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Walkability: How Does It Work? Category: Environmental

A senior couple walking down a park road with their arms around each other.

If you're searching for a new home, odds are you've come across the term "walkability" when it comes to desireable property features. An important concept in sustainable urban design, walkability is measure of how walking-friendly an area is to a resident.

More and more studies are revealing the ways walkability results in important benefits to our health, the environment, the economy, and our communities. It makes sense — before cars and bicycles came around, walking was the only way to get from place to place over land without help from animals like horses or sled dogs. Humans have evolved to walk over thousands of years, and it's a natural activity.

But how do developers create walkability, and how is it scored? Let's take a look.

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How To Recycle Hard-To-Recycle Items Category: Environmental

Photo of a pile of old media formats, including CDs, floppy disks, GameBoy cartridges, and cassette tapes.

You might be surprised at how many items can go into your daily recycling. Plastic bags? Foam egg cartons? Aluminum aerosol containers, Pringles cans, plastic garden pots? All recyclable. But what about the bigger, awkward, and more dangerous items? Get a quick run-down on where to recycle your strange items on the island, from power tools to thermostats.

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