Measuring Suburban Sprawl

April 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Measuring Sprawl

We've been taught growth is good. But what if growth is poorly managed, so that it creates problems too? That's what we call sprawl. Solving sprawl requires alignment of rules and incentives for land-development such that smart growth-management is the rule rather than the exception.[read more]

Mapping the American Carbon Footprint, Down to the Last Zip Code [INTERACTIVE MAPS]

January 14, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Zip Codes and Carbon Footprints

Time and again studies have shown that urbanization can deliver large carbon reductions by reducing per capita energy use in transport, housing and construction. But a new study shows that benefits of city living in big cities like are cancelled out by higher emissions in their own suburbs.[read more]

When Seeking the City Solution on Climate, Don't Forget the Suburbs

January 13, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

Suburbs and Climate Change

U.S. suburbs account for half of all U.S. household greenhouse gas emissions, even though they house less than half the population. Taking into account the impact of all urban and suburban residents, large metropolitan areas have a slightly higher average carbon footprint than smaller metro areas.[read more]