|What makes a city green?|
All Photos: Jennifer Lenhart, The Urban Observer
Quickly becoming my favorite sustainability blog, Lenhart's The Urban Observer is a first hand account of "the everyday life and surprises of living an urban existence". She's a PhD candidate at Wagensingen University examining urban climate policies. Having lived all over the world (8 countries to be exact and over 25 cities), her blog is a reflection of her visits with incredible attention to the details making cities all over function so well. Just to name a few, she's captured the essence of Sevilla (Spain), Doha (Qatar),
Bonn and Berlin (both Germany), Paris (France), Geneva (Switzerland), and most recently, Seattle!
|Icelandic urban gathering|
|Yoga in Jardin Du Luxemburg, Paris|
|Separated bridges and paths for cyclists or pedestrians make cycling a cinch in Geneva!|
Besides noting the unique quirks and practical sustainability solutions each of these urban areas hold, Lenhart shares findings as an avid bicycle enthusiast and urban agriculturist. Throughout her posts, you'll find her voice telling you that being a thriving, sustainable city is highly dependent on arts, culture, and community connection. Yes, being green is more than being a relentless recycler!
|Jennifer, moving carbon free via bike!|
Without further adieu, please enjoy the post below. In one of Ms. Lenhart's more rare entries, she does not share her own thoughts. Opting instead to feature a TED talk about a man with a vision, inspired by European cities. He's not an urban planner, he's a regular guy set to make his city the best place it can be. Not unlike herself, actually. Enjoy:
Taking over Texas, starting with Oak Cliff: one bike lane at a time
Author: Jennifer Lenhart
[Post originally posted on The Urban Observer on February 18, 2013]
Jennifer Lenhart is a Seattle native, but lives in Amsterdam since 2010 as a PhD candidate at Wageningen University examining urban climate policies. In 2005 she worked as an education assistant for Sustainable Seattle’s ‘Sustainability workshops’; before moving to Budapest, Hungary for a master in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (www.mespom.eu). After the master, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya with UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative; next to Malmö, Sweden to work for its Enviornment Department. After the PhD, she hopes to return to the United States and put these lessons to action. In the meantime she enjoys Amsterdam’s bicycle paths, its farmer’s markets and urban agricultural initiatives – always with a camera close at hand.