This Beautiful Blue Town Is Majorly Investing In Green Living

Chefchaouen, or Chaouen as it's known to locals, is a small town in Morocco that makes a lot of money from tourism, and when you see pictures of it, you can see why. The town has its own color theme: blue, blue, blue.

Chefchaouen is now making some changes in how things run by going green. Yes, their look will remain the same, but their sustainability practices will significantly change.

ENCA reports that the mayor, Mohamed Sefiani, is supporting an initiative to move the city and its 45,000 residents towards greener living, It wasn't Sefiani's unilateral decision. The town's council voted  unanimously way back in April 2010 to begin the transformation. It's been slow, but the commitment is strong.

#Chefchaouen, la ville bleue qui se veut verte #Maroc #Morocco’s #Afrique #African #Africa #nature #travel

A post shared by azize bougnine (@azizebougni) on

#photography #capture #travel #chefchaouen #beauty #bleu #morocco #night

A post shared by Nadin Bnj (@nadin_benj) on

"Chefchaouen isn't an ecological town yet, but it certainly has the will to become one," Sefiani explained. "We are in a transition phase. At a Moroccan and African level, we're among the most advanced towns in this respect."

Sefiani says that the city's public dump is "not yet up to standard." They're currently working to develop a landfill and recovery center, with a goal of finishing by 2021. 

The European Union granted Chefchaouen about 900,000 euros for their work, along with 11 other Mediterranean cities, honoring them as "a model and initiator of change in sustainable energy management." So, even if there's work to be done, someone certainly thinks they're seeing through their plans admirably.

I’ve always been so drawn to images of doorways and I’m not entirely sure why. But I️ have a hunch that it has something to do with the mystery in what lies beyond — the story that can’t be told in just the photo alone. It forces you to use your imagination....something that seems like a lost art sometimes in this life phase of “adulting.” Let’s give it a little practice shall we? What would you imagine to be behind this blue door if you could dream up anything? 😛💙 . . . . . #LLITWMorocco #unexpectedjrne #lovetotravel #discoverglobe #chefchaouen #worlderlust #wanderlusting #letsflyawayto #culturetrip #sonya7rii #bestplacestogo #traveldeeper #iamatraveler #travelstagram #acolorstory #youmustsee #visitmorocco #livetravelchannel #mytinyatlas #tourtheplanet #letstravel #travelcolorfully #theprettycities #ihavethisthingwithdoors #doorsoftheworld #doorsofinstagram #amazingearth #bucketlistcheck

A post shared by MICHELLE HALPERN ☼ TRAVEL (@livelikeitsthewknd) on

Amongst their many successful energy related projects is a  municipal swimming pool powered by solar energy. They also have an "ecology centre" created with recycled containers and photovoltaic panels at multiple public sites like the public library. They're even working on an environmentally oriented museum. The Ecology Centre is a place where people can go to learn about the benefits of eco-construction, energy efficiency, and other green-living upgrades. A combination of public works and education for the town's citizenry will soon make Chefchaouen even more beautiful than it already is.

CommunityThis College Wants To Be Fossil Fuel Free By 2019

A government mandate has forced the community college system to upgrade their energy systems, but they've actually been wanting to do it for decades, anyway.

2 days ago
NewsAdidas Sold 1 Million Pairs Of Sneakers Made From Ocean Plastic In 2017

Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted announced the company was able to sell one million of their new sustainable shoe line last year and that should grow by five times this year.

2 days ago
HomeHow To Create An Upcycled Vase With Nontoxic Paints

This simple DIY tutorial just requires an old wine bottle, tape, and paint.

5 days ago
CommunityThese Innovative Eco-Gyms Bring The Outdoors Inside

Biofit designs indoor gyms that bring in the outdoors. With eco-conscious materials such as bamboo, nontoxic paint, and tons of plants throughout their workout spaces, these gyms are unlike most you may have seen.

5 days ago
Stay Green
Sign up for our daily newsletter