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