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Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Winter 2002)
Fourth Of A Series
By Karen Walz

While the term 'livable community' often evokes an image of pleasant neighborhoods, inviting parks and friendly people, a city's economic health is equally important to its livability. Without jobs, few residents will choose to remain in those neighborhoods. Without thriving businesses, the local government will be unlikely to have the tax base to maintain those parks. Continuing economic vitality is also an important part of a community's sustainability over the long term.

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Spring 2001)
Third Of A Series
By Karen Walz

As we begin the 21st century, it is clear that emerging technologies and changes in the economy will have a significant impact on the shape of our urban areas. At the same time, the long-term viability of these areas will depend on the locational choices made by millions of individuals and businesses, choices that will be based on the same question as in past centuries - is this city a good place to live and conduct business? This series of articles explores the factors that help answer that question.

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Winter 2001)
Second Of A Series
By Karen Walz

What makes a livable city? What lessons can be learned from today’s cities so the cities of the future are both livable and sustainable? In this article, the examination of major postwar cities in the United States continues with an assessment of the characteristics that define these cities and distinguish them from older major cities...

Ecologically Based Municipal Land Use Planning (Spring 2000)
By William Honachefsky

"I admit there was a time in my own early years as a young land surveyor (the pre-Earth Day decade at least) when I too regarded the land simply as a commodity, and not part of a larger continuum, intimately linked to the surrounding air, water, vegetation, and wildlife."

Restructuring the Global Economy (Winter 2000)
By Lester R. Brown

There has been more growth in world population since 1950 than during the preceding four million years -- from when we first stood upright. I don’t think we have yet grasped the dimensions of the consequences of the sort of population growth that we are experiencing.

Livability and Community Renewal (Winter 2000)
By Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Recently (on the Charlie Rose show) Bette Midler was asked what she would do if she had an opportunity to start her career anew. What would she choose if she weren’t an entertainer? And without missing a beat, she said she would be an urban planner.

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Fall 1999)
By Karen Walz

Livability. Smart growth. Sustainability. These are some of the phrases politicians, urban planners, developers and others use when describing the future of American communities. The words used by residents are more direct: safe, clean, affordable, friendly, with good jobs.

Making A Living While Making A Difference (Fall 1999)
By Melissa Everett

You are walking down to the corner cafe at dusk to buy a local newspaper, and you notice: how pleasant it is to have a corner cafe and to be near it, rather than in traffic, as the sun sets; how reassuring it is to feel safe strolling in your own neighborhood, since you remember years when the streets were less welcoming.

Big Economic Benefits From Open Space (Summer 1999)

Parks and the conservation of natural and agricultural lands contribute billions of dollars every year to local economies across the nation, according to a new report by the Trust for Public Land.

Sprawl Causes Costly Tree Loss (Spring 1999)

A new study by the national conservation group American Forests documents a dramatic loss of tree cover in the southeast portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including the greater Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

What You Can't See Could Cost You (Spring 1999)

With home mortgage interest rates at their lowest percentages in years, many people are jumping into the housing market. But really look before you leap, say civil engineers, otherwise you may miss the warning signs of a costly structural problem that strikes more homes each year than floods, tornadoes or hurricanes.

Brownfields Development A Success (Spring 1999)

"What you are doing for brownfields -- bringing business and communities together from the very start -- proves one of the basic tenets of all our efforts: through partnership we can protect both people and prosperity, our health and our economy." -- Excerpts from a speech by Carol Browner, EPA Administrator.

A Powerful Tool for Sustainable Development (Winter 1999)

The 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act may be the most significant environmental legislation enacted by Congress in recent years, according to a new report by the Environmental Law Institute.

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed (Spring 2001)
By Dave Wann

It's like going into a room and forgetting what you came for, except in this case it's the whole culture, forgetting. We forget to ask, "What's an economy for?" En route to a brand new American millennium, we got detoured. Price tags and bar codes began to coat the surfaces of our lives, as every single activity became a transaction. Eating, entertainment, socializing, health, even religion - all became marketable commodities.

The Color Asphalt (Summer 2000)
By Hartmut Gerdes

I trust you are as pleased as I am to hear about the "hybrid" electric-gas powered smart car. In the future, we’ll likely have cars powered by fuel cells. Hybrids produce far less environmentally or atmospherically damaging exhaust, and fuel cell powered cars will produce almost none.

Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (Summer 2000)
By Duane Elgin

How grown up do you think humanity is? When you look at human behavior around the world and then imagine our species as one individual, how old would that person be? A toddler? A teenager? A young adult? An elder?

How Profit Shapes Urban Space (Spring 2000)
By Jeffery J. Smith

Like the rest of the universe, US cities keep expanding. Some time before the universe begins to contract, American metro regions may, too. What counterpart to gravity might suck suburbia back into the hole of our doughnut cities?

