Green Cities, Healthy Communities

From TransForm:

Since 1990, downtown Vancouver has grown its population by over 75%, yet 25% less cars enter downtown on a daily basis. The City now has the lowest carbon emissions in North America! What lessons can San Jose learn?

Join Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, the Deputy City Manager for the City of Vancouver, Canada and co-author of The Guide to Greening Cities (Island Press), for a conversation about Vancouver and other cities’ efforts to change how they build and operate their cities to make them greener and healthier places to live.

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