If you're looking to relocate, NRDC columnist Sheryl Eisenberg has just written up a great set of sustainable factors to consider when searching for a new home. From her May column, "I [Heart] New York (and Other Green Towns)":
- Is the home located in an existing community on previously developed land?
- Is there a "Main Street" style shopping area close at hand?
- Are there appealing parks, plazas and public gathering spots?
- Are there crosswalks, sidewalks... and walkers?
- Are there bike paths...and bikers?
- Are there any farmers' markets in the area?
- Is there convenient public transit?
- Is your place of work nearby?
- Is the water supply clean?
- Is air quality good?
- Does the town have a decent recycling program?
- Does the community have a commitment to managing growth?
For more ideas, check out Sierra's July/August 2006 cover story on green cities, the Sierra Club's "Building Better" reports on America's best development projects, and SustainLane's rankings of the country's 50 largest cities on a comprehensive set of sustainability criteria. The Center for a New American Dream has also published a helpful article on the subject, including its own set of "Tips for House Hunters."