As the U.S. Congress continues its attempt to slash-and-burn nearly anything environmental, a new report out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) tells us that – surprise – investments good for people and the environment won’t kill our economy. In fact, the “green economy” they describe propels countries forward to a sustainable future and poverty reduction, while staying “brown” actually holds them back.
For cities, check out the section starting on page 20. The report here essentially confirms much of what we know: density increases energy efficiency (saves money) and job productivity (makes money). With more people moving to cities, that means big opportunities for buildings, transport, and waste management systems to have a positive feedback for the environment and economy. TheCityFix also has a great summary of major messages for transportation.