More green space in a city is imperative for better air quality, animal and plant ecosystems, and quality of life for residents. Luckily, 15% of Austin’s land is designated for parks, urban forestry, and other open, green spaces. Not only has the city developed many parks, but it also has plentiful green areas around freshwater lakes, rivers, and springs.
As stated, much construction in Austin has a low carbon footprint. In order to be LEED-certified, a project earns points by adhering to prerequisites and credits that address carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental quality. In Austin, some new construction is even carbon neutral; with on-site solar energy generation.