Strategically locating homes, office buildings, roads and other developments can have long-term implications for the natural environment. Shorter trips and smart growth development decisions mean improved air and water quality by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment and helping families, businesses and whole communities thrive.
By decreasing the amount of pavement per home built, we allow rainwater to soak into the earth as it falls reducing environmentally-damaging storm water runoff.
Paving wild land is often easier and cheaper than reusing existing development, but building on undeveloped land destroys wildlife habitat. Encouraging reuse of existing development not only preserves these valuable environmental areas, it also benefits local economies.