Melbourne Model Pilot
The Environmental Street Project

Context

Being a structurally old city, with minimal new architecture, As-Salt suffered from over-crowdedness and congestion of roads and buildings. Social services and developmental projects were unavailable due to the deep congestion and unreflective planning. Transport was difficult to navigate and parking was scarce. Unplanned and haphazard modern progression in an old city had put at risk the heritage architecture and style of which As-Salt has become famous.

Therefore the UN Global Compact Cities Programme was established in 2003 to seek innovative approaches, methods and resources to develop sustainable solutions for the city. The ‘Environmental Street Project’ sought cooperative efforts between governmental and civil community institutions to develop and build appropriate designs for specific areas. This was planned and accomplished under the guidance of the coalition and committee from Al-Salt Greater Municipality and Jordanian Environmental Society.

Themes

Urban Infrastructure and Community Sustainability.

Issues Project is Seeking to Address

  • Recycling to reduce deforestation and levels of waste
  • More efficient forms of water use
  • Sustainable sources of energy
  • Urban over-crowdedness and congestion

Objectives

  • To promote environmentally-friendly practices in residential areas in As-Salt area


Strategies

Identify, plan and provide best practices for sustainable urban development. To change behaviours and attitudes of the government sector, private sector and local citizens toward urban sustainability.

The municipality aimed to carry out many service and developmental projects, such as establishing a Central Market, environmental street park, and a new industrial area, all created using a comprehensive geographical information system. The Jordanian Environmental Society ensured that all projects were planned and carried out in environmentally sustainable ways.


Actions

  • Exploratory study
  • Education program and environmental instruction
  • Local project committee
  • Constructing side-walks
  • Environmental street park
  • Classifying and recycling garbage
  • Sunlight lightening units in the street and park
  • Grey water system instillations
  • rehabilitating street infrastructure


Results

This project established infrastructure and institutional environments that have the ability to manage the increasing demand of water and electricity usage due to the increase of economic and social development in the area. Partnerships had been established between the government, private sector, and the local community to create collective cooperation to advocate and educate the importance of political, social and environmental sustainability within the area.