Oops! A Few Repairs

It’s never good to misquote a source, but it’s especially embarrassing when that source is one’s own research! In our “Buildings and the Environment: The Numbers” feature article (


Vol. 10, No. 5) we listed the amounts of paved area in the U.S. in millions instead of thousands. The correct values are:

•Total area of public roadway in the U.S.: 24,500 square miles

•Total area of parking and driveways: 10,900 square miles

•Total pavement surface: 35,400 square miles

The comparisons we provided, putting these areas in the context of the states of Pennsylvania and Illinois, are correct.

Published June 1, 2001

(2001, June 1). Oops! A Few Repairs. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/op-ed/oops-few-repairs

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