Planning is a clearinghouse for information on urban planning, smart growth,
new urbanism, and growth management.
Community Leadership Program has provided experiential leadership training
for over 3,000 community leaders from 200+ rural Minnesota communities.The goal
of BCLP is to cultivate and train broad-based teams of local leaders to work collaboratively
to anticipate change, manage conflict, build consensus and create the future in
their rural communities.
for Sustainable Living in Northfield, Minnesota, works to: develop community
awareness of the need for sustainable practices; introduce ongoing programs which
strengthen the natural environment, economy and social well-being; and provide
training, education and research on the subject of sustainability.
Chattanooga Institute promotes the building of sustainable and competitive
communities and companies through innovative education, design, technology, policy
and partnerships--locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
by Choice serves as a "virtual community" for people who share a common
interest in sustainability. The site identifies a wide range of resources and
features a "learning exchange."
The Environmental Information Portal makes key environmental and sustainable
development information available not only to policy-makers but also to the general
public. The site features articles, maps, data tables, and a searchable database
of information. EarthTrends’ information is grouped in ten topic areas: coastal
and marine ecosystems; forests and grasslands; water resources and freshwater
systems; agriculture and food; climate and atmosphere; population, health, and
human well-being; economics and business; energy; biodiversity and protected areas;
and environmental governance.
Vision offers the latest environmental news, as well as a calendar of
events, a business directory and a links directory. One entire section of this
website focuses on sustainability.
Community Issues provides a number of links
to Eco-Compass features and organizations focusing on sustainable communities.
EcoIQ Sustainable Communities
identifies a number of resources related to sustainable communities, including
directories, on-line articles, a magazine and an on-line store that offers products
such as publications, videos and multimedia products, as well as links to other
Environmental Defense's Environmental
Sustainability Kit is a set of tools designed to help local leaders, residents
and businesses work toward making their communities more sustainable. The kit
focuses on the environmental and pollution-prevention aspects of sustainable community
development, although its inclusive approach makes it useful for any sustainable
The Green Map System
is a globally connected, locally adaptable framework for community sustainability.
Green Maps chart the sites of environmental significance in urban places around
the world. Each map is created locally in a unique way, and the Mapmakers are
of all ages and backgrounds.
Restaurant Association (GRA) is a national non-profit organization that
provides services in research, consulting, education, marketing and community
organizing. The GRA utilizes a collaborative strategy that involves restaurants,
manufacturers, vendors, grassroots organizations, government, media, and restaurant
customers. The GRA's model provides a convenient way for all sectors of the restaurant
industry, which represents 10 percent of the U.S. economy, to become more environmentally
Government is a Canadian website that coordinates and supports federal
departments in their efforts to minimize their environmental footprint. This web-based
guide contains important environmental advice to federal government employees
and is especially helpful for those involved in key operations such as procurement,
real property, and waste management, among others.
and Liveable Environments is a Canadian website focusing on potential
solutions to urban growth and more liveable communities. The site features a number
of resources, including Projects, Presentations, Publications, and Links.
of California Non-Profits Working for Sustainability identifies a number
of non-profit organizations in southern California working on sustainability issues.
The list provides an overview of each organization's goals and activities, as
well as links.
Environmental Assistance Network, developed by The International City/County
Management Association and other national groups, features a huge on-line toolbox
of interactive software for local government elected and appointed officials,
managers and staff. These tools allow local governments to quickly calculate the
money saved by various environmental strategies (such as solid waste reduction
efforts), calculate pollution of various development scenarios, or help users
do calculations necessary to fulfill environmental reporting requirements.
Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) brings
together local environmental officials to network and share information on innovative
environmental practices, conduct environmental policy projects, and promote environmental
training and education. Its projects include Smart Growth Business Partnership,
Brownfields Showcase Community Network, Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund and the
Clean Air Partnership.
