EcoGDL Archive

Everything You Need to Know about the MiBici Public Bicycle Rental System

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mibici bicycles parked at a stationNot so long ago we reviewed Guadajalara’s ratings as a green city according to a study from 2010 and provided updates on some of the improvements it had made since then. You may recall that we mentioned that at some point in 2008, Guadalajara counted a free, public bicycle-lending system called Pedalea Guadalajara (Pedal Guadalajara) among its local transportation options. It was apparently complete with bike stations at various locations throughout the city (especially around the center) but it had since disappeared, for what reason we know not. Well, as we also mentioned back then, as of last year Guadalajara once again offers a public bicycle-sharing system, although this time it’s not free. Named MiBici (MyBike), much more has gone into it than ever went into Pedalea Guadalajara and it promises to stick around for some time. Indeed, you may have already noticed installations all over the city or people using the red, silver, and black bicycles. If you’re curious as to how the system works, you’re in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about it to describe it to someone else or use it yourself.

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How Guadalajara, Mexico, Placed in the EIU’s Latin American Green City Index of 2010, with Updates

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Grass in the StreetIn 2010, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), sponsored by Siemens, put out a study entitled the Latin American Green City Index in which the environmental performance of 17 select cities in the region were analyzed. As an interesting aside, some 81% of the Latin American population lived in cities as of the publication of the study. The EIU assessment was spread across 8 categories: Energy and CO2, Land Use and Buildings, Transport, Waste, Water, Sanitation, Air Quality, and Environmental Governance. Quantitative and qualitative measures were used to rank each city, and Guadalajara (along with Lima, Peru) ended up at the bottom of the stack with an overall result of “well below average”. While that certainly doesn’t reflect well on the city, generally speaking, one must first realize there’s a problem before one can fix it. Another way to look at it is that there is a lot of room for improvement and opportunities to get involved for those who care to. Additionally, if you’re considering moving to Guadalajara, you’ll of course want to know what you might be getting into, and this study, its results, and any updates we provide here, can help with that.

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Feria de Productores Ecotianguis This Weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Taken from Feria de Productores Facebook event page.

Another weekend is upon us and with it comes what promises to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable eco-expo hosted by the Feria de Productores (Fair of Producers). This green organization here in Guadalajara aims to provide organic and artesanal foodstuffs utilizing fair and just business practices. With that mission in mind, it is putting on another rather large expo with many local producers in attendance this Sunday, April 19th, from 10am-5pm. Among the items available for purchase will be organic, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits, aretesanal ice cream, prepared foods, personal care products, things for your pet, and much more. If locally-sourced and organic goods are your thing, or if you want to support environmentally-responsible vendors, be sure to visit this eco-expo at the Tepeyac Casino residential development in Zapopan for the low cost of $15 MXN per adult/$10 MXN per child. There will be music, workshops, art, and childrens’ activities for the whole family’s entertainment. We’ll see you there!

Ecomercado at Plaza las Ramblas in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 12th, 2014

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veggiesLooking for something to do this weekend? Well, here’s a heads-up that ECO-impacta, a green organization here in Guadalajara, is hosting an ecomercado this coming Sunday, October 12th, at Plaza las Ramblas on Avenida Chapultepec. Among the available items will be pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. If locally-sourced and organic goods are your thing, or if you want to support environmentally-responsible vendors, be sure to visit the ecomercado anytime between 10am and 3pm!

Ecotiendas: Finding Healthy Organic and Locally-Sourced Foodstuffs in Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_3963The organic and/or locally sourced movement is still getting off the ground in Mexico, in general. Not to say that folks weren’t already producing organic products or sourcing products locally in Mexico before, but simply that the organization of businesses and resources around these ends and the emphasis on the importance of these aspects of consumption are still works-in-progress.

The focus on where things come from, how they are grown, and the means by which they get to market is increasing but is not hyper-strong throughout the entire country yet. There’s plenty of room for growth. You’ll most likely have the easiest time finding wholesome and healthy organic and locally-sourced goods in el DF (Mexico City, Distrito Federal), be they offered by specialty stores, restaurants or other businesses. However, more and more, various shops are popping up here in Guadalajara.

To be honest, we can’t say that we’re overly impressed with the choices or the pricing or the variety. But, availability is improving poco a poco as they say (little by little). In this article we’ll review a few specialty store options and pass on our recommendations. In later articles we’ll address things like organic-market meetups and restaurants.

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Recycling in Guadalajara, Mexico

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earth-158805If you’re used to recycling in your home country and you see it as one of your responsible civic human duties on behalf of the environment and us all, then you’re in for a bit of a rude awakening here in Mexico. Don’t expect to throw your plastics and such in a blue bin and leave it on the curb for the city to pick up and deal with accordingly unless maybe you live in a particular area of Mexico City, (el DF). And let’s not even get started with composting. In Guadalajara, recycling takes a bit more effort, kind of like the old days. Your author still has fond memories of digging through condominium complex dumpsters collecting aluminum beer and soda cans as a kid with his buddy Josh. The two of us would haul black trash bags as full as we were big to the town’s garbage transfer station where we would turn in our treasure for cold hard cash. It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything of the kind. In our last home city, we here at discoverGDL had become accustomed to putting our recyclables in designated bins and leaving them out for the city to deal with. And back there the list of recyclables was ever-growing. Here in Guadalajara, we take our recyclables to one place that covers the full gamut of material and is here in the city proper, and we carry the recyclables there ourselves.

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