Vital Neighborhoods



Neighborhoods are the building blocks of a great urban area. They are the real places of daily life — places where people interact face to face, where transactions are made, and where a sense of identity and history is created. They are also the places where most people can live decent lives with the least environmental impact. By bringing opportunities together in close proximity, neighborhoods reduce the need for transportation.


By fostering the development of a vibrant public realm for all to share (great streets, meeting places, parks, libraries, public transit, etc.), neighborhoods can make affordable, low-consumption lifestyles more convenient and attractive. In many ways, dense, mixed-use, urban neighborhoods are the foundation for future sustainability on Earth.


Learn more by using our Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit to engage your community in sustainability.