What a surprise – we’re again looking at Scandinavia! This post focuses on Malmö, the home of almost 300,000 Swedes in the southern province of Skane, Sweden.
Oh, Malmö, let me count the ways that you are green:
- Between 2008 and 2012, you are cutting your CO2 emissions by 25% (!), essentially giving the Kyoto Protocol the finger as you obscenely surpass the Protocol’s meager 5% goal
- You lead the way in green electricity practices
- You consist of eco-friendly neighborhoods that contain hundreds of smart energy homes!
- Western Harbour runs on 100% renewable energy (solar, wind, hydropower, and biofuels from organic waste)
- Your buildings are energy-efficient and were built with sustainable, recyclable materials
- Your streets encourage walking and cycling instead of driving – and it works: about 35% of the population travels by bike
- The restoration of Sege Park will power the neighborhood with solar (photovoltaics*), wind, and biofuels power
- Malmö, you renovate shipyards and industrial areas, transforming them into green residential communities
- Your district known as Augustenborg uses green roofing that reduces runoff and insulates buildings
- Augustenborg has the first-ever emissions-free electric steel trains (swank!)
- Another one for Augustenborg: more than a dozen recycling houses process 70% of collected waste
Malmö, oh, Malmö – your vibrant dedication, your grass-stained fingers, your cool, clean breath, your practical ingenuity – you are so wonderful I would give up certain sweets for you.
Oh, Malmö, with your canals, beaches, parks, and your harbor you remind me of the aesthetics of the Middle Ages and the distant future in spirit.
My love, oh, Malmö, is yours.
And I’m not the only one raving about this city: check out this BBC article on Sweden’s eco-awesomeness.
* What the hell are photovoltaics? I’m glad you asked. Why, they’re a solar energy technology. Photovoltaics cells transform solar light directly into electricity. Learn more here.