Sustainability Toolkit

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  • Guidebook

    Guide to Equitable Climate Action Planning

    This guide provides tips on how to ensure your climate preparedness planning process is equitable and community driven

  • Website

    Sustainable Chesapeake Initiative

    This is the sustainability initiative website for Chesapeake, VA

  • Article/Blog Post

    Parks Without Borders

    See how New York is making their urban forest a priority and obtaining funding

  • Policy/Code

    Zero Net Energy Home Ordinance

    Lancaster adopts first Zero Net Energy Home Ordinance in California.

  • Article/Blog Post

    Partnership for Water Replenishment

  • Tool

    EPA Resilience Tool: Water/Wastewater Utils.

    EPA’s Route to Resilience Tool (RtoR) guides users through the process of building their own unique Roadmap to Resilience

  • Guidebook

    Resource Guide for Sustainability Committees

    APWA Center for Sustainability (C4S) Resource Guide for Chapter Sustainability Liaisons and Committees (2017)

  • Case Study

    Sustainable Pavement Preservation

    City of Eugene 2014 APWA Sustainable Practices application detailing methods to create a sustainable pavement preservation program.

  • Video

    ReImagine Phoenix: Circular Economy Video

    This video explains what the circular economy is and how Phoenix is leveraging it to become more sustainable

  • Policy/Code

    Eugene, OR: Climate Recovery Ordinance

    The City of Eugene adopted a Climate Recovery Ordinance that sets GHG reduction goals that are aligned with 350 ppm of CO2

  • Plan

    ONEPGH

    Pittsburgh's Resilience Strategy- ONEPGH. Released in March 2017, this strategy maps out the City's plans to become more resilient.

  • Article/Blog Post

    Steps to Improve our Urban Parks

    This article identifies three responses to help improve the mediocre grade of our nation’s urban parks

  • Plan

    Resilient Oakland Plan

    The City of Oakland, CA's resiliency plan developed as part of their engagement with the 100 Resilient Cities program.

  • Report

    Winter Bike Lane Maintenance

    A Review of National and International Best Practices by Alta Planning

  • Guidebook

    Urban Forest Mgmt Plan BMPs

    A guidance document to assist public works departments with creating and implementing an Urban Forest Management Plan.

  • Guidebook

    Urban Forestry Ordinances/Regulations

    A guidance document to introduce regulatory tools available to assist in the proactive management of urban forests.

  • Guidebook

    Urban Forestry Staffing BMPs

    A guidance document to help public works agencies staff and operate an efficient urban forestry planting and maintenance program.

  • Guidebook

    Urban Forestry Budgeting BMPs

    A guidebook to help public works agencies understand the financial aspects of managing an urban forestry program.

  • Guidebook

    Promoting Green Streets

    A guide to support city administrators, planners, designers, and environmental advocates in determining the potential - and developing strate...

  • Tool

    Green Infrastructure Toolkit

    A toolkit addressing common trends in the approaches various cities are taking to planning, implementing, and funding green infrastructure to...

  • Guidebook

    NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

    A blueprint for designing 21st century streets that are safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant.

  • Tool

    EPA Stormwater Planning Community Solutions

    A draft guide, toolkit, and technical assistance to promote comprehensive, community-wide planning approaches to manage stormwater.

  • Website

    The Atlas

    helps municipal leaders more efficiently find, compare, and procure real solutions to their most urgent resilience challenges.

  • Article/Blog Post

    Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

    A news article on industry responses to climate change.

  • Article/Blog Post

    The Business Case for Sustainability

    This brochure pulls together a variety of references to make the business case for sustainability, using IFC client examples.

  • Article/Blog Post

    Sustainability's Next Frontier

    This report looks at companies that “walk the talk” in addressing significant sustainability concerns.

  • Article/Blog Post

    Investing For a Sustainable Future

    This study on corporate sustainability presents an in-depth analysis of investors’ new ability to connect sustainability performance with c...

  • RFPs/RFQs

    Envirobidnet.com: Sample RFP, RFQs, etc

    Website for RFPs, RFQ, etc. Often, links are provided within project detail. No need to register to follow these links to RFPs, RFQs, etc.

  • RFPs/RFQs

    CivCast: Online Bidding System RFPs

    Website for civil engineers and government agencies, bid management and online bidding. Free registration. See sample RFP/RFQs.

  • RFPs/RFQs

    Virginia DOT: RFP's

    Current Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Requests for Proposals (RFP).

  • RFPs/RFQs

    Maine: Generic RFP Template

    Word Document template for a generic RFP. Created for use in Maine but useful elsewhere with some additional editing.

