With their rapid and continuous development and innovation, cities account for the biggest share of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions. This greatly impacts the environment as well as urban living. Who isn’t familiar with the devastation left behind by typhoons such as Ondoy and Yolanda in some parts of Metro Manila? The challenge for cities is to pursue modernization without sacrificing the environment. Here are cities in Metro Manila which have the best green practices, making them an ideal place to live in.
1. MAKATI CITY
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Known to be one of the most advanced cities in Metro Manila, Makati City has come up with several sustainable projects and initiatives to rise as one of cities with best green practices. Other efforts to go green through the years include: declaring 8:00 to 9:00 in the evening everyday to be “Earth Hour”, encouraging residents to switch to Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) via their Palit-Ilaw Program in 2007, and endorsing eco-friendly vehicles including e-jeepneys and hybrid buses.
There are also lots of pocket gardens and public spaces that encourage people to spend more time outdoors and socialize with people. There are five parks including Salcedo Park, Legaspi Park, and Ayala Triangle that has been a favorite hang-out for families, yuppies, and friends. The city is also home to Zuellig Building, one of the first developments in the country to receive the highest level of certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. It was awarded the platinum level under LEED-CS (Core and Shell) program. Moreover, it features 11 other LEED-registered projects including Alphaland Makati Place, The Grand Midori Makati, and 6780 Ayala Avenue JAKA Building.
2. PASIG CITY
Cited as one of the most livable cities in the world, Pasig City recently bagged three awards at the 2013 LivCom Awards held in Xiamen, China. The city received gold in its Category E, Criteria Award for Strategic Planning, and Bursary Award for Environmental Security for Pre-Schools.
3. TAGUIG CITY
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This is evident in the green public spaces, lush trees peppering strategic places, and pedestrian-friendly roads. BGC takes pride in having a proper waste management system, effective flood control programs, and centralized utility networks. Taguig City also boasts several green buildings nestled within its thriving community.