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Extreme green building: Masdar City on the way to being world's first carbon neutral city

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While green building and environmentally consciousness slowly catches on across the U.S., Masdar City (in the United Arab Emirates) is leading the way in sustainability by becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city.

Located outside the city of Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is six square kilometers and it’s  part-habitation, part-science experiment. Construction of the project started in 2006. When finished, the city will rely 100 percent on solar energy while providing space for 45,000 to 50,000 citizens and 1,500 businesses. So far, buildings have been strategically erected around perimeter of the city to block hot desert winds while solar panels have been built to create a canopy that shades parts of the city.

To get around, citizens will rely on electric vehicle and mass transit railways. The city will utilize a solar-powered desalination plan for water management. Biological waste will be used as fertilizer or incinerated while plastic and metal materials will go through recycling streams.

Domestically, while we’re thinking about simpler ways to live green by using energy efficient appliances and building materials, a city on the other side of the globe plans to limit its carbon footprint to zero.

Now, that’s inspirational.