Are You Living in a Sustainable Community?
According to the NRDC in an article on Sustainable Communities, More than 83 percent of Americans live in cities or their surrounding metropolitan areas. In fact, our metro regions comprise 37 of the world’s largest economies. As a consequence, the choices we make for our “people habitat” have enormous impacts on our well-being, economy, and natural environment.
The good news is that communities create efficiencies that reduce per-person resource consumption and pollution. They are critical to any credible approach to environmental quality. But for decades we have allowed our older communities to deteriorate while allowing our newer ones to gobble up the landscape with suburban sprawl. That must change: by making our neighborhoods, cities and metro regions strainer, more livable and more efficient, we can save money, protect natural systems and dramatically improve our quality of life.
We have an importance challenge, but also an important opportunity, right now: over the next 25 years, America’s population will grow by 70 million people ( that’s equivalent to adding the population of Germany). And more than half the buildings that we will have in 25 years are not yet on the ground. This is our change to get things right.