Challenge, a program of the David
Suzuki Foundation, encourages Canadians to commit themselves to actions
from a list of 10 steps to conserve nature. Participants receive a newsletter
with tips to help them fulfill their pledge.
provides useful information on issues related to community sustainability, as
well as resources, opportunities for networking, job listings and more. Topics
addressed include land use, transportation, buildings, ecosystems, water, energy
Oberlin Design Initiative works with community members
and students in Oberlin, Ohio, to implement projects, identify integrated solutions,
bring resources to the community, and promote community dialogue. The goal of
this work is a combination of environmental restoration and wealth creation for
a healthy small town where people want to stay. For more information, contact
ODI at 15-1/2 B, W. College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074; Phone: (440) 776-0209;
Oregon Solutions is a website
that helps communities, businesses and governments move toward sustainability.
The website was developed to help the state of Oregon reach the goals set forth
in Governor Kitzhaber's May 2000 Executive Order on Sustainability. The site identifies
strategies for sustainability within the realms of economics, environment and
equity. It includes case studies, featured individuals, commentary, a calendar
of events and the Sustainability Learning Network Forum.
of a Conservation Economy is designed as a comprehensive visioning and
planning tool. The site identifies patterns that blend ecology, equity and economics.
Topics include ecological land-use planning, human-scale neighborhoods and renewable
Find out how much you contribute to climate change,
and how you can help offset emissions.
Association of Local Government Environmental Officials (NALGEP)
10 years, the nonprofit NALGEP has represented local government personnel responsible
for ensuring environmental compliance and developing and implementing environmental
policies and programs. Its new website provides information in five subject areas
of great interest to environmental officials: Brownfields Revitalization, Air
Quality, Smart Growth, Water Quality, and Local Innovation.
Population Coalition is a grassroots organization striving to promote
public education and action of problems of population growth, resource consumption
and sustainability. Available materials include a newsletter, white papers and
Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD)
The PCSD was formed in 1993
to provide advice regarding sustainable development and the new approaches to
achieve economic, environmental, and equity goals. This website contains information
about the PCSD, including its mission. In addition, the site includes the PCSDs
final report to the President, outlining its recommendations for a national sustainable
development action strategy, along with reports of the eight task forces created
under the PCSD.
The Priorities Institute
is a non-profit, educational research organization, a major project of which is
Livable Cities for the 21st Century: New Urbanism II. The website provides information
on many topics related to sustainable development.
America is a Department of Energy Program that focuses on energy-savings
solutions as community solutions. Rebuild America forms partnerships with community
organizations to provide technology, services and tools for energy retrofits of
buildings that also encompass a variety of issues such as transportation, economic
and community development, urban sprawl, and sustainability.
the Countryside is a program of the Great Plains Institute for Sustainable
Development and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The program website
showcases outstanding examples of people working to enhance their rural communities
and regions through new and value-added products, wise use of energy and natural
resources, sustainable farming and forestry, and the arts. These activities increase
the economic vitality, quality of life, and attractiveness of the countryside.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is
a nonprofit organization that focuses on seven areas: Energy, Transportation,
Green Development, Water, Economic Renewal, Corporate Sustainability and Security.
RMI's Economic Renewal
Guide provides a step-by-step community decision-making process that defuses
factionalism, encourages collaborative citizen involvement and self-reliance,
and leads to sustainable development that benefits everyone.
Boston Initiative is an initiative created to address sustainability issues
for Boston. The website provides information on environmental justice, the environmental
blueprint, open space, recycling, transportation options and more.
City is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to achieving
a sustainable future for San Francisco. The website features detailed information
about San Francisco's five-year Sustainability Plan.
Development Extension Network was designed to help communities solve problems
on the ground. Though the focus is on education, the applications can be wide-ranging,
from supporting more efficient agricultural pratices to providing businesses with
information on new pollution-prevention technologies. By working with a local
community champion or organization, SDEN helps build a network of people working
on similar goals, links them to others, and provides them with the latest and
most relevant information.
