Friday, October 16, 2009

NYT on Environmentalism in the Suburbs

The New York Times published several articles on environmentalism in the suburbs, seemingly on the same day last week but on different pages of different sections in different editions (NY, NJ, CT, LI) of the paper.  (I don't get the dead-tree version so correct me if I'm wrong about this.)  An interesting batch:

Green and Greener in Suburban Towns

In New Jersey, Conserving at Ground Level

A Westchester Town Looks to Conserve its Trees

On Long Island, Free Parking for Fuel Efficiency

Connecticut Town Starts by Banning Plastic Bags

City Aims to Reduce Carbon Output by Buildings

Each article discusses a different issue in a different locality, but a common theme that I picked up is just how deeply environmental consciousness has affected the suburbs.  Several of these local governments have gone as far as to change their zoning codes or offer incentives to promote green building, conservation, and carbon output reduction.  The suburbs get the blame for causing sprawl but the people in the suburbs may be reaching a threshold point of incorporating environmentalism into local policy.

UPDATE: Mireya Navarro, the New York Times environmental writer who authored three of the six articles linked above, emails to confirm that the stories all ran in the Sunday, Oct. 11 metro section, which (as Ms. Navarro put it) is "zoned"(!) for the different suburban areas (NJ, LI, CT, Westchester, etc.).  So if you only got one of these stories in your Sunday NY Times, you can read them all here on the Land Use Prof Blog! 

Matt Festa

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