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The Green Life: On the Move?

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May 15, 2007

On the Move?

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."

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