Links to Helpful Resources:

There are literally thousands of organizations worldwide engaged in promoting sustainable development. Listed below are organizations that we feel will provide stakeholders and practitioners in the USA with information, tools, and resources to “jump-start” their sustainable community planning and development efforts.

In addition to their specific resources a number of organizations, e.g., ICLEI, SGA, can also link stakeholders and practitioners to other communities engaged in sustainable planning and development.

We also suggest consulting organizations listed in SUSTAINABILITY: SELECT SOURCES & REFERENCES

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

“ICLEI is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries.”

ICLEI’s members include hundreds of cities/communities in the USA.

Stakeholders and practitioners will find ICLEI an excellent source for research and publications on sustainability and practical “Tools” including a Sustainable Planning Toolkit.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)-

“The International Institute for Sustainable Development is a Canadian-based, international public policy research institute for sustainable development.”

Stakeholders and practitioners may want to review some of their research and publications  on Indicators and the Bellagio Principles for sustainable development.


PLaNYC for New York City,is considered to be one of  the most comprehensive sustainable development plans to date.

Can provide stakeholders and practitioners with examples of sustainability  indicators, benchmarks, goals, etc,

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGB)-

“USGB is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Our community of leaders is working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.”

Stakeholders and practitioners may want to consult the LEED green building program as a leading resource for developing energy efficient buildings.

Smart Growth America (SGA)-

“SGA advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. We believe smart growth solutions support businesses and jobs, provide more options for how people get around and make it more affordable to live near work and the grocery store. Our coalition works with communities to fight sprawl and save money. We are making America’s neighborhoods great together. It is the only national coalition of state and local organizations working for smart growth across the country.”

Stakeholders and practitioners may want to consider joining the coalition and reviewing their research, publications and sustainable”tools”.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)-

“GRI is a non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability. GRI provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world.”

Stakeholders and practitioners may want to consider utilizing their reporting methodology in their community’s Monitoring and Evaluation process.

American Planning Association (APA)-

Stakeholders and practitioners may want to review the Associations publications on Community Indicators.

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Stakeholders and practitioners can apply to the Partnership for multimillion dollar grants to fund sustainable community planning and development, and for free technical assistance/consulting on a variety of sustainable projects.

The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD)-

“CTOD is the leading national entity dedicated to providing innovative practices, policy reform, research, analysis, and investment tools to support TOD implementation. CTOD is particularly attuned to opportunities to leverage and catalyze market interests to support TOD, while also identifying the mechanisms through which benefits can be shared equitably by low and moderate-income people.

Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other commercial development and amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation.”

Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)-

“Since 1978, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has been a leader in promoting urban sustainability—the more effective use of existing resources and community assets to improve the health of natural systems and the wealth of people, today and in the future.

CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, water, and climate change.”

Reconnecting America-

“Reconnecting America is a national nonprofit that advises civic and community leaders on how to overcome the challenges associated with community development, to create better communities for all. Reconnecting America not only develops research and innovate public policy, but we also build on-the-ground partnerships and convene the players necessary to accelerate decision-making.”

Global Green USA-

“Global Green USA works in partnership with local governments and other public agencies that are ready to “do” sustainability. We help these entities create innovative and replicable policies, programs, and procedures so that sustainable practices become standard in the planning, design, construction, and operation of the built environment.”

Livability Solutions-

“Livability Solutions is a coalition of professionals who can help you put your planning priorities into action. The partnership was initiated by 10 leading nonprofit organizations with deep experience in sustainable development. Our common purpose is to work with communities on transportation, land use, Placemaking, environmental issues, and public involvement, with the goal of achieving livability, smart growth, and sustainability.”