Prev NEXT  

Advertisement

10 Ideas for a Green Transportation Infrastructure

1

Smart Growth

To some people, thinking about green transportation infrastructure in isolation is misguided. Instead, they insist that a better approach is to figure out how to configure entire communities in such a way that greener modes of transportation are simply the most obvious and easiest choices. Smart growth, which emphasizes putting homes near shops, jobs and public transportation, does just that by making zoning choices that promote density.

Author Ozzie Zehner says these choices are possible even in places that were originally designed to cater to the automobile. “Communities throughout the United States have successfully converted their big-box stores and parking lots into new community assets such as churches, schools, housing and mixed-use buildings featuring interconnected street grids and lushly planted pedestrian access,” he says. “Take, for instance, a densely built Atlanta neighborhood named Atlantic Station, where residents drive an average of just 8 miles (12.87 kilometers) per day in a region where the average employed individual drives 68 (109.4 kilometers).”

Related Articles:

  • The Ultimate Indoor Air Pollution Quiz
  • Emissions without Reducing Quality of Life
  • Driving On Air: The Cleanest Car Around?

UP NEXT

Bill Nye Says the U.S. Is Failing a National Test of Science Literacy

Bill Nye Says the U.S. Is Failing a National Test of Science Literacy

Bill Nye says he quit his day job at Boeing to engage young people in science literacy. And he's still fighting that fight today.


Advertisement


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement