One of the keys to building a sustainable city is bringing people closer together, a local activist said.

Mike Hudema, a Greenpeace campaigner, said the city needs to take an holistic approach to its green plan.

“Instead of building out, we should be building upwards and making communities that people want to live in,” Hudema said. “(Buildings) that enhance and sustain communities, rather than separate us from each other.”

Hudema said it takes input from both scientists and the general public to ensure that building a sustainable city is done right.

“We all want to see a greener path for the future. The thirst and desire from Edmontonians is there,” he said. “It takes all of us to make a healthy community and hopefully Edmonton can start charting that path.”

The city has already started the journey and is inviting citizens to have a say and learn more through two public input sessions.

“As taxpayers, we’re ultimately the ones that are going to make this thing happen,” said Mary-Ann Thurber, from the city’s environment office.

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