Energy and Smart Growth: It's About How and Where We Build

Energy and Smart Growth: It's About How and Where We Build

The way communities are designed, planned, and built significantly influences the amount of energy they use, how the energy is distributed, and the types of energy sources that will be needed in the future. (20 pages, PDF), a paper commissioned by the and prepared by Naomi Friedman, a consultant to the , contends that the smart growth and energy efficiency movements are intrinsically linked yet mostly operate in separate worlds. The paper provides a background on current energy trends and programs relevant to smart growth, presents a framework for understanding the connections between energy and land use focusing on how and where to build, and offers suggestions to funders interested in facilitating a collaboration between the two fields in the areas of research, planning, practice, policy, and investment.

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