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Smart Growth

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Community design affects energy consumption and vehicle use, and thus greenhouse gas emissions. By addressing these factors through planning, application of smart growth principles, measures to reduce urban heat islands, and other initiatives, local and regional governments can encourage economic development while preserving their open spaces and critical environmental habitats, protecting water and air quality, and helping to mitigate climate changes.

Community planning and design programs generally act to reduce energy demand, as opposed to increasing energy efficiency. For example, by promoting mixed use development and public transportation, communities can reduce the need for residents to drive a car for shopping, commuting to work or getting to and from school. Similarly, measures to reduce the urban heat island effect, such as planting trees or installing cool roofs, reduce a community’s cooling energy requirements.

In this course, you are required to study the US EPA publication, “Smart Growth” provided as a pdf document as a part of this course. This document describes the steps to promote smart growth techniques to reduce GHG emissions.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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