The Growth of Sustainable Development


As the concern for the effects of transportation on living quality and the environment grew, broader approaches to transportation planning were being developed. This concern was being expressed not only in the USA but worldwide. The term “sustainable development” became popularized in 1987 when the World Commission on Environment used it to describe a process of economic growth with “the ability to ensure the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The global impact of transportation on the environment was reemphasized at the United Nations Conference on the Environment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, which focused on global climate change.

To respond to those concerns, the Administration developed The Global Climate Action Plan which contained nearly 50 initiatives designed to return US greenhouse emissions to their 1990 levels by the year 2000 (Clinton and Gore, 1993). In addition, President Clinton appointed a Council...


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