Stopping Sprawl, Slowing Emissions, Improving the Economy

A new report suggests that making policies in Canada to avoid urban sprawl development will reduce pollution and boost the economy.

By shifting away from sprawling development patterns, Canadian metropolitan areas could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save money in the long-run.

"The study, published by a coalition of industry and government stakeholders, warns that a business-as-usual scenario could wind up costing billions of dollars and lock the country into a path that ensures higher energy consumption and pollution.

'Unlike many other GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions reduction strategies . . . many of these policies and actions can be enacted effectively and independently by local (municipal) governments, provided that they are empowered to do so,' said a summary of the report, obtained by Postmedia News. 'This allows our communities to make a substantial contribution to GHG emission and energy use reductions, even in the absence of significant federal action.'"

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