Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability
"I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in the built environment of American cities, towns, and suburbs – what I like to call our people habitat – and how it relates to the natural world. How can we make these two realms – people habitat and natural habitat – more harmonious? These issues are acutely on my mind today because I am preparing a talk I have been invited to deliver early next month on Urbanism and Sustainability."
Through this lens, Benfield goes on to discuss:
- The scales of urban sustainability
- Growth challenges ahead
- The geography of impacts from traffic
- Similar issues for watersheds
And wraps up by forecasting where balancing the scales between cities and the environment might take us.