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Clean Air and Climate Change
How conservation subdivisions help preserve clean air

Conventional subdivisions destroy natural areas that are needed to combat global warming and provide clean air.

"Through the use of cluster subdivision requirements and conservation subdivision standards, small landscape gains on individual development projects can add up to significant CO2 sequestration benefits while promoting the more localized gains of cooling the urban environment, reducing the heat island effect of densely developed neighborhoods, and securing public health benefits for the urban population.

Clustering requires developers to preserve a percentage of the development parcel for open space and requires that it be left in its natural condition and be carefully managed to preserve community benefits of open land. Conservation subdivisions go further and require more aggressive conservation practices throughout the development."
From Climate Change and Sustainable Development: The Quest for Green Communities-Part II, by John R. Nolon. Copyright American Planning Association Nov 2009 Planning & Environmental Law.

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