Businesses large and small must work with city government to help make cities more sustainable in order to accommodate population growth, withstand extreme weather, and fortify aging infrastructure, according to an article from Politico.
In a discussion with mayors, policy, and funding experts, one of the topics that came up again and again is that mayors can see greater success in terms of making their cities more sustainable when they work directly with the business communities. After all, said the participants, businesses, with their large commercial buildings, are the biggest energy users in cities.
But in order to get buy-in from big business, city government must be able to show the potential savings that could be gained from working with the city on improvements.
Businesses working hand in hand with cities for sustainable economic growth is not a new idea, but is one that may be gaining momentum. Last year, an article in GreenBiz pinpointed a number of features that stand out for cities that are seeking sustainable growth with the help of local businesses. These include:
–Intermingling residential, commercial and cultural spaces, to make everything more accessible by foot or bike;
–Encouraging public transit use by focusing development of amenities near transit stations or on transit lines.
–Making it easier for walking and biking as modes of transportation by mixed-use development and locating amenities in close proximity of each other.
–Small blocks creating a dense urban grid, which leads to shorter and safer routes for pedestrians and bikers.