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10 sustainability trends for the next decade


While we can’t be certain of the environmental events that will transpire over the next decade, we can be sure that 2010 through 2020 will one day be regarded as either 1. the turning point for addressing climate change by using effective urban management strategies, or 2. that time we collectively fumbled the big blue ball. Here are the ten sustainability trends we will likely see in the next decade.

1. Bike culture 2.0. Bicycles are quickly becoming a potent alternative method of transportation worldwide. Look out for businesses (both corporate and commercial) introducing indoor bicycle parking and bicycle parking garages.

5. The implementation of carbon taxes. Carbon taxes have been proposed for oil, natural gas and coal by many as a way to adjust former so-called market “externalities,” or impacts beyond classically defined air pollution, which now includes greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. A handful of nations have some form of carbon tax, mostly in Scandinavia. On the sub-national level, British Columbia and the San Francisco Bay Area recently proposed some form of the tax. Costs for carbon taxes can be passed on to consumers directly, or they could be levied on industry, which would likely cause manufacturing and operating costs to be wholly or partially passed onto consumers.

Show your Mother (Earth) some respect.

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  • barbchamberlain

    Not to sound flip or sarcastic, but ALL cities have the necessary infrastructure for cycling. They’re called streets.

    The end-of-trip facilities mentioned here would just give cyclists what drivers already can count on: a safe place to keep their means of transportation while they work, shop or go to school.

    If everyone learns to leave each other some buffer zone for safety, the more people we can get on bikes the fewer cars there will be between you and your destination.

    Cycling improves air quality and the health of the cyclists (who thus become cheaper to insure, use fewer sick days, and generally are less stressed-out and more productive employees). Cycling reduces traffic congestion, competition for limited parking, and our reliance on foreign oil.

    I don’t like calling it "bike culture" if that implies that we’re some exclusive breed apart. Bike commuting is open to anyone. Regain the joy you felt as a kid when you first learned to ride a bike and it meant freedom, and you’ll see why we do feel special when we ride.

    Chair, Bike to Work Spokane