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      CHECKLIST FOR HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

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      Journal of Green Building

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          INTRODUCTION

          This paper describes a 10-point checklist for the planning and development of healthy and sustainable communities. The 10 domains in the checklist are essentially physical characteristics of places. Each domain has relevance to the health of people living in the place, and to the sustainability of the environment. The checklist is intended as a tool for those who plan, develop and manage urban environments. Such tools can be valuable for assessing the health and environmental impacts of decisions made by urban and transport planners, and businesses engaged in land development and infrastructure projects.

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                Journal
                jgrb
                College Publishing
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Spring 2008
                : 3
                : 2
                : 41-45
                Author notes

                1Australian Health Policy Institute, The University of Sydney.

                2National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University.

                3Planning Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia.

                4Corresponding author. Email: acapon@ 123456med.usyd.edu.au .

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                jgb.3.2.41
                10.3992/jgb.3.2.41
                ©2008 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

                Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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