  • RFPs/RFQs

    Sample Public Engagement RFP/RFQs

    3 sample RFP/RFQs regarding different public engagement goals.

  • RFPs/RFQs

    EERE: Renewable Energy RFPs

    We post these closed solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power as a courtesy.

  • Website

    ICMA Knowledge Center: Documents

    The International City/County Management Association Knowledge Center contains all sorts of materials. Use the search function.

  • RFPs/RFQs

    MRSC: RFP/RFQ Sample Documents

    Sample RFPs and RFQs across a broad range of topics from the Municipal Research and Services Center.

  • Rating System

    Greenroads® Rating System

    A rating system for sustainability of transportation projects.

  • Tool

    EPA: SUSTAIN

    A decision support system for developing and implementing plans for flow and pollution control measures to protect source waters.

  • Tool

    EPA: National Stormwater Calculator

    A desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the US.

  • Guidebook

    EPA Green Infrastructure Municipal Handbook

    A collection of municipal best practices covering topics such as funding, incentives, green streets, rain harvesting, and retrofit policies.

  • Rating System

    AASHE: STARS Framework

    The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ is a self-reporting framework for colleges to measure sustainability performance.

  • Case Study

    Loveland, CO: Electric Vehicle Case Study

    A case study of the City of Loveland's integration of electric vehicles into their fleet.

  • Rating System

    EPA: Sustainable Water Utility Roadmap

    A document for water utility leaders highlighting 10 management areas, self-assessment checklists, and example practices for each area.

  • Report

    EPA: Sustainability Book for Water Utilities

    The Handbook describes planning steps utilities can take to ensure that investments are cost-effective over their life-cycle.

  • Website

    NRDC: Climate Water Preparedness State Guide

    NRDC website on improving climate change preparedness.

  • Report

    Toolbox for Water Utility Energy & GHG Mgmt

    Study assessing tools used by water agencies to measure GHG emissions, models that support these tools, and best practice strategies.

  • Case Study

    Lancaster, PA: Green Infrastructure Benefits

    A case study of the cost effectiveness of using green infrastructure as a solution to stormwater management.

  • Website

    Denver Urban Drainage Flood Control District

    UDFCD provides services related to floodplain mapping, flood safety, new developments, planning, design, construction, and maintenance.

  • Case Study

    Los Angeles: Humboldt Stormwater Greenway

    A case study on the City of Los Angeles' Humboldt Stormwater Greenway project.

  • Tool

    Workshop in a Box: Rural and Small Systems

    Materials to help rural and small systems administrators and technical assistance providers conduct various types of workshops.

  • Report

    Rural and Small Systems Water Utility Guide

    The Guidebook uses the EUM framework to help small systems assess their operations and develop a work plan for improving their performance.

  • Website

    Effective Water Utility Management

    Website and resources for utilities interested in using the 10 attributes and keys to management success.

  • Presentation

    APWA: Increasing Efficiency via Water Meters

    A presentation from 2012 on increasing water utility efficiencies, conservation, and revenues through meter technology.

  • Report

    ICMA: Smart Growth in Rural Communities

    A report focusing on smart growth strategies in rural areas that protect natural and working lands and preserve rural community character

  • Report

    ICMA: Small and Rural Places Sustainability

    A report by ICMA looking at the implementation of sustainable practices in small and rural places.

  • Case Study

    Arlington, TX: Pavement Sustainability Study

    A case study of the City of Arlington's implementation of a pavement management program.

  • Case Study

    Smaller Places Summit Resources Guide

    A series of case studies and resources supporting implementation of sustainability practices in rural communities.

  • Report

    Cities Infrastructure: Sustainability Report

    A report providing a comprehensive review of literature on the subject of sustainable cities.

  • Report

    Implementing Sustainability in Nova Scotia

    A practical guide with resources and examples. Bridge the gap between planning and implementing sustainability initiatives.

  • Website

    NCSC: The Best Complete Streets Policies

    A website highlighting the best complete streets policies from across the United States each year.

  • Report

    Lessons Learned from EV Readiness Projects

    A report for the US Department of Energy with lessons learned from 16 grant-funded projects advancing plug-in electric vehicles.

  • Case Study

    Bellingham, WA: Recycled Material Sidewalks

    The City of Bellingham's use of recycled porcelain, concrete rumble and waste stone as aggregate for new concrete flatwork.

  • Case Study

    Urbana, IL: Energy Efficiency Case Study

    A partnership between the City of Urbana, local utility and conservation groups to increase residential energy efficiency through audits.