Development Gateway is a project of the International Institute for Sustainable
Development that "integrates the online information developed by a network
of some of the world's leading sustainable development institutes." The site
also includes a sustainable development primer, which covers some 150 topics and
links to more than 1,600 member documents.
Development Internet Resources identifies a number of Internet websites
that focus on sustainable development. Prepared by Sustainability Review
North Shore is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Finland
tha tpromotes the transformation of Minnesota's North Shore region into a functioning
model of modern sustainable culture. Working from a bioregional perspective, Sustainable
North Shore is inspired by an entrepreneurial approach that fosters the efficient
and restorative use of natural, human, financial, and manufactured capital.
Slopes is a set of voluntary environmental principles for ski resorts
and skiers to follow, along with many dozen best practices for resorts in 21 areas,
including water conservation, habitat protection and forest/watershed management,
energy conservation, waste reduction, visual quality, transportation, air quality,
and education and outreach. Almost 200 ski areas have endorsed the Sustainable
Urban Neighborhoods is sponsored by the University of Louisville (KY).
The website offers a variety of useful information on community design and planning,
including reports, handbooks and a list of links.
Sustainable Development Websites showcases the top websites on sustainable
community development. These sites offer a host of useful information that can
help your community with sustainable development efforts.
and City Management Program of the World Bank Institute helps advance
the knowledge and understanding of the broad range of urban issues among city
officials, and to present the tools they need to plan, manage and govern their
cities. While this site is more general in natue, it does include some information
Ecology Australia is committed to evolution of socially vital, economically
viable and ecologically sustaining human settlements--ecological cities--through
education and example. The website includes project information, a publications
list and news archives.
EPA's Green Communities Assistance Kit provides a comprehensive reference
guide for identifying and resolving needs, interests and problems for a range
of communities--urban, suburban and rural.
EPA Region 3 Center for Sustainability offers resources to help communities
ensure their long-term sustainability. Resources include information about sustainable
deevelopment, green communities, livability, trends in sustainability and other
Anthology of Sustainability, Volume I
1995, Greensboro Beautiful, Inc.
book presents a compilation of articles related to sustainability, which together
provide a good overview of this movement. It is available from Greensboro Beautiful,
Inc., P.O. Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136, phone (910) 373-2199.
Bound to the Earth: Creating a Working Partnership of Humanity
1994, Avon Books. ISBN 0-38076-971-9.
Using the forest as both metaphor and example, the authors
offer a timely, much-needed blueprint and indispensable methods for integrating
ourselves into the natural world, mimicking nature’s efficiency in production
and recycling, discovering new energy sources, developing self-repairing systems
and creating goods and services close to home, and limiting the needs of long-distance
Building Healthy Communities: Resources for
This book outlines how successful, compatible,
development projects will need to combine the insights and tools from a variety
of fields: natural resource management, strategic planning and leadership development,
small business development, value-added processing, low-impact heritage and environmental
tourism, zoning and land use planning. It is available for purchase from the Corporation
for Enterprise Development, 777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 410, Washington,
D.C. 20002, phone 202-408-9788 or e-mail email@example.com.
Building Sustainable Communities: An Environmental Guide for
1991-1992, Center for the
Study of Law and Politics.
local officials, this set of ten handbooks profiles successful projects and explains
how to implement them. The topics include water conservation, solid waste, transportation,
land use, energy and more. Available from the Center for the Study of Law and
Politics, 2962 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, phone (415) 775-0791.
Cities and Counties: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
1996, Public Technology, Inc.
book presents case studies of ten communities that have demonstrated administrative,
fiscal, and policy tools that can be used by other communities to implement sustainable
development initiatives. It is available from PTI, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, D.C. 20004-1793, phone (800) 852-4934.
Community Anywhere: Finding Support and Connection in a Fragmented World
1993, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. ISBN: 0-87477-746-1.
Offering practical advice and guidelines on creating sustainable,
supportive communities, the book includes profiles of successful communities,
the models on which they are based and solutions to common problems.
