Webinar: Overview of the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

From Enterprise Community Partners: This session provides an overview of the 2011 updates to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, a set of green building criteria developed for all affordable housing developments across the country. The Criteria is the foundation of the Enterprise Green Communities program and focuses on smart land use, energy and water conservation, … Continued

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Measuring progress toward sustainability in Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability is tracking 160 different projects for progress toward Greenworks strategic sustainability goals. Developing a system of measurement that was efficient, feasible, and useful was no easy feat. A new article in Governing describes what has been done and offers suggestions for other local governments interested in using performance … Continued

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NLC releases 10-step guide, seeks urban sustainability models

If your city is revisiting its sustainability objectives or developing guiding principles for the first time, this new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) identifies ten general steps toward sustainability that all cities can pursue and offers examples from around the country. What principles guide sustainability efforts in your local government? How were … Continued

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Now available! Smart Growth Toolkit for local communities

How can your community position itself to best take advantage of federal sustainable communities opportunities emerging from the HUD-EPA-DOT partnership? With support from the EPA, the Smart Growth Leadership Institute (SGLI) developed a Smart Growth Toolkit to help communities develop their own assessments and strategic plans related to growth. The toolkit includes tools like policy, code … Continued

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Public health leadership in sustainable community design: Hennepin County, Minn.

During a NACCHO/PolicyLink/Convergence Partnership webinar held earlier this week, Karen Nikolai, Hennepin County (Minn.) Community Design Liaison, discussed the process that has established public health as a valued perspective in county sustainability efforts. (Yesterday, we summarized innovative efforts in San Francisco presented during the same session). As Karen Nikolai explained, public health issues have a … Continued

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Choosing the right HUD planning grant for your project

With so many new opportunities arising out of the federal Sustainable Communities Partnership, it can be difficult to determine which federal grants you should pursue for your community’s planned initiative. If you are deciding whether to apply for a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant or a joint TIGER II/Community Challenge Planning Grant, this chart … Continued

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Webinar: Incorporate Livability into Transportation Plans

While livability is one of USDOT’s main objectives, state and local governments are often the ones who translate this objective into on-the-ground community improvements. ICF International is here to help with a webinar on July 14 from 12pm-1pm EDT to address: How to implement a multimodal corridor strategy What livability means in small towns and … Continued

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