Protect natural resources and make burlington healthier, safer, and more energy efficient
A sustainable city requires smart growth. Over half of Burlington residents are still commuting to work in single occupancy vehicles, further sprawl will increase the inefficiency and carbon footprint of the metro area, and action is required to protect Lake Champlain.
By concentrating development in urban areas, Smart growth preserves green space and reduces the environmental impact and cost of building new infrastructure and providing services outside of the city. Redeveloping existing buildings and developing underutilized spaces downtown allows for improvements in energy efficiency, wastewater management, and the use of alternative energy. The proximity of new housing to jobs and services reduces the cost and environmental impact of driving, and the revenue created by the new development increases the tax base available to fund programs to protect our environment and make Burlington a healthier place to live.