Health and sustainable development

Strategies for healthy, sustainable transport

Children study at night under the glow of electric lights charged by solar photovoltaic stations, established in Indian villages under the “Lighting a Billion Lives” initiative.

Well designed housing strategies can both reduce energy use as well as create healthier environments for occupants. For instance, the transmission of airborne, waterborne and certain vector-borne diseases can be reduced through sustainable urban and housing designs that increase natural ventilation, limit vector and pest infestations, and improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Energy efficient housing design can help reduce noncommunicable diseases associated with exposures to extreme heat and cold, indoor air pollution, as well asthmas and allergies associated with chronic damp and mould.