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External Resources

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:
Global Community Initiatives:
Eco IQ:
Smart Growth on the Ground:
Michigan Land Use Institute:

Federal Government

US Environmental Protection Agency
Sustainability Page
Brownfields Program

US Department of Agriculture
Sustainability Page

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.

Sustainable Measures

A Toolkit of Indicators of Sustainable Communities (3rd Edition)

The Housing Corporation and the European Institute for Urban Affairs

Measuring Sustainability

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





New Jersey


Information Resources

Libraries Build Sustainable Communities

American Library Association

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

Sustainable Seattle

New Jersey Sustainable State Institute

Sustainable Communities Network

Urban City


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)

Sustainable Redevelopment
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)

Sustainability Activities
Jay Shepard, Presented at the State Hazardous Waste Conference, July 11-13, 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
»Sustainability Activities (4 MB)


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