Posted by: Michelle on January 27th, 2009
Everyday there are more human beings on the planet than the day before. In recent decades, our habit in the U.S. has been to help house our growing population by extending new developments out into the rural lands surrounding urban centers, creating an increasingly car-dependent society with an ever worsening environmental impact. Suburban sprawl, thanks in part to the housing market collapse, is now revealing itself to be unsustainable in more ways than one. That collapse has also put a moratorium on the advance of further sprawl, making this the perfect opportunity to understand sprawl’s inherent flaws and embrace a more sustainable approach to housing development: green communities.
In our most recent white paper, Embracing Thoughtful, Walkable Neighborhoods, we not only examine the deeply problematic nature of suburban sprawl but also explain the many benefits of the alternative offered by green communities. Using our 10 EcoPrinciples for Communities, we delve into some of the best practices that city planners, developers, architects, and builders can employ in order to design and build green communities that ensure the health of our neighborhoods and our planet over the long-term.
Click here to download the paper today.