Welcome to the Cleaner, Greener Communities Program for the Capital Region! Please participate as we develop a sustainability plan for the Capital Region and improve the economic and environmental health of our community.


Sustainability and why it matters

Sustainability is living and working more efficiently while using fewer resources. In adopting sustainable practices, we can meet the needs of our residents -- both today and in the future. We also can foster communities that have lower costs, more businesses and jobs, and improved quality of life.

Every development decision we make -- what land to build on; what street to pave; what energy to use -- affects the economic and environmental health of our region.

Sustainable communities adopt smart development practices to:

  • Use renewable energy to become more energy independent
  • Control sprawl to reduce housing and transportation costs
  • Invest in public transit systems to serve more people and minimize pollution
  • Build stores, schools, and workplaces near neighborhoods to protect the environment
  • Attract businesses into neighborhoods to create jobs and keep dollars local
  • Make walking and bicycling easy to foster healthy lifestyles and improve our environment
  • Reuse developed land to improve economic potential
  • Adopt clean technologies to grow our 21st-century economy
  • Conserve resources to strengthen the natural environment
  • Reduce greenhouse gases to improve and protect our environment
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