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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Oakland’s Playbook for a Resilient Future

Plus: The Korean city designed for sustainability, and a seed repository near the North Pole

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Oakland’s Playbook for a Resilient Future

Plus: The Korean city designed for sustainability, and a seed repository near the North Pole

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

Global Seed Vault Helps Maintain Agricultural Diversity

Photo: GOOD

In a small town in northern Norway, close to the North Pole, sits the Global Seed Vault, an air-locked repository that houses millions of different seeds. As environmental degradation and human conflict continue to threaten numerous agricultural species, seed banks like the Global Seed Vault are becoming increasingly important to the maintenance of agricultural diversity. Cary Fowler, the repository’s founder, considers seed banks like his own to be “global insurance [policies]” against declining agricultural diversity. (via GOOD)

Songdo, The City Designed From Scratch To Be Sustainable

Photo: FastCo.Exist

Just outside of Seoul, South Korea, a development the size of Boston aims to become the first truly sustainable city. The development, named Songdo, emits a third of the greenhouse gases of Seoul thanks to unique innovations like a network of pneumatic pipes connected to a trash sorting facility, eliminating the need for garbage trucks. Most importantly, unlike a number of other ‘eco-cities’ to have made headlines in recent years, Songdo already has a sizable number of residents, numbering in the tens of thousands. (via FastCo.Exist)

Oakland Publishes Playbook for a Resilient Future

Photo: Next City

In early October, the city of Oakland, California, published the Resilient Oakland Playbook, a document meant to address the city’s socioeconomic and environmental needs. The playbook outlines the long-term sustainability issues facing the city and proposes myriad solutions to these issues. A result of the city’s ongoing work with the 100 Resilient Cities campaign, the Resilient Oakland Playbook considers itself a “call to action” in Oakland’s efforts to make itself healthier and more sustainable. (via Next City)

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