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Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (2nd Edition)

View a PowerPoint presentation (PDF) (53 pp, 3.2 MB, About PDF) that summarizes the findings from Our Built and Natural Environments. To request the recording from the webinar held on July 24, 2013, email smartgrowth@epa.gov.
Our Built and Natural Environments

Download the report, The second edition of Our Built and Natural Environments (PDF) (148 pp, 4.3MB, About PDF): To order a hard copy of the report, email nscep@bps-lmit.com or call 800-490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-13-001.

Decisions about how and where we build our communities have significant impacts on the natural environment and on human health. Cities, regions, states, and the private sector need information about the environmental effects of their land use and transportation decisions to mitigate growth-related environmental impacts and to improve community quality of life and human health. In 2001, EPA published Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality to show how development patterns affect the environment and human health. Since then, research has continued to clarify and better explain these connections. To capture this research, EPA has revised and updated the report, incorporating key findings from hundreds of studies.

The second edition of Our Built and Natural Environments (PDF) (148 pp, 4.3MB, About PDF):

EPA's Smart Growth Program has many resources that give more information on development strategies that reduce environmental and health impacts while improving quality of life, providing more housing and transportation options, and achieving other community goals. See our publications page and our topics pages for links to these resources.

 


1 Full citations for all of the findings are in Our Built and Natural Environments.

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