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Planning Healthy and Sustainable Built Environments 

Planning Healthy and Sustainable Built Environments
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Planning Healthy and Sustainable Built Environments
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Jason Vargo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190202453.003.0018
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date: 30 March 2020

This chapter addresses planning and developing healthy and sustainable built environments, which can help address climate change. The design of homes, neighborhoods, and communities—especially in urban and suburban areas—has profound implications for energy use, land use, environmental degradation, and personal and public health. The design and construction of built environments can be done in ways that mitigate climate change and promote personal and public health. Built environment strategies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the urban heat island effect, and conserve natural resources while offering significant health co-benefits. Addressing the design of the built environment at the scale many people regularly experience can protect the environment and promote healthy lifestyles. The chapter includes three case studies that demonstrate how communities, focusing on the built environment, can address climate change and promote health.

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