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Teach Ultimate Green City
with Cities: Skylines

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Theory

Limitless Resources

In this lesson, you get to build the ultimate green city with limitless funds!

Teacher Resources

  • Theory: Green cities and urban planning.
  • Play: Students try playing with infinite funds for the first time, getting to freely build the exact city they want to.
  • Share & Discuss: These tasks focus on green cities and budgeting.

Green Cities

  • Green Cities aim to reduce waste, expand recycling, lower emissions, increase housing density while expanding open space, and encourage the development of sustainable local businesses. (source)
  • Energy generation, industry and traffic are the greatest challenges of a city going green.
  1. Energy from green sources, such as water, wind, light and geothermal, go a long way to making a city green.
  2. Industry can be regulated, limiting it to activities that are environmentally friendly.
  3. Traffic is best reduced with public transportation, such as buses, subways, trains and trams.

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Teacher Resources

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Lesson Goal

  • Enable the Unlimited money mod in the Content Manager menu.
  • Build the ultimate green city! Can you achieve the following:
  1. Reduce Waste
  2. Expand Recycling
  3. Lower Emissions
  4. Increase Housing Density
  5. Expanding Open Space
  6. Encourage the Development of Sustainable Local Businesses

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How to Play

To begin a new game, click the New Game button. If you want to continue a city you played the last time, click Continue Game. To play a city that you've built previously (but wasn't the last one you played), click Load Game.

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When starting a new city, choose the terrain by clicking on the one you would like to play on the list. Once you are happy with your choice, select Start to begin the game.

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Some lessons require you to play a scenario. To start a scenario, select New Game in the main menu, then Choose Scenario (pictured). Scenarios differ from standard maps by having unique winning conditions.

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Hints: Unlimited Funds

  • Buy only the best. It doesn't matter if you're not making a profit, so only build the best generators, services, transportation and roads.
  • Use only green energy. Geothermal and solar energy give you everything you ever need.
  • Focus on making everything perfect. You have no constraints, so why not make citizens happy with every single need covered?
  • Go for a positive cash flow. Once you have provided everything to your citizens, can you make your city profitable?

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Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • How did the way you build your city change with limitless funds?
  • Why is it so difficult to completely get rid of all pollution, both in-game and in real life?
  • Were you able to completely eliminate pollution? If so, how?

Tasks after Playing

What are the best ways to maximize the following goals in Cities: Skylines?

  1. Reduce Waste
Show Notes
  • Recycling Centers, Incineration Plants and Floating Garbage Collectors reduce waste
  • Limiting industrial districts to forest and farming specializations helps
  • Using district policies such as recycling, parks and recreation and recycle plastic help
  1. Expand Recycling
Show Notes
  • Build sufficient Recycling Centers and Floating Garbage Collectors
  • Set the recycling and recycle plastic policies in every district
  1. Lower Emissions
Show Notes
  • Build only green sources of energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro generators
  • Utilize power usage and water usage policies
  • Use the organic and local produce district specialization for commercial zones
  • Use the self-sufficient buildings district specialization for residential zones
  1. Increase Housing Density
Show Notes
  • Only use the high-density residential zone type when building residential areas
  1. Expanding Open Space
Show Notes
  • Leave open spaces and build many parks
  1. Encourage the Development of Sustainable Local Businesses
Show Notes
  • Use the organic and local produce district specialization for commercial zones
  • Use the forest and farming specializations for industrial zones

Additional Tasks

  • What are the aims of a green city? List as many as you can remember. Should there be more goals? What would they be?
Show Notes

Green Cities aim to reduce waste, expand recycling, lower emissions, increase housing density while expanding open space, and encourage the development of sustainable local businesses. (source)

  • Even though green technology pays off in the long run, very few cities are quickly adopting it. Why do you think this is so?
Show Notes

The initial adoption cost of green technology can be rather expensive. A good example is a geothermal plant, which is very expensive but provides renewable and clean energy, paying off in the long run.

Cities are not commercial entities and they may have trouble accruing funds beyond what they need for simply running and maintaining their services. Wealthier countries and cities tend to spend more on green technology for this exact reason.

  • How do you think real-world cities would change if they had double the budget they have now? How about with infinite budgets? What about your own city or town?