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The German city of Freiburg is known for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. [1] Freiburg is also known as an "eco-city". The newly built neighbourhoods of Vauban and Rieselfeld were developed and built according to the idea of sustainability. The citizens of Freiburg are known in Germany for their love of cycling and recycling. [2]

Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Cycling activism[edit]

Frelo, bike rental system

Critical Mass Freiburg

Food activism[edit]

At the centre of the old city is the Münsterplatz or Cathedral Square, Freiburg's largest square. A farmers market is held here every day except Sundays. [3]

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

Freiburg has an extensive pedestrian zone in the city center where no automobiles are allowed. Freiburg also has an excellent public transport system, operated by the city-owned VAG Freiburg. This is anchored by the Freiburg tramway network, together with feeder buses. [4]

See also: wikipedia:Vauban, Freiburg#Transport

Urban sustainability[edit]

In June 1995, the Freiburg city council adopted a resolution that it would permit construction only of "low-energy buildings" on municipal land, and all new buildings must comply with certain "low energy" specifications. Low-energy housing uses solar power passively as well as actively. In addition to solar panels and collectors on the roof, providing electricity and hot water, many passive features use the sun’s energy to regulate the temperature of the rooms. [5]

In 2010, Freiburg was voted as The Academy of Urbanism's European City of the Year in recognition of the exemplary sustainable urbanism it has implemented over the past several decades. [6]

See also: wikipedia:Vauban, Freiburg

News and comment[edit]


Aug 20 In Freiburg 79 percent of trips taken as a pedestrian, by bike, or by public transport. [7]


Freiburg, Germany: is this the greenest city in the world? March 23 [8]



Urban Agriculture Freiburg

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Freiburg im Breisgau

Greenlivingpedia:Freiburg, article includes a Copyright notice

External links[edit]


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