Sustainable NYC – naturally!

Dear EMBA fellows, friends and random blog-followers,

As I am getting ready for Leading & Enterprise in a Global City, a CEU Business School study module in New York City, I am glad to share with you my thoughts prior to the trip.

The past few days I’ve spent my spare-time planning my agenda while in NYC – all the things I want to see and do – besides the official course program. Following my interest in sustainable urban planning, this very first blog post of mine is proudly dedicated to (surprise surprise) SUSTAINABLE NYC!

You may have heard that Michael Bloomberg, New York mayor, has an ambitious plan to reduce New York’s carbon emission by 30 % in the next 25 years. Bloomberg’s grand initiatives promote a more sustainable lifestyle, which engages New York City’s inhabitants in joint efforts to transform the city more sustainable, livable and enjoyable.

                             HighLineWindow

One of the fascinating sites of green urban planning is the High Line Park (in the picture), a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line (founded in 1999 by community residents).

This 1.45-mile-long elevated rail line was in operation from 1934 to 1980. It was used for carrying meat to the meatpacking district, agricultural goods to the factories and warehouses of the industrial West Side, and mail to the Post Office.

Today, the High Line Park is a modern masterpiece of sustainable urban design, which revitalizes neighborhoods and transforms a useless/unconventional space into a recreational zone in a creative way. This is a site I want to visit!

Join Liisa’s walking tour along High Line Park and other green urban sites in NYC – more info to be posted soon!

                                          High line park

http://www.thehighline.org/

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