Many homes are surrounded by a lawn or some other land that separates buildings from one another. Land use has a significant environmental impact, and it is important that we make that impact positive.
For most places in the US, having a traditional lawn is the norm. However, there are numerous environmental problems associated with traditional lawns. Luckily, there are several options for using your land more sustainably.
The primary way land use is controlled is through a set of municipal laws called zoning code. A zoning code specifies ways in which land can and cannot be used, and sets regulations for what sort of buildings can be built where and what they can be used for.
While you might not think of your roof as usable space, there are several different ways you can use your rooftop. Rooftop use can have important positive impact by making your home more energy efficient, and even combating the urban heat-island effect.
Check out the video below on building a greenhouse, which is a great way to make your home more sustainable: