Announcing the inaugural Community Connectors program participants!

The Community Connectors program offers technical support and funding for communities working to repair the damage of divisive infrastructure in an effort to reconnect communities. The new Community Connectors program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and conducted in partnership with Equitable Cities, the New Urban Mobility Alliance, and America Walks. Smart Growth … Continued

Advancing Racial Equity Technical assistance Transportation

How form-based codes can help reshape a city

Co-authored by Toccarra Nicole Thomas This spring, SGA partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) on a new report, Reshaping the City, which examines how zoning reform can advance racial equity, support housing attainability, create healthy communities, and decarbonize buildings to mitigate climate change. On March 24th, we cohosted a webinar to dive into the … Continued

Form-Based Codes Zoning

RFP: Video/creative consulting services for short feature on extreme heat

Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking an experienced videographer for consultant services for its Climate Change, Health, and Equity initiative.  Such services will help SGA and its community-based partners produce a 4-8 minute video to raise awareness of the risks associated with extreme heat, who is most affected by extreme heat, and to feature lived, … Continued

Climate Change

Deadline Extended | RFP: Equity Summit Fundraising & Sponsorship Consultant

Deadline Extended: Proposals are now due on Friday, August 25th. About SGA Smart Growth America (SGA) is a national non-profit organization which is dedicated to advancing equitable, sustainable land use, development and transportation. The organization empowers communities through technical assistance, advocacy and thought leadership to create livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity. We work … Continued

Advancing Racial Equity

An Active Roadmap: Best Practices in Rural Mobility

Rural communities in America vary across many dimensions including population and demographic trends, economic and health indicators, and others. Some communities have continued to thrive with improving quality of life and stable or growing economies, while others have experienced a long and slow decline. What is clear is that there are many strategies, including improving … Continued

Rural Development

VIDEO: How an obscure federal measure justifies the hefty price tag of destructive, divisive roadway projects

Our newest video, part of Divided by Design, helps explain how federal guidance known as value of time gets used every day to justify the cost of building incredibly expensive highways (or additional highway lanes) that divide our communities, produce more congestion and pollution, and ultimately make it harder to get around in nearly every … Continued


Now Hiring: Program Manager, Land Use & Development

Are you seeking an opportunity to advance equitable, sustainable approaches to land use and leverage your skills in urban planning, project management, and coalition building? Are you passionate about how zoning reform can advance equitable development? Join the team at Smart Growth America and use your skills to help policymakers and community leaders advance our … Continued


Divided by Design

Beginning in the 1950s, highways devastated communities of color and changed our cities forever. But the consequences continue, even as we begin to acknowledge our past mistakes. Why? Our new report examines the racist roots of our current transportation system, revealing that flawed thinking continues to haunt our policies and practices. Without a fundamental change … Continued

Advancing Racial Equity Transportation

The Case for Climate-Informed Zoning: A Study of Fiscal Impact in Norfolk, VA

As the impacts of climate change continue to intensify, zoning presents a key tool to direct development to protect communities from climate events. Norfolk, Virginia, a city at severe risk from sea level rise due to climate change, is among the first cities in the US to use climate adaptation as a core consideration for … Continued

Climate Change Land Use and Development Zoning

Request for Proposals: Arts and Culture Consulting Services

Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking proposals for consultant services for its Arts & Culture team. Such services will support the Arts & Culture team’s thought leadership and programming and include but are not limited to program design, implementation, and reporting/evaluation, event planning, communications strategy, stakeholder research and engagement, and related support services. SGA is … Continued

Creative Placemaking