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More Choices, Less Traffic
It's time to get America moving by investing to expand and improve public transportation

Overview
It is time to revamp America's ailing road and rail networks to create a competitive, 21st century solution. What we need is a more modern, balanced transportation system that offers people choices, so they can enjoy the freedom of being able to travel shorter distances or less often by car.

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Affordable Green Housing
The Green Communities Initiative will build thousands of affordable, environmentally friendly homes across the country.

Overview
The Green Communities Initiative, a project of NRDC and Enterprise Community Partners, will build thousands of affordable, environmentally friendly homes across the country.
Sustainable Neighborhoods
Solutions for Sustainability

Overview
One of the most important models of sustainable growth is the neighborhood, where increments of development actually occur and where most people connect with their cities, their environments, and each other on an everyday basis.
Sustainable Practices on Key Urban Issues
Solutions for Sustainability

Overview
Specific issues like water quality and sustainable food are a challenge in all cities.  NRDC is creating models to solve a selected set of key urban challenges that can be applied to other cities nationwide.
Reducing Foreclosures and Environmental Impacts through Location-Efficient Neighborhood Design
Fact Sheet
While the nation continues to grapple with a troubling housing market and a rash of mortgage defaults, new research has emerged drawing a direct linkbetween “location efficiency”—a measure of the transportation costs in a given area—and mortgage foreclosure rates. The study shows that factors such as neighborhood compactness, access to public transit, and rates of vehicle ownership are key to predicting mortgage performance and should be taken more seriously by mortgage underwriters, policymakers, and real estate developers. With transportation costs accounting for roughly 17 percent of the average American household’s income, the need for better land use planning and better lending practices has never been more clear. NRDC recommends changes both to planning-related policies and mortgage underwriting procedures that can reduce transportation costs and risk of foreclosure while offering significant environmental benefits. Get document in pdf.

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