Readers of the Sweden.se blogs might already be familiar with the city of Lund, through Kate Wiseman’s Expat blog. Now the district of Lund has been proclaimed Sweden’s greenest in a ranking made every year by the environment magazine Miljöaktuellt.
Lund has distinguished itself for example by restoring large areas of wetland and serving a high share of organic food in their schools and other public kitchens. One person works part time with training and helping the kitchen staffs to make sustainable food and keep waste at a low level.
The city’s traffic policy also gave them a star in the ranking, since it is aiming to make it easier for people who want to use public transports, cycle or walk instead of taking the car. When new buildings are constructed, the environmental and climate consequences for example heating and transports are always calculated.
Lund has had varying political majorities ruling the city district since the mid 1980:s, but it seems that irrespective of the majority, environmental issues has always been pretty high up on the agenda. That makes it much easier for the civil servants working with these issues, says Karin Loodberg, who is head of the strategic environment department in Lund, to Miljöaktuellt.