Reference/Links: Smart Growth


American Planning Association - Provides information on land use planning for professionals and interested citizens. Highlights include the Growing Smart Initiative and Planners Book Service, an extensive online catalog of relevant and useful publications.

Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy - The Brookings Institution presents in-depth coverage of the impact of sprawl on central cities and urban populations.

Empire State Future - A statewide coalition of more than 35 groups working to improve New York's economic and civic potential through Smart Growth, with news from around New York state.

Greenbelt Alliance - For decades the Greenbelt Alliance has worked to protect open space and ensure responsible community planning in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sierra Club's Challenge to Sprawl Campaign - Provides a number of useful reports, fact sheets and resources.

Smart Communities Network - Through sustainable development success stories, slideshows and articles, this U.S. Department of Energy website offers ideas for improving sustainability in your community.

Smart Growth America - Among the highlights from this nationwide coaliton of environmental, social equity and preservation groups (including NRDC) are the results of a national opinion poll on smart-growth solutions and an excellent overview of the issue.

Smart Growth Network - Provides a wealth of information and news on alternatives to sprawl from its non-profit, government, and private-sector partners.

Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse - An up-to-the-minute news service reporting developments related to sprawl and smart-growth efforts around the country.

Surface Transportation Policy Project - NRDC's partner in the Toolkit for Smart Growth and Once There Were Greenfields, Transact closely monitors the complex and important relationships among land use, transportation behavior, and roadbuilding.

Urban Land Institute - Presents the case for smart growth (and other useful information) from the developers' point of view.

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