Land Use Planning, Biological Conservation and Open Space Preservation
- 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.
Land use planning is a critical element in developing vibrant and livable communities while ensuring economic vitality. Development of compact areas, even in small downtown areas, can reduce travel times, help preserve open space and reduce the commercial pressure to sprawl.
Biological conservation and open space preservation also garner high levels of public support because of the attractiveness of open spaces and their value to local residents both socially (aesthetic appeal and recreation opportunities) and economically.
What You Can Do
Informed planning and insightful land management are great ways for our communities to benefit socially as well as environmentally. Communities can pass green building ordinances that establish performance standards for public or private construction and solicit citizen input on how community land is managed.
- Promote community gardening in open spaces
- Bring farmer’s markets into your neighborhood
- Implement greenscaping programs in public spaces
Established in 1978, GreenThumb remains the nation's largest urban gardening program, assisting over 600 gardens and nearly 20,000 garden members throughout New York City. This program fosters civic participation and encourages neighborhood revitalization.
Playbook of strategies for green buildings and infrastructure
EPA Managing Open Spaces
EPA Region 2 Green Building’s Page
Community Gardening in New York City
What is Smart Growth?