Compact, walkable places are the most sustainable form of living. The combination of human scale urbanism, with a mix of uses and services, a range of housing options, extensive train systems, and the ability to walk and bicycle as part of daily life all make for sustainable, green living. Add safe, clean, renewable energy, and true sustainability results.
In the era of dwindling oil supplies and rising energy costs, the need for low energy lifestyles has never been greater. Urban design principles and practices bring together the ideas and plans to create enjoyable places to live, work and play while greatly reducing energy use.
Designing away the need for cars is the most important step in creating sustainable places. This has the triple effect of lowering our energy use (especially imported oil), reducing global warming emissions, and raising our quality of life in cities by increasing mobility and convenience.
To solve our economic problems, our energy crisis, climate change, aging infrastructure, and mobility all together - this plan will do it while setting us up for a sustainable, prosperous future. Read all about it