By sponsoring public events that encourage energy conservation practices to be followed by residents, community leaders can actually lead the means. Local ordinances can be formed or rewritten to support conservation of local public resources, and provide avenues for residents to engage in resource conservation, recycling, and reuse of materials.
Local communities are working together to provide recycling centers for public use. They can revise building codes to encourage environmentally sustainable technology so that new edifices and remodels are made into strong buildings. Attempts can be made to avoid duplication that was excess, by not allowing strip malls on each corner that cover property and add to urban sprawl, through zoning laws that are more environmentally friendly than contractor friendly.
As population disperses, so does the effect of pollution along with the possibility of irreversible damage. Local communities can work collectively to protect the surroundings and indigenous species from this overload and damage. Mass transit systems could be made better and brought out to their distant communities. Car pooling parking lots may be zoned into car and land management pooling supported. Zoning might be planned for greatest use in minimum areas to preserve the landscape, and parks are wonderful add-ons for local residents. Renewable and recyclable building materials might be encouraged. How land is developed, and built up, has significant impact upon natural habitats and local resources. Careful planning can help offset the impact and promote conservation efforts.
With some communities being built having a goal of zero energy price, using wind and solar power systems for the entire area, utilities could be handled locally. Light in buildings and on roads could be refitted to be otherwise traditional, solar powered, and efficient of energy resources. In high population areas, parks help be readily available for local recreation and open spaces, in addition to relive the urban heat island issue.