The British Government announced they will build four ecotowns by 2016 to address their housing shortage and model environmentally-sustainable living.
The ecotowns will feature:
- Electric car charging stations.
- Public transit and everyday services within a 10 minute walk from all homes.
- At least one job per household accessible by foot, bike, or public transit.
- Less than 50% of all urban trips made by car.
- Ample green space – parks, playgrounds and gardens.
- Houses that emit 70% less carbon for heating, hot water and lighting than houses built with current building regulations .
- Shops, restaurants, and schools that emit zero carbon.
- Homes with smart meters that use solar and wind power.
- The ability for residents to sell surplus energy back to the grid.
Many residents are campaigning to block the government’s plans, arguing that the ecotowns will damage countryside and wildlife.
You can check out the Guardian’s story about the project here.