Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cities Hold The Keys To Fighting Global Climate Change

The greenest environments with the greatest opportunities to fight global warming are cities, according to the Congress for the New Urbanism and a recent report on MSNBC.

To some that would be surprising.

But think about it:

Cities and urban neighborhoods are where you find transit systems, fewer yards, cutting-edge efficient buildings, green roofs, more pedestrians - - thus more sustainable demands on finite energy and water resources.

Data show, for example, that a exurban home can generate a carbon footprint five times that of a city dwelling.

Another report on this subject has also been released by the Urban Land Institute.

Wonder if this comprehensive focus on cities will be considered both at Gov. Jim Doyle's Global Warming Task Force and President George W. Bush's global warming summit?

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