An ideal city may sound nice, but it would be almost impossible to make it perfectly ‘green’. When we think of a city that it ideal- for us and the environment, a more techy landscape is what we have in mind. Machines in our homes that automatically seperate your trash from recycling, transport systems in every house to eliminate cars and solar panels for power. At first glance all these machines appear to be helping us help the environment, but are they really? With all the electricty need, solar panels won’t be enough and we will have to resort to nuclear powerplants or other harmful energy plants to compensate. So, even with all the ideal environment friendly technology you may envision, there are consequences. That is why in my ideal city I would not change how it looks or how it is but rather I would target the people. The only way that a city can be eco friendly is if the people inhabiting it can agree to work towards greener solutions. If we place recycling bins everywhere (much like some european countries) it wouldn’t effect the city if the people don’t utilize them. If we build a solar pannel plant, would the people invest money in the building project? If a greener form of public transportation was built, would people give up there cars and only use the better transport system? It all comes down to how motivated people are as a community. Some ways I could motivate people could start off as just an ad campaign. I could institute recycling bins first, host public events with games and food to raise awareness (public events with many people also helps reduce the electricity used to cook food- plus its great fun to hang with the people in your community) and I would even push to build bike lanes on the streets for those that are willing to really go the extra mile. Even though some additions are needed, many of those things have already begun in some communities. But it truly is your job to do your part in helping out the environment, your community, and the whole world.
See here the recycling habits of countries: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4620041.stm
See how riding bikes may help: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2007/nov/04/global-warming-riding-bikes-would-help-many-ways/