How to Make a Community Green
- 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.
More and more community leaders and citizens are re-thinking how local systems operate and realizing the environmental, financial and community health benefits of creating a more sustainable future for their citizens. Considering the ways electricity, water, sewage treatment, trash removal and other basic services are provided in your community is the first step when assessing the impact your community has on the environment.
What You Can Do
Planning for a Sustainable Future - A Guide for Local Governments [PDF 23.55 MB, 70 pp]
- Introduction to Sustainability Planning
- Getting Started
- Areas of Opportunity
- Land Use Planning
- Biological Conservation and Open Space Preservation
- Solid Waste Generation and Recycling
- Energy, Air Quality and Climate
- Protecting Water Quality and Ensuring Future Supply
- Green Building
- Green Construction
- Green Procurement
No matter who you are, you can help make your community more sustainable. If your community is ready to start building toward sustainability, EPA’s Green Communities program is a five-step planning process that provides tools and goals to help our neighborhoods and municipalities move towards a more sustainable future. If you want to find out how to green your school, check out our Green Schools page.