'Smart growth' strategies curb car use, greenhouse gas emissions, study suggests

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 14:40 in Earth & Climate

Smart growth approaches to urban planning could substantially reduce the number of miles that residents drive in a year, according to new research. The study found that a 10 percent increase in a city's smart growth features -- including housing density, jobs per capita and public transit infrastructure -- leads to a 20 percent decrease in the number of vehicle miles traveled per household, per year.

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