Sprawling land development is rapidly devouring the Tennessee countryside at an alarming rate, turning our trademark open land and rolling hills into a network of strip malls, anonymous suburbs and traffic-clogged roads. Being forced to commute everywhere contributes to spending more on transportation and consuming dwindling natural resources. However, choosing to develop more efficiently, creating a more pleasing mix of homes, stores and offices and gives our residents an alternative to the car. Smart growth is about returning to the principles that once made America's cities and towns great places to live. .....more on smart growth
The buildings in which we live, work, and play protect us from nature's extremes, yet they also affect our health and environment in countless ways. As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, a new field called "green building" is gaining momentum. Green, or sustainable, building is the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition.
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