Health and sustainable development

Strategies for healthy, sustainable cities

Delhi Bus Rapid Transit System; one rapid transit bus can replace dozens of cars on a roadway.

Action to mitigate urban health risks can have important co-benefits for multiple policy objectives. Well-planned cities can offer unique opportunities to create urban patterns that minimize health risks from air pollution, traffic injury, and physical inactivity, while also mitigating climate change. While smaller-scale plans may not have the energy conservation or emissions reduction benefits of larger-scale developments, urban areas are products of thousands of individual site-level development and design decisions.