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5 Reasons Copenhagen Is EU Green Capital

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/29/2013 2:50:55 PM
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Re: Is this a case of greenwashing?
Yes, the article and the EU Green Capital criteria are perhaps a case of comparing apples to oranges, @Rich. Still, it's worth noting that greenwashing goes on and we who don't live in a specific city should probably be on guard against it.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
12/28/2013 12:34:55 PM
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substance or style
I like the style of this initiative but will it catch on the older parts of town. I am always wary of testbed developments because like poundbury in the UK, these great experiments end up as curiosities and become exclusive neighboouhoods whereas the areas in need of attention get abandoned because they are not as marketable. Will this new community really effect the rest of Copenhagen?? I am not sure. It may benefit the wider globe as a text bed but I just think these green cities, green districts, green experiments can detract from the real relevan issues that care not being addressed such as retro fitting older neighborhoods, addressing urban poverty throuhg green tech, etc.

richheap
richheap  
12/27/2013 4:28:30 AM
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Re: Is this a case of greenwashing?
The thing that most struck me about that piece is that the author didn't really deal with a lot of the points that Green Capitals are judged on.

stotheco
stotheco  
12/27/2013 1:17:35 AM
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Re: Is this a case of greenwashing?
As they say, there are two sides to every story, and I suppose this is the other side. I would be interested in an official response to this of some sort.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/24/2013 9:59:11 AM
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Re: Is this a case of greenwashing?
Indeed, @Rich, nothing is uniform in any city -- including quality of air, water, traffic, etc. There are always glitches -- and there is always more to be done to improve things.

richheap
richheap  
12/24/2013 2:06:47 AM
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Re: Is this a case of greenwashing?
Indeed. Nowhere is perfect and we do need to keep holding cities like Copenhagen up to scrutiny. With our stories this year about delays on the city's Metro project due to noise pollution, and the continued risk that large vehicles pose to cyclists, then I hope we haven't fallen for the line that "everything's peachy".

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/23/2013 6:00:18 PM
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Re: Is this a case of greenwashing?
Good points. Still, I think that it's easy to read about the great things going on in one city or another and get taken in a bit. This kind of column brings it all back to earth a bit more. Good reminder not to get too hyped up.

richheap
richheap  
12/23/2013 4:56:29 PM
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Re: Is this a case of greenwashing?
Well Mary, my initial reaction is to think that those are problems, but they aren't exactly unique to Copenhagen. They are problems for most cities. But the good things the city is doing aren't being matched in many other places. The title is European Green Capital, not European Perfect City. My question for the author would be who should get the title instead.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/23/2013 4:17:26 PM
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Is this a case of greenwashing?
Oddly, I just happened to see this column deriding the choice of Copenhagen for recognition as clean and green. Indeed, this guy says it's a mess and deserves to be embarrassed.

Thoughts, anyone?

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
12/23/2013 3:50:40 PM
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Re: Serious green cred
That's such an interesting point, Nicole.

It's not like I haven't heard the bickering in Washington over climate change. But the fact that the Danes are all on the same page explains in part why they're so far out ahead. 

The lack of political consensus in the US seems to feed the view of many in the business community that climate related regulations blunt the country's competitive edge without good cause. 

I'm sure 50 / 100 years down the road, it will all seem absurdly short-sighted. 

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