- Check out Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality , EPA’s 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. through April 30.
- EPA hosts the Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series to assist local governments as they explore and plan climate change and clean energy efforts. Check out the upcoming webcasts here.
Transportation is essential for all community members for travel to work, school, home or around the community. Public transportation offered by communities not only benefits the residents, but also improves communities by reducing air pollution and congestion. Clean transportation can reduce a community’s exposure to harmful air pollution.Read more about transportation options and alternatives in the Transportation Chapter of Planning for a Sustainable Future - A Guide for Local Governments [PDF 4.9 MB, 58 pp].
What You Can Do:
Creating more efficient transportation systems is a great way to reduce your community’s environmental impact. Buying fuel efficient and low emissions vehicles for your municipality has the potential to save you and your community money over the life of the vehicle. Promoting alternative transportation, such as cycling and walking, can improve community health and create safer streets in your neighborhoods.
- Promote cycling in your community by building bike lanes and bike parking
- Foster walking by posting pedestrian signs and planting trees
- Relieve parking demand in densely populated neighborhoods by designating parking for car-shares
Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, New York is one of the first schools in the nation to test the use of hybrid school busses for their students’ transportation needs. These busses reduce emissions by 90 percent and improve fuel efficiency by 40 percent.