Suburban living has a massive impact on the environment. Some people have tried greening the suburbs but have had some difficulties because of local by-laws. For example, by laws exist that do not allow people to hang their clothes to dry or generate renewable energy. These types of regulations come to the forefront only when challenged by eco-minded citizens.
Reading some online news yesterday I found a story about how artists in Calgary, Alberta tried to replace their front lawn with barley. In that same news article I found out about another artist in Toronto who converted her driveway into something more environmentally friendly. I found here blog and she has a post on both stories.
People in the suburbs have to start being more proactive on the environmental front for us to see a major impact in North America. When that happens it will impact the rest of the world as our consumption patterns change and we, hopefully, set a new example for modern "western" living.