Greenhouse Gas Reduction & Nature and Population Health
A pair of environmental reports have been added to the Resource Center best practices database.
From the Introduction: "Sustainability is of fundamental importance to humanity especially as anthropogenic activities continue to debilitate the environmental conditions required to support and sustain life. Here we define sustainability as a form of equitable human development that does not jeopardize the opportunity for all life to flourish, now and in the future. The appropriation of Earth’s natural capital by a rapidly growing global population is occurring in an unsustainable fashion. ... The purpose of the current study is to ascertain the relationship between nature appropriation and human health within a country where there is much less variation in overall patterns of nature appropriation. Does the relationship between nature appropriation and population health hold true within a country with strong social and income support mechanisms, and where consumption patterns exhibit little variation (compared to global differences) from place to place?"
From the Executive Summary: "The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is pursuing a variety of sustainability strategies to maximize transportation efficiency, access, safety, and performance while minimizing energy use, consumption, pollution, and the generation of waste. This report evaluates current and potential future Metro sustainability strategies for their costs and impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. Strategies include those focused on Metro’s vehicle fleet, buildings, and opportunities to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).