Quality of life can be improved when people have a clean and healthy environment that contributes to our state's well-being now and into the future.
Maintaining a healthy environment involves careful utilization of natural resources, reduction of impact of human activities on the environment (e.g., eliminate soil, air, and water pollutants and contaminants; eliminate soil erosion; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions), and preserving and enhancing the beauty of nature. A healthy environment can also be defined by the human-made resources that support human activity (e.g., the built environment), which refers to the infrastructure and resources such as grocery stores, parks, green space, restaurants, buildings, transportation systems, and other features.
Our economy and workforce can be directly impacted by the state of our environment. Poor air quality also negatively impacts the health of residents in the region, which lowers our quality of life. A nutritious diet is critical to optimal health and disease prevention, and essential for healthy growth and development of children and youth. Healthy food retail businesses improve the community’s economy by supplying local jobs, increasing or stabilizing home values in nearby neighborhoods, generating local tax revenues, and attracting complementary businesses and services.