Summer 2014: Our Environmental Future

When the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, environmental concerns focused primarily on addressing the pollution of air and water. Over the decades since then, the scope of environmental issues has expanded to include energy conservation, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, farmland preservation, and the multiple benefits to land, water, and air that come from reducing sprawl and providing alternative transportation options. In this issue of On Common Ground, we provide an overview of this wider range of environmental issues our communities — and property owners — will face in the future.

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In This Issue

All up and down the East Coast — as well as along the Gulf of Mexico — rising sea levels and sinking land are causing major troubles for homeowners, cities, and businesses.

Preserving pristine wilderness areas remains important, but protecting green space where people live is also a big part of today’s conservation agenda.

Farmland preservation funding is coming back, but so are post-recession development pressures that threaten to overwhelm farms across the U.S..

More people are biking and walking to work than ever, and accommodations for bike lanes and sidewalks are being included in the push for connectivity.

The Green MLS Implementation Guide serves as an easy-to-follow blueprint to help implement searchable fields for high-performance, energy-efficient homes.

With collaboration and friendly competition, the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® helps turn abandoned properties into energy-efficient housing.

Many who work with water supply issues say if we’re worried about an adequate water supply now or in the future, we should look first to conservation.

With walkable locations growing twice as fast as the market's whole, some experts say the era of suburban sprawl is over.


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A free, semi-annual magazine published by NAR, On Common Ground presents a wide range of views on smart growth issues, with the goal of encouraging dialog among REALTORS®, elected officials, and other interested citizens.

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