Chinese city puts sustainable community ISO standard to the test

“Inclusive Cities, Shared Development” is the 2016 theme of World Cities Day celebrated on 31 October. Many ISO standards contribute to improving quality of life in cities, including ISO 37101 which offers a management system for sustainable development in communities.

The city of Hangzhou in China is one of the first to test the new ISO 37101. Hangzhou, which has a population of over nine million people, is the capital of Zhejiang Province, known for its natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage. Ms Shao Xinhua, Director General of the Hangzhou Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision, tells what they have learned from this experience.

Sustainable development is an important goal for the city of Hangzhou. They decided to use ISO 37101 to manage and improve sustainability and become more innovative and open. Their objective was to increase economic development, improve quality, reduce our environmental impact and advance social governance and public services. Ultimately, they hoped for a positive transformation of the urban environment that would make their citizens happier to live there.

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