Although sustainability planning is harder to find compared to big cities, terrific examples of green initiatives are emerging in small-town America.
If planners for Bethesda, Maryland, fully realize a conceptual vision, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a beacon of urban sustainability.
Some of the most dramatic juxtapositions with nature are possible in big cities, like The High Line in New York City and now the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Philadelphia.
We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways.
Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. We can't protect a thriving natural landscape if we continue to sprawl across the countryside.
Smart growth and smart transportation – as important as they are to the future of our communities and our planet – are not nearly enough to produce sustainable communities.
The good news is that growth in both sprawl and traffic has slowed considerably as people rediscover the benefits of living in cities and walkable suburban neighborhoods.
The statistics are staggering. Over the next five decades, if present trends do not reverse dramatically, humanity is set to create more sheer volume of urban settlement than it has in all of human history.
Green Mountain Power has put together an impressive combination of sustainability factors in two rehabbed, side-by-side buildings in Rutland, Vermont.
The problem with bears and rural sprawl — lured out of natural areas by the availability of garbage, they tend to die in automobile accidents.
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