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Sustainable Urban Communities

UTA will foster sustainable urban communities through a focus on the natural, built, economic, cultural, and social environments. Learning from the past and present to ensure a sustainable future, UTA will understand and interpret demographic change and the broad spectrum of human capital.

Developing more sustainable communities is vital to strengthening our economy, enhancing everyday life, and providing a foundation for lasting prosperity. Opportunities abound to make urban regions more livable, including reducing air pollution, preserving ecosystems, and offering a variety of transportation and housing choices.

Today’s urban communities demand better building design, dynamic land-use planning, and improved infrastructure that could save lives and billions of dollars. They also broaden horizons and enlighten minds through an expansive range of cultural, recreational, and educational programs.

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More themes: Health and the Human Condition, Global Environmental Impact, Data-Driven Discovery