1996, Island Press, ISBN 1-55963-420-0.
book explores a new approach to design whereby buildings, technologies or communities
are sensitive to living systems and can potentially accomplish their missions
without the seemingly unavoidable side effects of pollution, erosion, congestion
Earth in The Balance
Penguin Books. ISBN 0-395-57821-3.
presents compelling and overwhelming evidence of the global environmental crisis
and offers strategic recommendations for re-thinking our relationship and taking
positive steps to preserve the Earth’s delicate balance.
1996, Island Press. ISBN 1-55963-389-1.
This book presents the idea that the world and humanity can
be reunited if design is based on ecology. Ecological design, which the authors
define as the marriage of nature and technology, is possible at all levels to
create revolutionary buildings, landscapes, cities and technologies. The book
presents design principles to build a more efficient, less toxic, healthier and
more sustainable world.
For the Common Good:
Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future
1989, Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-4703-1.
Demonstrating how our growth-oriented, industrial economy has
led to environmental disaster, this book offers a new paradigm for economies,
public policy and social ethics.
Guidebook of Financial Tools
A reference work intended to provide an overview of a wide range of ways
and means that are useful in paying for sustainable environmental systems, the
book is divided into 10 sections, presenting outline information on approximately
250 financial tools.
Livable Cities: A Grass-Roots Guide
to Rebuilding Urban America
1980, Holt, Reinhard
and Winston. ISBN 0-03-056291-0.
book discusses the importance of uniting the economy and ecology so that we can
take responsibility for environmental damage, as well as for the policies that
cause that damage. Included are chapters on common concerns and challenges, such
as population and human resources, food security, species and ecosystems, energy,
Regenerative Design for Sustainable
1994, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Offering a blueprint for
implementing change to reverse damage to the environment, this book describes
how to regenerate our resources rather than simply consume them and discard the
waste. The book emphasizes proven regenerative practices for water use, land use,
energy use and building design.
Environmental Conflict: Towards Sustainable Community Development
1996, ISBN 1-57444-007-1
This book explains the transformative approach
toward facilitation, which allows for conflict outcome to be decided solely by
the participants with a shared vision for the community--without such a vision,
sustainability is not possible.
Rural by Design: Maintaining
Small Town Character
1994, American Planning
Association. ISBN 0-918268-86-7.
The book provides answers to commonly asked
questions about creative rural planning techniques, including alternative scenarios
for conservation and development, implementation techniques, and examples of a
wide variety of residential and commercial projects that have utilized creative
design techniques. It is available from American Planning Association, 1313 East
60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.
Saving Money: Environmental Strategies That Work
Resource Renewal Institute. ISBN 0-932857-08-6.
book provides useful ideas to help communities extend resources
and improve environmental quality. Tips are offered for saving money by promoting
the efficient use of energy, water, materials, and land, as well as by recycling.
Success stories of communities that have become self-reliant, curbed urban sprawl,
and inspired their residents to strive for a sustainable future are presented.
State of The World
Worldwatch Institute. ISBN 0-393-31339-5.
flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization
that analyzes data from many fields and which focuses on the relationship between
the global economy and its environmental supports, this book presents the most
current authoritative analysis available.
From Vision to Action
1998, Claremont Graduate University.
discusses how sustainability is applied to communities and how communities can
restore social and ecological balance. Its chapters include Sustainable Community
Concepts and Definitions, Creating a Vision for the 21st Century, The Four Greatest
Challenges to Sustainability, Ten Key Ingredients for Building Sustainable Communities,
Sustainability Indicators, and Ecological Footprint Analysis. It can be obtained
from School of Politics and Economics, Claremont
Graduate University, Claremont, CA 91711-6163.
Guide for Grassroots Activists
The first booklet introduces the
key concepts and applications. The second booklet provides a ranges of ideas and
activities for those wanting to develop their own community projects. Both are
available for purchase from the Population Coalition,
telephone (909)625-5717, e-mail.
Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities,
Suburbs and Towns
1986, Sierra Club Books.
