National Geographic's Urban Expeditions series turns its spotlight to waste reduction and the city of Austin's Zero Waste by 2040 initiative. The city has committed to reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills by more than 90 percent by 2040. The initiative, which could have major economic and environmental benefits, means the city will divert nearly all of its waste from landfilles or incinerators.
Feature writer Beth Goulart takes a deeper dive in to the steps the city of Austin is taking to achieve its goal on time. From food donations to composting, Austin businesses and residents are all doing their part to meet the city's aggressive target. Read the full article here.
The Urban Expeditions initiative explores sustainability in cities around the world. From architecture to engineering and urban agriculture, Urban Expeditions will shine the light on key sustainability issues and introduce us to change agents from a variety of disciplines doing great work around the globe.
As economic engines, cities naturally are fueling this growth: Today more than half the world’s population lives in an urban area. By 2050 that figure is expected to rise to 66 percent. Megacities—those with more than 10 million inhabitants—are also surging. There are 29 such cities; by 2030 there will be 41.
The challenge: Cities must transform and re-engineer the urban landscape to accommodate more people while conserving finite natural resources. And yet as repositories of human ingenuity, cities offer innovative case studies. Urban Expeditions explores those smart and sustainable solutions—with a special emphasis on transportation, food, and building.
Urban Expeditions is an initiative made possible by a grant from United Technologies Corporation to the National Geographic Society.