Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities
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  • Food
  • Energy (hydroelectric)
  • Transportation
  • In Gonaco sustainable diets are encouraged through sin taxes and through local subsidies. Citizens are taxed heavily on meats like cow and pork but the government provides subsides to local, family owned charter boats and provides tax breaks to those who purchase locally. Chain style grocery stores are also taxed heavily by local governments to encourage local stores and farmers markets.
  • Water
  • Gonaco is committed, as a city, to producing enough green energy to be self sustainable. The rocky beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, as shown above are not very useful for recreational activities but do provide the perfect location for hydroelectric turbines which are specially designed to spin 2 directions for incoming waves and outgoing tide. Solar Panels Can also be utilized, as the usually cloudless days provide the perfect environment for solar energy absorption.
  • Nature
  • In Gonaco public transportation if very accessible for everyone. Public hydroelectric busses and light rails are funded with tax money and in order for citizens to use them they must purchase a transport pass for a one time upfront fee of 25 dollars. The city also has a heavy tax on cars, gasoline and had higher property taxes for houses with garages. The city features large sidewalks, bike lanes, and many motor free zones.
  • Waste
  • Gonaco draws its fresh water from numerous community wells. Water is provided for free up to a limit (subject to change with seasons) but once a household crosses that limit heavy fees are administered. Gardens and flower beds are watered through fun off and rain barrels are installed on every building.
  • Gonaco's City Limits are very small and the city is densely populated making protecting wildlife challenging. However, select protected environmental sites such as the estuary pictured above, are left undisturbed, and their natural beauty serves as part of the allure that draws tourists to Gonaco. Scientists, funded by the city government, monitor the growth and decay of local populations of critical indicator species to ensure the continued health of these ecosystems.
  • Many substances are compostable and are disposed of separately. They are then processed and sold as alternatives to traditional fertilizers with government subsidies attached to make them economically competitive. Other items are classified as recyclable and once disposed of, are used to make new products which also have government subsidies attached to them, making them affordable. Trash is incinerated. Hazardous waste is put into weighted containers and stored at the bottom of the M. Sea.
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