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Promoting Green Streets: A Recipe for Integrating Water and Transportation Infrastructure Investment

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To build understanding of the potential for Green Streets, River Network, in collaboration with Hawkins Partners, Inc. and Cumberland River Compact, developed this guide to support city administrators, planners, designers and environmental advocates in determining the potential – and developing strategies – for green streets in their cities and watersheds. The goal of this project is to provide a straightforward process for identifying the best locations for green street stormwater practices. Learn more... Read more

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters

Damage along Main Street after deadly flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland (Credit: Barnard / WTTG)
This interactive, user-friendly guide tells utilities how to mitigate natural disasters and their impacts, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, wildfires, tornados and power outages. The guide also explains why mitigation is important, how to be included in your community’s local mitigation plan, how to identify potential mitigation projects for each type of disaster, and how to implement and fund proposed mitigation projects. Explore guidebook... Read more

Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design

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The Equity Collective, a group of practitioners in the community-engaged design field, created a tongue-in-cheek storybook that shines a light on how good community-engaged design practices can not only create good projects, but also advance social justice, and how poor practices are hurting not only the field, but the communities it claims to serve. Go to guidebook... Read more

Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool: A Placemaking Guidebook

Downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan (Credit: Leisa Thompson/Downtown Development Authority)
​The Land Policy Institute, in collaboration with the MIplace Partnership Initiative, released a comprehensive guidebook on placemaking. The guidebook seeks to assist communities with quickly reshaping their thinking and acting on how effective placemaking can greatly enhance community and economic development. This publication includes research that supports placemaking, identifies the elements (good form, public engagement, planning processes of placemaking and the regulatory tools) to achieve it, and then takes a deep dive into each of the four types of placemaking... Read more

Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy

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​Even with tools to estimate a community’s climate vulnerability, it can be difficult to translate threats into an economic bottom line and identify ways to become more resilient. To address this, EPA created a framework to help communities assess their economic vulnerability to climate change and improve their economic resilience. The framework consists of five basic steps, and can be adapted and modified by communities anywhere in the country. Read report... Read more
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