Some of the findings from the article:
-An average urban household uses 320 million British thermal units (mBTUs) annually, while an average suburban household uses 440 mBTUs (assuming 2.5 people/family). The difference is mostly in transportation and infrastructure.
-Access to transit yields significant energy savings, but not as large as increased density.
-The economic savings from enhanced location efficiency from 10 years of new construction are about $2.3 trillion, mostly from reduced auto ownership, according to a study by Holtzclaw with David Goldstein and Mary Jean Burer of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
-Despite the benefits of location efficiency, it is less recognized than automotive, building, appliance, or power plant efficiency as a way to reduce greenhouse gases and use of fossil fuels.
*No actual sardines were harmed in the making of this post. I'm a vegetarian anyway.