Sustainable Communities are those, who value healthy ecosystems, use resources efficiently, and actively seek to retain and enhance a locally based economy.
Sustainable community can include two principles: Smart growth and green buildings. This results in an improved quality of life.
Smart Growth is a concept of innovative urban planning and described a well planned growth of a city or community.
New smart growth developments are compact and walkable, open spaces and natural resources are preserved and desired destinations are close to home. A mixed-use development is an important aspect which reduces the per capita vehicle travel. This results in reduced air pollution due to less traffic and furthermore it is healthier for citizens and environment.
Smart Growth development is pedestrian and bicycle friendly and transit orientated with a variety of transportation choices.
It provides a greater mix of housing types at affordability levels, and green spaces.