Green Cities Fit for Life

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Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia, with a population of over 450,000. Tallinn’s medieval architectural heritage has earned the city UNESCO World Heritage status. While its streets may be historical, Tallinn is also a major hub for the technology industry. Located on the north coast of Estonia, Tallinn is also a transport hub for sea, as well as rail and road.

Green Urban Areas Incorporating Sustainable Land Use

Despite the growth of industry and economic activity, Tallinn has managed to preserve its central green areas. The city regularly undertakes satisfaction surveys with its residents to ensure that it understands the environmental and recreational needs of its citizens.

Town Wall

Waste

Tallinn has made huge strides in its waste management, initiating a new waste segregation system back in 1999. The city now recycles over two thirds of its waste, with only 2% going to landfill.

Quality of the Acoustic Environment

Tallinn is exemplary in it approach to improving the acoustic environment. By working with residents to monitor and report noise levels, it has taken a positive step in reducing noise pollution and engaging with its citizens.