How Cities Are Facing Sustainability Challenges (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] April 22, 2014 |

As many of the world’s cities continue to become heavily populated, sustainability challenges come to the forefront. With population growth there are going to be more concentrated demands for clean water, energy, waste management and transportation options. Watch Lisa P. Jackson, former administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, talk to genConnect about sustainability challenges facing urban communities: 

WATCH: City Dwellers Are More Environmentally Friendly 

New York City is one urban area setting a great example for others. “Mayor Bloomberg has really taken sustainability as what is going to be the future of the city,” said Administrator Jackson. “He understands that making a city more efficient is great.”

EPA’s Energy Star program is also an easy way for consumers to buy energy-efficient appliances at low prices. For example, they recommend installing better windows in your home as one of the many ways to help. Providing incentives to migrate toward cleaner practices also is needed, Jackson said. For example, moving from polluting heating oils to cleaner oils is also better for cities, all around. “That’s going to save lives of children on the streets in New York,” Jackson said.

WATCH: We Need ‘New Ways of Thinking’ About Water Crisis

Jackson also discussed lessons learned from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and preservation and restoration policies being put into place by the Obama administration. For example, earlier this year, President Obama signed the The RESTORE Act, which calls for 80 percent of any penalties paid by BP for the spill to go toward restoration. “Those kind of public policy changes are really important,” she said.

WATCH: 6 Words for the Planet – What Are Yours?

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Category: Charities & Causes, Giving Back, Videos

Profile photo of Lisa P. Jackson

About Lisa P. Jackson: Since being named President Obama’s cabinet member in charge of environmental protection, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has been named one of Newsweek’s “Most Important People in 2010,” featured on Time Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 [...]
View author profile.

Comments are closed.

Skip to toolbar