The Environment section of the SCI includes measures for energy and natural resources conservation; protection of open space; reduction of solid waste management of contaminated sites; air quality, and noise pollution.
- Reducing energy consumption or generating energy from renewable sources can reduce pollutants, reduce greenhouse gases, and conserve limited resources that are necessary for living.
- Access and use of open space and natural habitats provides resources and opportunities for physical activity, provides contributions to mental health and overall wellbeing and reduces water and air pollution.
- Living near contaminated land or landfills may expose residents to environmental pollutants..
- Reducing solid waste, through recycling and reuse, preserves land for other uses and reduces energy use and pollutant emissions.
- Proximity to air pollution emissions, particularly motor vehicles results in of respiratory diseases and reduced lung growth and heart disease.
- Exposure to environmental noise can adversely affect sleep, school and work performance and contribute to cardiovascular disease.
En.1. Decrease consumption of energy and natural resources
En.1.a. Natural gas use
En.1.b. Electricity use
En.1.c. Water use
En.1.d. Solid waste disposal and diversion
En.1.e. Renewable energy production
En.2. Restore, preserve and protect healthy natural habitats
En.2.a. Shoreline accessibility
En.2.b. Open space
En.2.d. Impervious ground surfaces
En.3. Reduce residential and industrial conflicts
En.3.a. Contaminated sites
En.4. Preserve clean air quality
En.5. Maintain safe levels of community noise
En.5.a. Outdoor noise levels