Built Environment

The built environment includes human-made or modified landscapes, structures, and infrastructure systems that bring together people, services, and economic activities. This chapter focuses on the built environment found in and around cities and suburbs across the country, where most Americans live and work.

    Key points:

  • Urban areas are major drivers of climate change.
  • Attributes of the built environment exacerbate climate impacts, risks, and vulnerabilities.
  • Urban environments create opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Community-led actions signal a shift toward equitable climate governance.

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Downtown Minneapolis. m01229 (adjusted levels), CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, via Flickr

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