Transit Accessibility Key to Green
"The EPA says location is vital because buildings and transportation together account for about 70% of U.S. energy use and 62% of its greenhouse gas emissions.
'People can do many things to reduce their energy use: install energy-efficient light bulbs, carpool or walk or buy Energy Star appliances, among other things. But the way in which we plan and build our communities also has a significant role to play in creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable future,' EPA said in announcing the results."
The study looked at the total energy used by households located in the suburbs and homes in transit-oriented developments.