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Sustainability in Low-Income Neighborhoods at a Glance

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Studies show that air pollution contains more hazardous ingredients in low-income communities than in affluent ones. Moreover, many low-income communities are located on contaminated land such as brownfields and are more likely to be exposed to hazardous chemicals. The primary sources of pollution in these areas can be traced to organizations to factory combustibles in vicinities that constitute a significant cause of air pollution.


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Sustainability can be challenging in low-income neighborhoods without the proper support. These areas were not originally developed while taking human, social, economic, and environmental factors into consideration. The lack of community planning is the primary culprit for not getting financial support, resulting in the widening gap between rich and poor neighborhoods, which creates a significant obstacle in the fight against climate change.

A city industrial area with a factory plant.

The threat is imminent

Government and municipalities must take steps to mitigate the inexorably imminent conflict and exhaust their habitat.

Decision-makers and leaders must hire experts to formulate effective policy decisions for improvements in low-income neighborhoods. As the corporate and affluent communities shift toward renewable energy sources such as solar, efforts must be made to make low-income neighborhoods more sustainable.

There are many ways to improve the sustainability of a neighborhood and create jobs in the process, but having a community sustainability plan is the first step. Municipalities must bring experts on board to develop better, more environmental-friendly neighborhoods.

If you are interested in developing a Sustainability Plan for your community or have questions on how to implement your current sustainability plan, contact Larsen Engineers for a free consultation. Based in Rochester, NY, Larsen Engineers offer cost-effective solutions to develop sustainability projects in LMI communities. Contact us at (585)-272-7310 to get started and visit

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