Environmental Issues: Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Communities Main Page

All Documents in Sustainable Communities Tagged water efficiency

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.

Documents Tagged water efficiency in All Sections

Water Saving Solutions
Stopping Pollution at its Source with Low Impact Development

Fact Sheet
America's urban landscape is affecting our cities' water supply and water quality. Runoff from urban areas is a leading cause of water pollution in the United States, and in many areas people are using water faster than it can be replenished. More than 100 million acres of land have been developed in the United States, and with development and sprawl increasing faster than population growth, the risks to water supply and quality are growing. Low impact development, or LID, is a simple and cost-effective green development strategy that can help cities, states, and even individuals meet the water supply challenge, clean up our existing water resources, and, in many places in the West, curb global warming pollution by reducing the amount of electricity used to supply water. Get document in pdf.
A Clear Blue Future
How Greening California Cities Can Address Water Resources and Climate Challenges in the 21st Century

Issue Paper
This NRDC and UCSB analysis shows that implementing low impact development, or LID,  practices at new and redeveloped residential and commercial properties in parts of California can increase water supplies by billions of gallons each year, providing an effective and much-needed way to mitigate global warming’s impact on California.
Making Every Drop Work
Increasing Water Efficiency in California’s Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) Sector

Issue Paper
Across the nation, water shortages are triggering growing concern and an acceleration of efforts to increase water use efficiency. In this May 2009 issue paper, NRDC recommends a number of available and cost-effective measures that can help stretch limited water supplies, save businesses money, reduce energy consumption, improve water quality, and protect local, regional, and statewide ecosystems.
Water Efficiency Saves Energy
Reducing Global Warming Through Water Use Strategies

Fact Sheet
The collection, distribution, and treatment of drinking water and wastewater nationwide consume tremendous amounts of energy and release approximately 116 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year -- as much global warming pollution each year as 10 million cars. The energywater connection is particularly strong in the driest regions of the United States, such as the Southwest, where significant amounts of energy are used to import water. Solutions exist to cut both water and energy use. Through water efficiency measures, we can help to protect dry areas from drought, lower consumers' utility bills, and reduce global warming pollution. Get document in pdf.

For additional policy documents, see the NRDC Document Bank.

Sign up for NRDC's online newsletter

See the latest issue >

Kaid Benfield's Blog

Kaid Benfield writes about development, community and the environment on Switchboard.


Kaid's Recent Posts

New report shows how to reduce vehicle pollution, create financial savings on a global scale
posted by Kaid Benfield, 9/30/14
Do greener, healthier cities need an 'elevator speech'?
posted by Kaid Benfield, 9/22/14
City issues are environmental issues. Here's why.
posted by Kaid Benfield, 9/11/14

NRDC Gets Top Ratings from the Charity Watchdogs

Charity Navigator awards NRDC its 4-star top rating.
Worth magazine named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities.
NRDC meets the highest standards of the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.


Donate now >

Share | |
Find NRDC on
YouTube