Report on Development, Health, Environment
EPA has released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment - the way we build our cities and towns - directly affects our environment and public health. The publication, Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality, provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies -- where and how we build our communities -- can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development. According to the report, environmental impacts linked to building and development patterns include at least 850,000 acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers, and streams that are thought to be impaired by stormwater runoff. For more information about the report and an upcoming webinar, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/built.htm.
Source: US EPA