Evaluation of General Plan
General Plan: Environmental Planning
Humans demand more from nature than what is able to be replenished: clean water, air fossil fuels, fertile land for agriculture, trees for lumber to build our lavish homes, paper, diversity of plants for medicine, animals to fill our hunger, and the list goes on. Due to our increased demand for resources, there has been a recent resurgence of interest among the world about the Earth’s condition. The elders are concerned about the world they are leaving for their grandchildren, and the young are concerned about the world that they will be inheriting. “Going Green” is the popular phrase that has been sweeping the nation. It is associated with living a more eco friendly lifestyle. If is also used in the context of sustainability and responsibility. “Going Green” has evolved into a major lifestyle or policy change where the individual or company operates by the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle), thus allowing for economic development while still conserving for future generations.
The element I decided to focus on was Environmental Planning. Phoenix’s goals are to: 1. Improve and protect the environment, manage and conserve resources, preserve open space, and manage growth to ensure healthy and vibrant neighborhoods ("Phoenix.gov"). 2. Study and explore options for using green building techniques and goals when designing and constructing city facilities ("Phoenix.gov"). 3. They want to ensure water availability, become more efficient by implementing more reclaimed water resources, and become more efficient with water conservation ("Phoenix.gov"). 4. Use more alternative modes of transportation to reduce the use of fossil fuels. This would in turn decrease air pollution and reduce traffic congestion ("Phoenix.gov"). The current population of Phoenix is around 1.5 million (U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs). The population has grown...