Protecting endangered animals or plants, and food crops can reduce disease in all living things including people. Losing biodiversity of species can result in a loss of jobs, food, medicines and industries that support life.
- Requiring buildings and landscapes to avoid harming wildlife and plants (Wildlife Impact Report Regulation), 1998, Boulder County, CO
One of the first cities to prevent birds killed by buildings (Bird-Safe Buildings Planning Code), 2011, San Francisco, CA
You can benefit from being in a green building because it can improve your: access to views which improves your productivity by up to 23%, indoor air quality which reduced communicable respiratory diseases by 9-20% and allergies and asthma by 18-25%, and commute because it gets credits if it's close to public transit and restaurants.
- First U.S. city creating green jobs for energy and water efficient buildings (Green Retrofit & Workforce Program), 2009, Los Angeles, CA
- Requires new private buildings over 10,000 square feet to be LEED Silver or higher (Private Sector Green Building Ordinance), 2009, San Jose, CA