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Urban Environmental Management - Output of the Urban Environmental Management Research Initiative (UEMRI), a grouping of urban planning researchers from around the world. Looks at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments.

Center for Neighborhood Technology (Chicago) - Creative strategies for making cities and their surrounding areas work for everyone, environmentally and economically.

Sustainable Communities Network - Connects citizens with resources to implement innovative processes and programs to restore the economic, environmental, and social health and vitality of their communities.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - International clearinghouse on sustainable development and environmental protection policies, programs, and techniques being implemented at the local level by local institutions. Resources and links on Local Agenda 21, Green Fleets, environmental budgeting, other topics.

Joint Center for Sustainable Communities - sponsored by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and National Association of Counties

Smart Growth Network - Searchable databases of information resources on smart growth case studies, smart building design, smart development design and zoning, brownfields redevelopment and eco-industrial parks; and related topics.

U.S. EPA Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities - Implementing EPA's community-based environmental protection initiatives.

ICLEI: Electronic tools for a sustainable community. - One stop guide for U.S. Local Governments. Enhance the Sustainability of Your Community Through: Environmental Protection; Economic Vitality; and Community Well-Being.

Grants - Sustainable Communities - Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation makes grants for studying and enabling sustainable communities.

Urban Sustainability Strategies - Wayne State University's School of Architecture Community Sustainability pages. A Comprehensive Urban Regenerative Process. A Proposal for Pullman, Washington, USA.

The Sustainable Community - The Rand Organization's example in the Arlington Community Sustainability Network.

Philippine Resource Centre - UK site with a resource library, information and translation services and projects on sustainable development in the Philippines.

Chattanooga Institute - Seeking to provide communities and companies with the resources and support necessary to create a sustainable and competitive future by finding solutions that integrate business, social equity and the environment in ways that are both sustainable and profitable.

Sustainability Ltd. - An award-winning strategic management consultancy and think-tank. Founded in 1987, Sustainability Ltd. is the longest established international consultancy dedicated to promoting the business case for sustainable development. The three main areas of operation: foresight, agenda-setting and change management.

Guide to Implementing Local Environmental Action Plans in Central and Eastern Europe - Explores planning process for community sustainability, including how to assess environmental issues and set environmental priorities; as well as how to implement selected actions and monitor and evaluate results.

Cities Environment Reports on the Internet - An UN inititative, and part of UNEP. A program to facilitate easy access to environmental information for sound decision-making and general awareness-raising in cities.

Criterion Planners/Engineers - Criterion is an urban planning firm specializing in sustainable community development.

Chelsea Green's Books for Sustainable Living - Chelsea Green publishes information to help design future lives where human activities of production and consumption are balanced in harmony with the natural state of the world.

Books by Jane Holtz Kay - Book summaries and articles concerning urban affairs, planning, transportation, and coping with pollution, sprawl, and other environmental challenges. Includes "Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back." By the architecture/planning critic of The Nation.

Cabo San Francisco Foundation - Ecuadorian foundation working for a sustainable development of poor villages in coastal Ecuador.

Village Habitat Design - Village Habitat Design, LLC is an award-winning architecture and planning firm with a 30 year family history of conservation design.

EcoGateway - EcoIQ magazine and links to a large collection of Internet resources related to sustainable communities.

Strategic Resources Institute - A think tank research organization promoting strategic use of natural resources by community to achieve sustainable development. The Institute is part of BIOTROP Training and Information Centre based in Bogor, Indonesia.

City Repair Project (The) - Citizen activists educating and inspiring people to build a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. (Portland, Oregon)

Renew America - Non-profit organization coordinating a network of community and environmental groups, businesses, government leaders and civic activists to exchange ideas and expertise for improving the environment. Information on initiatives.

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development - This section offers a host of useful information to help you understand the concept of sustainable development. Youll find overview articles, slide shows, links to other sources of information, recommended books and videos, and educational materials and programs that can help your community in its sustainable development efforts.

Center for Economic and Environmental Development - Describes several projects to support sustainable development and improve community and regional leaders` understanding of how economic and environmental decisions can work hand in hand to bring a new vitality to Northwest Pennsylvania.

Holterra Wildlife Management - Specialists in wildlife ecology providing community leaders and planners with assistance regarding conservation planning, wildlife population status, and nuisance wildife management.

Making News: An Innovative Community Indicator Project - Developed by ten European cities a Community Sustainable Development Indicators (CSDIs) project that measures the quality of people's lives.

Rebuild America - Program partners with communities to improve the energy efficiency of their commercial and multifamily residential buildings and reinvest energy savings back into the community. Rebuild America supplies business and technical tools and customized assistance.

"Healthy Communities - Indicators Project" - This Community Indicators Project database is available for use in Maine classrooms; students will learn how to use "Indicators" to measure the health of their communities. The Indicators used in this project include: People and Population, Natural Resource Consumption and Natural Environment conditions. They provide a glimpse of some economic, social and environmental factors that affect our quality of life.

exSite Research Ltd. - exSite Research Ltd. focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions for advancing the State of the Art in the regeneration of Brownfield and contaminated land.

Ecosustainable Hub - Provides a team of international and Australian professionals committed towards a common goal of facilitating, developing and servicing sustainability. Also provides a Search engine for Sustainability using popular portals.

Environment Canada's Green Lane/Environnement Canada - Canadian government entity's vision is to see a Canada where people make responsible decisions about the environment; and where the environment is thereby sustained for the benefit of present and future generations.

James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments - A series of urban, community design events and university of british columbia-based research projects providing a number of potential solutions to the problems spawned by non-sustainable urban/suburban growth.

2001 Regional Planning Project - Queensland, Australia - A cooperative regional planning project managing the effects of rapid population growth and planning for sustainable development in South East Queensland. It involves the three spheres of government and the community.

U.S. EPA: Green Communities - The Green Communities Assistance Kit that you will find here is packaged as a step-by-step guide for planning and implementing sustainable actions. Each of the five steps results in a specific outcome.

Rural Planning Network - RPN combines extensive land use planning expertise to solve problems involving open space preservation and/or economic development in rural areas.

Indicators of Sustainability - develops indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy,society and environment.

Project for Public Spaces - A nonprofit technical assistance, research and educational organization that works internationally through programs in transportation, parks, plazas and civic squares, public markets, and public buildings to help grow public spaces into vital community places.

The HomeTown Advantage - Book published by The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, provides comprehensive strategies for reviving independent businesses and Main Streets.

Green Map System - Project to promote healthy cities and sustainable communities by developing maps to chart the sites of environmental significance in urban places around the world. Includes examples.

Five E's Unlimited - Consulting firm that specializes in environmental sustainability, strengthened economies, and social equity, Based in Virginia.

Livable Cities for the 21st Century - The Priorities Institute examines alternative community designs, carfree cities, cohousing, recycling pantries, and other concepts and technologies to promote environmentally sustainable community life.

Local community sustainability indicators - Some new local community sustainability indicators developed in Australia. This site provides a new methodology for indicators that sustain and develop our community and that we can all count, measure and check them for ourselves.

Ecocity of Malmö - Describes the transformation of Malmö, Sweden, into sustainability, including details of building design and about management of traffic, rainwater, and waste.

Izaak Walton League Community Sustainability Publications - Information about studies and reports on case studies, monitoring community progress toward sustainability goals, teaching the subject of sustainability, and related topics.

Groundwork Wales - Promotes sustainable communities through joint environmental action. Includes information on community involvement projects and efforts to reclaim old industrial and mining sites.