NEW YORK—The mayor of the Danish city of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, will talk at a panel discussion about greening cities in New York City in early January.
Copenhagen is often thought of as a green city, with many of its residents riding bicycles every day, and an efficient waste incineration program.
“In Copenhagen, one bag of garbage provides 3.5 hours of electricity and 4 hours of heating for a household,” writes Jensen in a post online. Both New York City and Copenhagen are members of the C40, a network of environmentally engaged cities around the world.
“Half of the city’s district heating – supply for 98 percent of the households -- is provided by incinerating waste. There is no reason Copenhagen’s waste solution – like many other climate-related solutions – should not be copied in other cities,” Jensen writes.
Furthermore, being aware of rising sea levels, heavier rainfall, and warmer weather, the city is preparing both short and long term for the changing environment. Plans listed on the city’s website include preserving the existing park system, planting more trees, installing green roofs and gardens, and expanding the capacity of the sewers to deal with heavier and more rain.
The discussion in New York will be held at the Center for Architecture, the headquarters for the New York City chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY).
Jensen will, according to the center’s description of the event, share “how Copenhagen’s green aspirations and holistic approach to urban development have spurred economic growth and created a livable city with one of the world’s highest quality of life.”
More specifically, the discussion will also touch on how Copenhagen has developed then implemented sustainable solutions such as the ones listed above, and through so creating jobs and business opportunities.
Jill Lerner, president of AIANY, will give an introduction to the event. Other speakers are Marianna Lubanski, cleantech director for Copenhagen Capacity; Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner with the Bjarke Ingels Group; and David Dyssegaard Kallick, senior fellow with the Fiscal Policy Institute. Rick Bell, executive director of the AIANY, will moderate.
The Jan. 9 event is free for AIA members and $10 for non-members. Sign up here.