Tag Archives: Resources

Visualizing Change: A Toolkit for Informal Educators using Visual Narratives on climate Change

​This toolkit contains has an extensive library of high-quality research that informs the science of both climate change and strategic framing including research reports, science summaries, glossary of terms, and communications tools for strategic framing. Learn more... Read more

Brownfield Health Indicator Tool

​Brownfield redevelopment is complicated, often with many roadblocks to remediation, but communities who avoid brownfield sites can inadvertently limit economic development opportunities in areas of higher poverty or urban neighborhoods. Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health have developed a new Brownfield and Health Assessment tool to assist planners, public health professionals, and other brownfield redevelopment influencers engage the community in redevelopment planning. Learn more... Read more

Webinar Release of The Scenic Route: Getting Started With Creative Placemaking in Transportation, Feb. 17

​Transportation investments can play a catalytic role in transforming communities. Join Smart Growth America and their Transportation for America program as they release their new online interactive creative placemaking resource, The Scenic Route: Getting Started With Creative Placemaking in Transportation, with an interactive webinar on February 17 at 3:30 p.m. EST. Register now... Read more

Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding, Design, and Environmental Review: Addressing Common Misconceptions

Since launching the Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative in 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has engaged safety experts, stakeholders, local officials and the public on strategies to encourage bicycle and pedestrian safety on and around our streets. Through these discussions, common misconceptions have been raised about the use of Federal funding, street design and the Environmental Review process that can cause confusion and result in project delay. This report addresses these misconceptions and distinguishes between Federal standards and... Read more

Planning for Prosperity in Small Towns and Rural Regions

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) created a clearinghouse of materials for rural regions and small towns, with publications, webinars, workshop materials and other information on a variety of topics including economic resilience, entrepreneurship, community engagement, downtown redevelopment and food systems. While designed to assist the SCI grantee communities, these materials should be helpful to planners, economic developers, elected officials and residents working to improve and strengthen their small towns and rural regions. Learn more... Read more

Better Plans for Better Places

Memphis, TN
The Better Plans for Better Places report, an interactive website with videos, community spotlights and more, summarizes the work of the Sustainable Communities program over the last five years. Fifteen places from across the nation are highlighted in the report. Learn more... Read more

Land Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Edition

The first edition of Land Banks and Land Banking (2011) remained unsurpassed as the authoritative resource on land banking until now, with the 2015 publication of this second edition. Land Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Ed., provides historic context about the development of land banking and its rapid evolution over the last four years. Readers will also find a trove of practical resources, including guidance on creating and operating a land bank, template state enabling legislation, and sample administrative policies.... Read more

Three Reasons to Use Livability as a Vehicle for Sustainability

Communities cannot be sustainable unless they are places where people want to live. But can communities be both livable and sustainable? There is an important nexus between the two concepts that may assist in the other’s success. Livability interventions serve as incremental steps that collectively increase the potential for long-term sustainability. Read more... Read more
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