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Factors in a Green Community

Your green lifestyle extends to the community around you. Your neighbors and local community and civic organizations play important roles in either helping or hindering your efforts to promote a sustainable lifestyle. So, when you think that you’ve found a green housing location, investigate the policies of your local town or county government. Check its Web site to see what it says about the following:

Environmental initiatives

It’s a good sign if the community shows active interest in environmental issues such as water efficiency, pollution, energy efficiency, transportation, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, recycling, and noise.

Community services

Check the range of community facilities available. The community or government Web site should list the location and number of childcare centers, community activity venues, and services for elderly and disabled residents and youth. Most sustainable residential areas have many of these services located near homes or public transportation links.

Development plans

One of the key functions of all community governments is to work on strategies and plans to guide future development. So have a look at your community’s plans for the years ahead. If there’s an emphasis on economic growth and more development with little reference to environmental protection, the place may not be as green as you thought. Governments and city councils supporting sustainable principles are more likely to talk about the environment, accessibility, vitality, and social fabric, with any growth and development promoted within that context.

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