San José or San Junipero, the future is next to your door !
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Heaven and state-of-the-art technology
Located on the west coast of the United States, California embodies the American dream. Bordered by the Atlantic, the Sonoran Desert and the Klamath Mountains, this state enjoys a unique aspect of faraway place while being very urbanized. Incarnation of the American dream, California offers a high standard of living due to a strong economic momentum.
Jan José is the third largest city in California. Capital of the Silicon Valley, pole of high-tech industries, it represents the epicenter of technology while preserving its traditional heritage.
As influential as it is frightening, it is the source of many inspirations both on tangible and imaginary levels.
An ecofriendly place to live in
In perpetual renewal, Jan José is on its way for becoming an eco-friendly city that wants to;preserve environment and human beings.The city invests in ambitious Environmental Sustainability Plans (ESPs) to improve the quality of life of its citizens.
In the long term, it seeks to provide safe drinking water supplies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to energy, mobility and water.
For water, this requires new lifestyle habits. Indeed, the city of San José and its various water suppliers impose particular rules for individuals and businesses.
For example, car owners can not wash it at home if it does not have a hose with a nozzle that automatically stops when the handle is released.
In the long term, regulation and reduction of water consumption will reduce energy consumption needed to transform, supply, process and heat it.
For greenhouse gas emissions, the "Green Vision" plan created in 2007 promotes the development of clean technology, renewable energy, waste reduction and sustainable development such as organic food.
Thus, travelers will encounter new consumers’ trend: la Slow Food. From organic farmer's market to supermarkets, and from plate to trash, the area of expertise of the city: organic.
Genuine commitment to the Californian state, the productions are more natural, without hormones and additives. In this way, local suppliers favor fine and innovative products, whether for food, wellness products or health.
Although organic farming is at the heart of the city's concerns, it still does not hide its ambition of becoming a zero-waste city by 2022.
To help achieving this goal, the recent opening of the world's largest organic waste treatment center by Zero Waste Energy Development Company has taken shape. It transforms up to 90,000 tons of organic waste per year into renewable energy.
Heaven and land of permanent innovations, this duality has inspired many Hollywood fictions, the latest of which is the episode 4 "San Junipero" of season 3 of Black Mirror series. (Available on Netflix).
Representing a daily life made of and for technologies, the series plunges us into a profound questioning on the future of humanity.
Episode 4 San Junipero
In a pop-retro 80’s atmosphere in California, the plot takes place in San Junipero, an imaginary city on the seaside of California.
The story takes place between well-being of citizens and the use of new technologies and questions the consequences of euthanasia and eternal life.
San José or San Junipero, coincidence ? We let you judge…?