Environmental Stewardship Vs. Economic Devel. (Winter 2000)
By Walter McGuire

In the long term, the economy and the environment are inextricably linked. Today's economy depends heavily on the availability and cost of resources. Yet, we have built an economy that values resource consumption rather than stewardship.

Urban Living in the New Millennium (Winter, 1999)

The leaders of our cities are struggling to build transportation systems and to create communities that are livable and provide an environment friendly to people and animals. Slowly, awareness is growing and methods are being developed to enable us to build self-sufficient places to live in the future.

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (2009)
By Lester Brown

In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. More…

Farm-Fresh Ideas (Spring 2002)
Building An Economy for the Earth (Spring 2002)
Wetlands Organizing Tools Online (Spring 2002)
Sediment and Erosion Control Best Practices (Spring 2002)

Successful Sustainable Land Development (Winter 2002)
Renewing The Countryside (Winter 2002)
Sprawl Costs Us All (Winter 2002)
Urban Waterways Restoration Video (Winter 2002)
Driven to Spend by Sprawl (Winter 2002)

The Smart Growth Challenge PowerPoint Presentation (Summer 2001)
"Sprawling of America" Videos Available (Summer 2001)
Eco-Industrial Development Strategy Guide (Summer 2001)
"Making Transit Work" (Summer 2001)
What Does 'Smart Growth' Really Mean? (Summer 2001)

Whole Systems Green Building Guide Online (Spring 2001)
Smart Growth Yields Environmental Benefits (Spring 2001)
Solutions for a Sustainable Future (Spring 2001)
CommunityViz Software Testing Underway (Spring 2001)
Reinventing Cities for the 21st Century (Spring 2001)
In The Fast Lane (Spring 2001)
Driven to Spend by Sprawl (Spring 2001)
Why Johnny Can't Walk to School (Spring 2001)

Successful Sustainable Land Development (Winter 2001)
Renewing The Countryside (Winter 2001)

One Click Green Lobbying (Fall 2000)
Recycling America’s Land (Fall 2000)
Sprawl Costs Us All (Fall 2000)
The "Pattern Language" Of A Conservation Economy (Fall 2000)

Urban Waterways Restoration Video (Summer 2000)
Sustainable Planning Tools Available (Summer 2000)
From Policy To Reality... (Summer 2000)

Ecological Land Use Planning (Winter 2000)
Smart Growth News (Winter 2000)

Bigger Not Necessarily Better (Fall 1999)
Sustainability Indicators: More & Better (Fall 1999)
Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities (Fall 1999)
Livable Communities Web Site Launched (Fall 1999)

When City and Country Collide (Summer 1999)
SCN Case Studies Updated (Summer 1999)
Smart Development Principles (Summer 1999)
Online Sprawl Clearinghouse (Summer 1999)
Primer for Smart Growth (Summer 1999)
Summary of Open-Space Ballot Measures (Summer 1999)
Bring Back Our Neighborhoods (Summer 1999)

Indicators Benchmark Sustainable Development (Spring 1999)

Smart Growth: Economy, Community, Environment (Winter 1999)
Design Charrette For Sustainable Urban Landscapes (Winter 1999)
Guide Helps Explore Development Alternatives (Winter 1999)

News Feeds & Summaries (2014)

Includes news feeds from the Environmental News Service and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Also links to the complete News & Events archive. More…

Growth Management Helps, Not Hurts, Affordability (Spring 2002)
New Greenways Plan Proposed for Kansas City Region (Spring 2002)

Recycling Our Land (Winter 2002)
Congestion Driven By Sprawl (Winter 2002)
Growing Pains Encourage Growing Smart (Winter 2002)

Institute Launched To Help Build Eco-Economy (Summer 2001)
Senate Funds Expanded Brownfield Cleanups (Summer 2001)
Right-Thinking Leadership In Michigan (Summer 2001)
Preservationist Says "Take Cities Off Life Support" (Summer 2001)
New "Pacific Program" From Land Trust Alliance (Summer 2001)

Photovoltaic Systems Standard (Spring 2001)

Growth-Related Votes Reflect Complexity (Winter 2001)
Eco-Industrial Development Strategies Promoted (Winter 2001)
A Rising Tide Of Urbanization (Winter 2001)
Growing Pains Encourage Growing Smart (Winter 2001)

Pennsylvania Sets Smart Growth Example (Fall 2000)
Brownfields Attracting Home Builders (Fall 2000)

Transportation & Community Preservation Workshop (Summer 2000)
Gore Livable Communities Initiative (Summer 2000)
Promoting Sustainability in the 21st Century (Summer 2000)
Rail-Volution 2000: Building Livable Communities with Transit (Summer 2000)
Land Protection Conference Planned (Summer 2000)

