Are Cities More Sustainable Than Suburbia?

August 30, 2013 · Print This Article

Is living in the city inherently greener than living in the suburbs? Researchers like Edward Glaeser have argued a resounding yes: “In nearly every metropolitan area, carbon emissions are significantly lower for society who live in central cities than for public who live in suburbs.” This conclusion has common sense on its side. Despite the literal greenness of many suburbs, high density living would seem to

reduce energy use by default: less car and fossil fuel dependency, more infrastructure efficiency, with the largest cities generating the biggest energy-saving boost.

But new research from Canada’s Dalhousie University contests the claim that cities are immensely greener than their suburbs and adds additional data to consider when comparing population density and emissions. Researcher Jeffrey Wilson and his team looked at […]

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