China is building the world’s first sustainable city, called Dongtan. Dongtan will be built on an island just north of Shanghai, and will include the following features:
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: The city will create and harvest its own clean electricity. CARBON BAN: Only zero-emissions vehicles will be allowed within city limits. 65% OPEN SPACE: Parks, waterways, and organic farms will permeate the landscape. HIGH DENSITY GREEN BUILDING: Super efficient structures will be clustered in walkable neighborhoods. WASTE REPURPOSING: 90% of all waste will be reused and/or entered into multiple loop cycles.
Dongtan aims to house 500,000 people by 2020 in a healthy, sustainable environment.