Smart Growth Network
They provide good information on their website. They also produce an electronic newsletter, free for signing up.
"ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability”
ICLEI is an international organization that works on sustainability and growth. This is a good technical assistance group. As described on their web page: "ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 475 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI".
Sustainable Communities Network
This organization seems more about action than philosophy. On their site you will find access to a guidance document called "Place-making: Tools for Community Action" that looks useful and provides tools for grassroots actions.
Smart Communities Network
This site has a lot of good reference material. Do a search for "tool kit". You'll be surprised at what comes up. SCN is operated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, which is a great resource for energy alternatives.
US Green Building Council
The USGBC promotes buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and are healthy places to live and work. The USGBC runs the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification program.
Institute for Sustainable Communities: http://www.iscvt.org/
Global Community Initiatives: http://www.global-community.org/
Eco IQ: http://www.ecoiq.com/sustainability/ http://www.ecoiq.com/onlineresources/anthologies/sustainable/communities/
Smart Growth on the Ground: http://www.smartgrowthgateway.org/onground.shtml
Michigan Land Use Institute: http://www.mlui.org
US Environmental Protection Agency
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US General Services Administration
US Department of Defense
Defense Environmental Network and Information Exchange Sustainability page
US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
US Department of the Interior
City Sustainability Programs
City of Austin, Texas
City of San Diego, California
Sustainable Community Program
City of Seattle, Washington
Office of Sustainability and Environment
City of Portland, Oregon
Office of Sustainable Development
City of San Francisco, California
Department of the Environment
City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
City of Santa Monica, California
Environmental Programs Division
City of Burlington, Vermont
City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Regional Sustainability Organizations
Bay Area Alliance
Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities
Global Institute for Sustainability, Arizona State University
University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
University of Michigan
Sustainability Indicators Tools – Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability
A good way to start down the path of community sustainability is to develop a set of sustainability indicators. Sustainability indicators focus on unique local features, are track-able over time, create a sense of urgency within the community, consider society, economic and environmental aspects of the community and are diverse in appeal to the greater community. Sustainability indicators are developed using community involvement processes. The sites below will be helpful as you get started.
A Toolkit of Indicators of Sustainable Communities (3rd Edition)
The Housing Corporation and the European Institute for Urban Affairs
The Sustainability Report, Canada
Central Texas Sustainable Indicators Project
Measuring Community Success and Sustainability: An Interactive Workbook
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Michigan State University
International Sustainability Indicators Network
United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
University of British Columbia James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
United Kingdom Sustainable Development
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, La Trobe University, Bendigo, AUSTRALIA
Sustainable Communities Knowledge Network: Centre for Sustainable Community Development
Canada’s Web-based clearinghouse for knowledge and best practices in sustainable community development.
Global Development Research Center
Libraries Build Sustainable Communities
American Library Association http://www.ala.org/ala/srrt/tfoe/lbsc/librariesbuild.htm
The Sustainable Communities Campaign, Audubon International
The Sustainability Report
Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Canada
Re-source Resources for Sustainable Communities, Bellingham, Washington
New Jersey Sustainable State Institute
Sustainable Communities Network
Presentations from Past Meetings
Bringing Sustainability to a Timber Dependent Community
David Quigg, Presented at the ASTSWMO Mid Year Meeting, April 24, 2007, Providence, RI.
»Grays Harbor presentation (11MB)
Environmentally Responsible Redevelopment and Reuse (ER3) Initiative
Susan Bromm, Presented at the ASTSWMO Mid Year Meeting, April 24, 2007, Providence, RI.
»ER3 presentation (2MB)
Model State Mercury Thermostat Program
Scott Cassel, Presented at the ASTSWMO Mid Year Meeting, April 24, 2007, Providence, RI.
»Hg Thermostat presentation (966KB)
Thea Foss Waterway Cleanup and Redevelopment
Marv Coleman, Presented at the ASTSWMO Mid Year Meeting, April 24, 2007, Providence, RI.
»Tacoma Redevelopment presentation (4MB)
The Power of One: How You can Embrace and Communicate the Environmental Ethic
Paul Murray, Presented at the ASTSWMO Mid Year Meeting, April 24, 2007, Providence, RI.
»The Power of One presentation (4MB)
Jim Van der Kloot, Presented at the ASTSWMO Mid Year Meeting, April 24, 2007, Providence, RI.
»Sustainable Redevelopment Presentation (14MB)
Kettle Point Redevelopment
Russell Lindquist, Presented at the ASTSWMO Mid Year Meeting, April 25, 2007, Providence, RI.
»Kettle Point presentation (13MB)
Jay Shepard, Presented at the State Hazardous Waste Conference, July 11-13, 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
»Sustainability Activities (4 MB)