Building for the 21st Century: American support for sustainable communities

By Will Schroeer
Washington, DC (March 1, 2011)- A recent poll of 1,200 people by Smart Growth America has found that in the midst of a struggling U.S. economy, support for smart growth strategies remains high among Americans across the country and on both sides of the political aisle.


The poll focused specifically on support for sustainable communities: urban, suburban or rural communities that have more housing and transportation choices, are closer to jobs, shops or schools, are more energy independent and help protect clean air and water. Making communities more sustainable means generating more jobs, lowering housing and transportation costs and using limited public funds more wisely.
The strong support for sustainable communities revealed by this poll should encourage lawmakers at both the state and federal level to support smart growth strategies. This approach to community development is fiscally responsible, creates economically strong communities and, as this poll details, is widely popular with voters across the country and across the political spectrum.
Related Resource:
Sustainable Communities Poll