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Sustainable Cities in the Central Valley
DAVIS, Calif. -- The population of California's Central Valley is expected to balloon from 7 million to 12 million people in the next 30 years, making it the fastest growing region anywhere in the United States or Mexico. Can the valley's communities be that big and green as well?
"I am actually pretty pessimistic about the possibility," says the lead author of a new UC Davis review of 100 Central Valley cities' growth policies.
"Sustainable growth is growth that minimizes environmental impact while meeting goals for economic viability and quality of life, for both present and future generations," said associate professor Mark Lubell. "Our study identified some very serious obstacles to achieving the goal, but also identifies some variables and recommendations that might help."
Lubell found that the valley's biggest cities have the greatest number of sustainable-growth policies and projects.
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