Green living is no longer a vague term known only by environmentalists. One of the ways we know that an important social trend has hit the big time is when major consumer providers adopt the term. Just about every major influencer in our society from Wal-Mart to national broadcasting networks, are using the term to promote products and attract audiences.
Green living is a welcome lifestyle that individuals, families, and companies are choosing to make sure that the things they do and the products they use have as little an impact on the environment as possible. One of the best ways that you can build this thinking into your lifestyle is to live in a community that subscribes to green living
This movement is here and it is strong and it is called New Urbanism. New Urbanism is a movement affecting areas where most of us live, including those in the suburbs and city centers.
One of the key threats to our beautiful rural areas and farming communities is the spread of urban development. New Urbanism seeks to contain that spread by encouraging the development of communities that can accommodate more people. I’m not talking about increased high rises and ugly housing complexes.
I’m referring to the development of lovely and affordable urban houses, townhomes and condos/apartments that reflect the beautiful architecture and unique detail of those neighborhoods that were created in America before World War II.
New Urbanism neighborhoods are found in newly built developments and renovated communities both in the suburbs and older city centers. This new mindset has taken almost 20 years to take root in our national psyche.
What is New Urbanism
It is at its essence a straightforward, fundamental focus on changing where we live to improve our quality of life. We are tired of choosing or rating successful neighborhoods based on the largeness of the yard or house. Life is much more than that.
In the new urbanism mindset, quality of life is defined by how our environments affect our emotions and our ability to live a life according to sustainable, healthy values and core life priorities.
New Urbanists believe that if we can develop more communities that make it is easy to enjoy green living, working and socializing right in our own neighborhood we can make a positive impact on our environments.
Benefits of New urbanism communities:
• New urbanism will contribute to less vehicular pollution by making it easier for people to find employment close to where they live or to establish their own businesses at or close to home. New urbanism communities, because of their location near or close to population centers, have the technological and business resources to support entrepreneurs and a wide range of businesses.
New urbanism provides the structure needed to influence the largest percentage of our populations in North America and around the world. By being aware of our responsibilities to the environment today, will only help future generations.