Methodology -Overview

Our Sustainable Community Planning Methodology is designed for stakeholders and practitioners actively engaged in sustainable community planning.
Stakeholders can include Public Officials, government employees, technical experts, citizen volunteers.
Anyone involved in helping their community develop and /or implement a sustainable community plan can be considered a stakeholder.


Some of the key advantages of our methodology include:
• Proven sustainable planning methodology featuring measurable goals/action plans
• Identifies sustainable solutions that can be “Monetized” to produce revenue
• Proven ability to organize community outreach and meaningful community involvement
• Proven ability to organize collaboration of key stakeholders
• Strategy/methodology for cultural change: transform culture of waste to culture of sustainability
• Ability to assist clients to structure projects to qualify for financing from investors focused on socially responsible investing opportunities including Impact Investors seeking investment opportunities that meet their “triple bottom line” goals of creating jobs, meeting social/environmental needs, providing a return ranging from below market to market levels.

Our methodology has  been developed through practical experience and rigorous research. We have incorporated the “best practices” and “lessons learned” from the leading organizations, researchers, and practitioners working in the field of sustainability. See Sustainability Select Sources & References.

We continue to fine tune our methodology in accordance with the latest research, materials and “best practices/lessons learned”  from other practitioners.

The building blocks of Sustainable Communities are projects based on the three pillars of sustainability, People, Planet, Profit$.

Science, Politics, Collaboration, and Economics are essential aspects of sustainable community planning that determine how sustainable projects are structured and implemented.

Science, and related technologies, enable communities to undertake projects that improve air and water quality, increase energy efficiency, restore contaminated land to safe use, etc.

Politics, in all its forms e.g., local zoning laws, municipal budgets, national policy, etc. is THE indispensable aspect of sustainable development as expressed by Yankelovich and Harman (Starting With The People), “the technical cleverness of the few is no substitute for the political will of the many.” 

Collaboration is an essential aspect of sustainable community planning for both involving and organizing the various resources and forms of expertise required to develop a sustainable community plan, and for generating the political support required to actually implement the plan.

Economics and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. Economics is a prime consideration in calculating the cost/benefits of sustainable improvement projects. UVC’s M-A-AP $ Monetize methodology assists community stakeholders to identify how to turn sustainable solutions into new sources of revenue.

In the following  sections we will walk you through the seven (7) Steps comprising our sustainable community consulting methodology.

Some critical aspects of our methodology e.g. CollaborationCultural Transformation, etc. are described in detail  in subsequent sections.

In describing our methodology we seek to provide the reader with a clear understanding of WHAT has to be done and WHY. This reflects our experience, as well as the literature on sustainable planning, that the major tasks/activities comprising the sustainable community planning process, e.g., collaboration, selecting indicators, etc., are common to all communities. It is also our experience that, given each communities unique circumstances, that it is the community that can best determine the WHO, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW that collectively customizes the sustainable community planning process to their communities unique conditions. EXAMPLE-While EACH community undertaking a sustainable community planning process will need to organize the collaboration of key community members NO two communities will go about this task in exactly the same way.

Our hope is that the reader will come away from reviewing this material with a clear understanding of the practical steps involved in organizing THEIR sustainable community plan.

TIP-Organizing and implementing a sustainable community planning process is challenging ,  time consuming, and requires organizing expertise from a wide variety of disciplines,e.g., engineers, scientists, skilled facilitators, content experts such as LEED/green Buildings, brownfield remediation, volunteers, etc., etc. Your planning process should include identifying, and recruiting needed expertise. Bottom line-the field of sustainability is both broad, many subjects/disciplines and deep, each subject tends to include a wide range of skills/knowledge. No one person or organization can possess all of the knowledge and or skills required for preparing an effective sustainable community plan, hence the importance of both Stakeholder Engagement and Organizing Collaboration

We invite you to contact Joe Szocik, our Managing Director of Sustainable Consulting,  with questions,or  requests for clarifications. He will be happy, free of charge, to spend up to thirty (30) minutes discussing concerns, answering questions, clarifying aspects of our methodology.