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Sweden: A concept country for clean-tech development

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At the Nordic Green conference in Menlo Park, Calif., Olov Hemstrom of the Swedish Trade Council discusses the history of Sweden's drive to go green.

At the Nordic Green conference in Menlo Park, Calif., Olov Hemstrom of the Swedish Trade Council discusses the history of Sweden's drive to go green. He says government and business officials decided on a concept called SymbioCity, where various city functions from waste-water management to landscape and urban planning are all interconnected into one integrated system. Hemstrom is hopeful the practices tested in Sweden over the past 30 years can be applied to cities within the U.S.

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