Cities or Suburbs, Which is Better for the Environment?


It’s a question that comes up every few “friendly debates” over environmental issues like suburban sprawl, wetland conservation, etc. Which is really better for the environment, cities or suburbs?

The answer, of course, depends on who you ask and what you mean by “better”. In the case of climate-altering greenhouse emissions, though, I think we can all agree that fewer=better, and you might be surprised to find that the “cities or suburbs” debate about greenhouse gases might not fall on the side that you think. Andrew Meggison, from our sister site Gas 2, has more on the story, below.


Surprising Findings: Suburbs Vs. Cities In Carbon Emissions (via Gas 2.0)

A study conducted by the University of California Berkeley has found that cities contribute less greenhouse gas emissions per person than suburbs in the United States. So how does that work? City life isn’t exactly “clean” per se, as crowding…

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  • I live in the city myself, so I know what you mean about compact living – smaller but efficient spaces. Public transportation is more popular in the these areas for various reasons, foremost is probably because everything is close to each other so walking seems more efficient and reasonable. Not to mention the nuisance of finding parking spaces in safer areas, this is a big setback in owning your own car. But, I can also say that, being a realtor for homes for sale mt pleasant sc, I know for a fact that suburbs are much more cleaner in air and surroundings compared to cities. They may contribute more to the greenhouse gas emission, but they have less pollution of other kinds. Plus, homeowners in the suburban area are more inclined to use eco-friendly products and material fore their homes. They adore their greens, as well, making them support efforts to take care of the environment and keep nature close to their homes through their sprawling lawns and lush landscapes.