Day of Arrival

On the day of arrival the Delegation started off with a 3 hour bike tour of Copenhagen. This tour focused on sustainability and diversity throughout 2 areas of the city, detailed below.

Sustainable Neighborhoods Cycling Tour Stops:

● Dronning Louises Bro: the lakes and biking

● Blågårdsplads + blågårdsgade: intro Nørrebro

● Folkets hus / People’s house + Kirkens korshær (homelessness)

● Assistens Cemetery

● Jægersborggade

● Nørrebro “heart”: intro Red square

● The black square: Superkilen

● Residence streets (Aldersrogade): Intro Østerbro

● Skt Kjelds Square

● Østergro: Urban farming and climate neighborhood

● Tåsinge Plads

● Fælledparken

● Mærsk tower (Cross the flying bridge along the Mærsk tower to


● Byoasen / the old people’s city

What we learned.

Goal Setting

Denmark has a focus on the UNSDG’s and a national goal of

70% reduction in greenhouse gas emission by 2030. There has also been

great interest in the development of shared living communities in Denmark,

and many of the projects have sustainability and Net Zero as goals for their

construction and way of life. The certification is based on Deposit Guaranty

National Bank (DGNB) which is inspired by similar projects in Germany.

Changing focus on sustainability and lifestyle assessment in Denmark

building regulation.

Pollution and Efficiency

Copenhagen for example, has made tremendous strides with regards to

mobility and pollution efforts. By far their biggest focus is on energy use, as

it makes up about 80% of their carbon neutral plan to cut down on their

consumption. Copenhagen uses one of the world’s largest and most

successful district heating systems that works by using a network of pipes

to capture leftover heat from electricity production, then delivers the heat to

homes across the city. 99% of all households in Copenhagen are links are

very efficient district heating system. They have also introduced the district

cooling where they take the cold out of the water and the harbor and

distribute cold in the pipes beside the district heating pipes to help reduce

temperature in buildings, server rooms, and factories. So far, they have

reduced electricity use for cooling down buildings 70%.

Makeeba McCreary and Margaret Gatonye

Cycling in Denmark

Copenhagen is internationally known as one of the best bike cities in the

world. Working toward Denmark’s goal to become carbon neutral, the

capital city’s infrastructure has become bike-friendly in recent years to help

enhance urban health and livability. Cycling became more popular across

Danish cities throughout the latter half of the 20th century when the shocks

of the global oil crisis in the 1970s hit the industrial city hard. Since then,

cities across the country, Copenhagen in particular, continue to allocate

municipal investments in cycling-friendly infrastructure. The City’s

investments have contributed to a noticeable increase in commuters

cycling to school and work, particularly in the last decade. Cycling in

Copenhagen is not only a significant part of daily life for residents, but it

has also become a major tourist attraction as the city exemplifies the

possibilities of urban life that is less reliant on motorized transit. As

Copenhagen continues to move towards carbon-neutrality, cycling will only

become a more significant piece of the city’s identity.