Promote Selection of Appropriate Sites and Environmentally Sustainable Site Development

• Locate projects on sites away from wetlands, above the 100-year flood level, away from prime agricultural land and away from endangered or threatened species habitat.

• Locate projects on sites where there is already urban infrastructure to serve them.

• Locate projects on brownfield sites that have been remediated of contamination; these usually have infrastructure already in place.

• Provide opportunities and building infrastructure for people to commute to work using public transit and bicycles.

• Minimize parking to discourage excessive auto use.

• Provide low-emission vehicles and car-sharing arrangements to reduce gasoline use.

• Protect open space in site development and restore open space on already impacted sites.

• Manage stormwater to reduce the rate and quantity of stormwater runoff, and use best practices to clean stormwater before it leaves the site.

• Manage landscaping and parking lots to reduce excessive areas of open pavement that cause heating of the area around a building in summer, leading to more air-conditioning use.

• Control interior and exterior light from leaving the site, helping to make skies darker at night.

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