We had so many good entries in our My Green City book giveaway that we felt had to delve a bit deeper and read up on all those excellent green city suggestions before deciding on the winning entry.
Considering the book is all about promoting a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and bringing nature back to our cities, we ultimately felt that there was one city that stood out from the rest: Singapore.
A city-state with over 5 million inhabitants, Singapore is highly urbanised with sadly very little primary rainforest remaining due to an increasing population and fast expansion. However, Singapore is a city of green because the government once decided that parks and public spaces needed to be included in the city planning despite how quickly it grew.
The result is a densely populated metropolis that still has numerous parks, tree lined roads and a level of pollution that even the World Health Organization is happy with.
In February this year, Singapore was deemed Asia's greenest metropolis by the Asian Green City Index*. The study examined the environmental performance across eight categories: energy and CO2, land use and buildings, transport, waste, water, sanitation, air quality and environmental governance. Singapore stood out for its ambitious environmental targets and its efficient approach to achieving them.
The city also runs a Clean & Green Singapore programme that aims to inspire Singaporeans to care and protect the living environment by adopting an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
Singapore was suggested by John Aspey who wrote:
"I think Singapore has got to be by far the cleanest city in the world, as a country they have been thoroughly educated about the importance of protecting the environment and their beautiful country, littering is totally prohibited and from a young age people are taught to appreciate 'keeping things clean'."
Congratulations John, please could you get in touch and let us know your address by emailing info[AT]shinymedia[DOT]com and we'll send the book to you!
Thank you to everyone else who entered - we will have more giveaways soon!
*Study by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).