Two experts on appropriate
technology present a practical vision of how different types of American communities
can make the transition to a way of life that encourages sustainability, reduces
resource waste, balances consumption and production, and produces long-term social
and ecological health. The book is available for purchase from The Sierra
Club, Dept. SA, P.O. Box 7959, San Francisco, CA 94120-7959, phone
Sustainable Community Checklist
A workbook from the Northwest Policy Center designed to help communities
start a local initiative and to introduce the practice of sustainability through
first-hand experience, it is available for purchase from the Northwest Policy
Center, telephone (206) 543-7900, e-mail.
A Sustainable World: Defining and Measuring Sustainable Development
1995, International Center for the Environment and Public Policy.
Contributors to this book discuss, from a variety of perspectives,
what sustainability and sustainable development really mean and how we know whether
or not we’re moving toward a sustainable future. It is available from International
Center for the Environment and Public Policy, P.O. Box 189040, Sacramento, CA
95818, phone (916) 442-2472.
A bimonthly magazine published by the Foundation for Global Community, a California
nonprofit educational organization, dedicated to reconnecting people, the planet,
and prosperity. Timeline focuses on cultural change, and has special themes
for each issue. Issues include interviews with leading-edge thinkers, editorials,
book reviews, and articles on systems thinking, sustainability, ecology, conflict
resolution, social change and community building. Issues of Timeline are
available at the web site above, or in printed form for $10 per year. A free sample
copy is available by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
(including your name, address, and indicating "SAMPLE").
1997, New Society Publishers. ISBN
Offering practical suggestions and innovative solutions
to a wide range of municipal and community problems, the book's topics include
air quality, transportation and traffic management, energy conservation and efficiency,
land use and housing, and sustainable economic and community development. It
includes "Tools" and "Initiatives" sections to help readers achieve the goals
of the chapter's topic, plus essential contacts and references, including e-mail
and web addresses.
Toward Sustainable Development
2001, Hydro Tech International. ISBN 0-9688653-0-5.
book "gives planners in all parts of the world, in particular those who are
concerned with water resources, a broad look at planning in general and at sustainable
development planning and management concept specifically."
Smart Growth: A Primer
Describing a new demand and opportunity to leverage
growth toward community development and quality of life, this booklet is published
by the Smart Growth Network and
can be ordered from ICMA-Smart Growth Network, 777 North Capitol St. N.E., Suite
500, Washington, D.C. 20002-4201, phone (202) 962-3591, fax (202) 962-3500,
the American Dream
Oregon State Extension Service.
video -- available for free on-line viewing at the web site above -- helps viewers
think about their current lifestyles, and presents individual choices that can
improve our natural environment and personal quality of life. The video focuses
on what Americans report is most important in life: health, fulfilling work, education,
connection with family, friends, community and the natural world, and spirituality.
It points out how merely consuming"stuff" and increasing material wealth
can get in the way of achieving these important goals.
A set of four new
videos that "express fundamental concepts of sustainability...in the language
of economics." The videos are titled An Introduction to Ecological Economics,
Investing in Natural Capital, Conversation for a Sustainable Society, and Costa
Rica Counts the Future. Most include a study guide.
The Video Project.
video explores all aspects of sustainability and illustrates its importance. It
is available from The Video Project, 200 Estates Drive, Ben Lomond, CA 05005,
phone (800) 475-2638.
– A New Strategy for Healthy Communities
Locally – Small Town Solutions to Global Problems
slide shows feature outstanding examples of community sustainability in both urban
and rural areas.
Community Planning Software
This CD-ROM package provides geographic information
system software and abundant data to help you understand the demographic and economic
traits of your neighborhood, city and state.
Place Called Home
This CD-ROM package, produced by the Alliance
for Community Education, serves as a resource library to stimulate ideas for positive,
sustainable action in communities. The package includes video, photographs,
audio, and pages of text from books, articles, interviews and speeches.
Last updated: February 3, 2005