Water and Growth in the West (Spring 2000)
New Report On The Costs of Sprawl (Spring 2000)
Sustainable Buildings Symposium (Spring 2000)
Advancing the Land Conservation Debate (Spring 2000)

Gore Reports Farmland Conversion Doubles (Winter 2000)
States Ineffective In Cutting Sprawl (Winter 2000)
Congestion Driven By Sprawl (Winter 2000)
Brownfields Projects Underway in Florida (Winter 2000)
Symposium To Promote Water Sensitive Design (Winter 2000)
Buildings, People and the Planet (Winter 2000)
National Green Building Conference (Winter 2000)

Recycling Our Land (Fall 1999)
Business Leaders On Smart Growth (Fall 1999)
Global Warming Policies: An Economic Engine (Fall 1999)

Center Seeks Nominations for Ahwahnee Awards (Summer 1999)
Smart Growth: From Rhetoric to Reality (Summer 1999)
Museum Hosts Smart Growth Exhibit (Summer 1999)

Cities Impact Endangered Species (Spring 1999)
Support For White House Proposals (Spring 1999)

Seeking Suggestions For Sprawl Study (Winter 1999)
Federal Initiatives To Help Communities (Winter 1999)

American Farmland Trust Urban Sprawl Study (Fall 1998)
Terrain: Journal On Built & Natural Environ. (Fall 1998)

Resources For Promoting Sustainability (2014)

Includes resources for conference and campus activity planners, for authors and environmental journalists, for educators, for nonprofit leaders and organizations, and for political leaders and green advocates. More…

National Charrette Institute Launched (Spring 2002)
Greenways Grants Available (Spring 2002)
Smart Growth Funding Guide (Spring 2002)

Investing for Sustainable Jobs (Winter 2002)
Smart Growth Funders’ Network Launched (Winter 2002)
Pennsylvania Is "Growing Greener" (Winter 2002)
Protecting "Aquatic Ribbons Of Life" (Winter 2002)
Brownfield Redevelopment Loans & Grants (Winter 2002)
Insights For Difficult Decisions (Winter 2002)

Toxics, Sustainable Communities Funding (Summer 2001)
Foundations "Leading The Field" (Summer 2001)
Funding Farmland Protection (Summer 2001)
Aquatic Habitat Funding For Great Lakes (Summer 2001)
Florida Forever Program Grants (Summer 2001)
Historic Preservation Grants (Summer 2001)
Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation Grants (Summer 2001)

Oregon Offers Livability Incentive Funding (Spring 2001)
Sustainable Communities Funding (Spring 2001)

Protecting "Aquatic Ribbons Of Life" (Winter 2001)
Natural Heritage Preservation Funding (Winter 2001)
Pennsylvania Is "Growing Greener" (Winter 2001)
Insights For Difficult Decisions (Winter 2001)
Ag Land Stewardship Grants In California (Winter 2001)
Parks & Open Space Investment (Winter 2001)

Investing for Sustainable Jobs (Fall 2000)
Sustainable Economic Development Grants (Fall 2000)
Wetlands Ecosystem Conservation Funding (Fall 2000)
Funding For Land Use & Transportation Activists (Fall 2000)
Community Greenspace Preservation Grants (Fall 2000)
Greening The Entrepreneurial Spirit (Fall 2000)
Brownfield Redevelopment Loans & Grants (Fall 2000)
Transportation & Community Grants Available (Fall 2000)

EPA Planning Innovative Community Grants (Summer 2000)
SF Bay Area "Transportation for Livable Communities" Grants (Summer 2000)
Education for Sustainable Development (Summer 2000)

Last Chance Landscapes (Spring 2000)
Funding Availability for ROSS Program (Spring 2000)

Brownfields Funding (Winter 2000)
Greenways Grants For Minnesota (Winter 2000)

Smart Growth Funders’ Network Launched (Fall 1999)

Help From The Trust for Public Land (Summer 1999)
EDA Gives Priority To Sustainable Projects (Summer 1999)
Kit of Sustainable Development Tools Available (Summer 1999)
Open Space Planning Resources (Summer 1999)
Engage Citizens in Envisioning Land Uses (Summer 1999)
Plan For Your Sustainable Downtown (Summer 1999)

Free Seminar Offers Introduction To GIS (Spring 1999)
Location Of Radon Hazards Pinpointed (Spring 1999)
Gulf War Instrument Cuts Brownfields Costs (Spring 1999)

New Model Planning Statutes Available (Winter 1999)
Indicators Of Sustainability Software (Winter 1999)
Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse Online (Winter 1999)
Sustainable Development Gateway Online (Winter 1999)
Discussion Guides On Sustainability Available (Winter 1999)

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