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Other Land Use
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Land Uses Agriculture Forestry Rangelands Mining Urban Areas Roads Conservation Areas Transportation
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Urban Land Development Currently - 76 million residential buildings - 5 million commercial buildings 1/3 of all energy used 2/3 of all electricity used 1/2 of SO 2 emissions (acid rain) 1/4 of NO emissions (acid rain) 1/3 of CO 2 emissions (greenhouse gas)
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Urban Land Development Green building focuses on whole-system approaches Energy conservation through rebates and tax incentives Resource-efficient building techniques and materials Indoor air quality Water conservation through xeriscaping
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Urban Land Development Designs that minimize waste through utilizing recycled materials Placing building near public transportation hubs Creating pedestrian friendly environments by using parks, greenbelts, and accessible shopping Preserving historical and cultural aspects while blending into the natural feeling and aesthetics
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Urban Land Development Facts A standard wood-framed house consumes more than 1 acre of forest and 3-7 tons of construction waste If only 10% of homes used solar water-heating would eliminate 8.5 million tons of CO 2 emissions Proper landscaping can reduce heating needs by 30%, air-conditioning needs by 75%, and water consumption by 80% More than 1,500 bacterial, fungal, and chemcial pollutants have been identified in buildings
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Suburban Sprawl Urbanization – movement of people from rural areas to cities Asia and Africa experiencing fastest urbanization Asia has half the worlds urbanites while 60% of their population still lives in rural areas Africa has larger urban areas than North America
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