Local governments can improve long term community health and welfare by includingsustainable environmental planning elements in their local decision making process, especially those related to property development.
The laws crafted forty years ago still shaping EPA administration of environmental policy have focused upon end-of-the pipeline controls. Although this approach has greatly reduced the emissions from smokestacks, discharges to surface waters, and uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, we are now faced with new complex environmental challenges that relate to the manner in which we develop land, construct buildings, and consume resources. Greenhouse gases, for instance, do not directly harm people, but global climate change has serious consequences. Of particular concern is the decline of many of our urban centers because cities are a more efficient form of urban settlement with smaller ecological footprints. Transit oriented development linking mixed-use neighborhoods can reduce automobile use and promote physical exercise. Greening (e.g. Native landscaping and natural water features) of open spaces and roadways can recharge local aquifers, improve water quality and enhance ecosystems.
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