  • Case Study

    Using Legal Tools to Protect Lake Champlain

    A case study of legal action taken by the Conservation Law Fund regarding climate impacts and Lake Champlain in Vermont.

  • Case Study

    Gainesville, FL: Water Quality Credit Trade

    A case study by the City of Gainesville Public Works and C4S on the City's stormwater detention basin credit program.

  • Case Study

    Value Engineering & Life Cycle Cost Analysis

    A case study by the APWA Engineering & Technology Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Utilizing “Greener” Practices in Parks

    A case study by the APWA Facilities & Grounds Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Pervious Surfaces to Reduce Stormwater

    A case study by the City of Dubuque, APWA Transportation Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Synthetic Lubricants for Vehicle Fleets

    A case study by the APWA Fleet Services Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Eugene, OR: Sustainable Road Improvements

    A case study by the City of Eugene Public Works, APWA Transportation Committee and C4S.

  • Case Study

    Sustainability Leaders as Storytellers

    A case study by the City of Denver Office of Sustainability and C4S

  • Case Study

    No Idling, No Top-Off Policy

    A case study by the APWA Fleet Services Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Rainwater Harvesting

    A case study by APWA Small Cities/Rural Communities and C4S

  • Case Study

    Public Works and Environmental Education

    A case study by the APWA Solid Waste Management Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Promoting Bicycling

    A case study by the APWA Transportation Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Sustainability Actions for Public Works

    A case study by the APWA International Affairs Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Winter Road Maintenance

    A case study by the APWA Engineering & Technology Committee, Leadership & Management Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Landscaping to Reduce Energy

    A case study by the APWA Facilities & Grounds Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Implementing Green Infrastructure

    A case study by C4S

  • Case Study

    Hazard Mitigation Planning

    A case study by the APWA Emergency Management Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Energy and Waste Reduction in Buildings

    A case study by the APWA Facilities & Grounds Committee, Engineering & Technology Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Deploying Advanced Metering Infrastructure

    A case study by the APWA Water Resources Management Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Phoenix, ASU Turning Trash to Resources

    A case study by the APWA Solid Waste Management Committee and C4S

  • Case Study

    Building a Green Team

    A case study by the City of Cape May and C4S

  • Case Study

    Building a Flexible and Efficient Fleet

    A case study by the APWA Fleet Services Committee, Engineering & Technology Committee and C4S

  • RFPs/RFQs

    RFP: LED Streetlights & Acquisition

    A Request for Proposals from Huntington Beach, CA to acquire their streetlights from the utility and retrofit them to LEDs.

  • Report

    The New Climate Economy Report

    A report examining how to achieve lasting economic growth while also tackling the risks of climate change.

  • Program

    Safe Routes To School (SR2S)

    Information about SR2S programs to help decision-makers determine how to allocate scarce resources and assure positive outcomes from SR2S eff...

  • Rating System

    Envision

    Envision provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes o...

  • Program

    Landfill Methane Outreach Program

    US EPA's Landfill Methane program

  • Report

    Planning for Flood Recovery & Resilience

    A report discussing smart growth and sustainable approaches in Vermont that can help communities be more resilient to future flooding.

  • Article/Blog Post

    It’s Getting Hot in Here

    A review of 'Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet' (Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman)

  • Guidebook

    Fed. Infrastructure Planning & Design Guide

    This Guide provides infrastructure predevelopment (planning and design) guiding principles; case studies highlighting federal, state and loca...

  • Website

    America Walks Technical Resources

    Best practices for creating a built environment that makes walking a safe, enjoyable, and rational choice for short journeys.

  • Website

    U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

    A framework and tools to understand and address climate issues that impact people and their communities.

  • Guidebook

    On-Road Bike Networks & Resurfacing Project

    The workbook highlights existing guidance, justifications, and best practices for providing bikeways during resurfacing projects.

  • Report

    Seattle: Health & Equity Assessment

    An assessment of the most important determinants of equity and opportunity examines differences in resident access to them.

  • Tool

    OPTIONs Community Engagement Workbook

    Seven worksheets designed to help community groups organize effective public outreach.

  • Video

    Nature Works Everywhere: Garden Lesson Plan

    A video and associated lesson plan (grades 3-12) on gardening lessons. Can help plan community events.

  • Tool

    Trees are the Key Toolkit

    Online resource center and toolkit to provide common language for discussing urban forestry issues.

  • Program

    Urban Waters Federal Partnership

    Reconnecting urban communities and improving coordination among federal agencies.

  • Report

    Outside Our Doors

    Panoramic view of how cities and towns benefit from nature.

  • Tool

    I-Tree

    Software suite from USDA Forest Service providing urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools.

  • Website

    Trees are Good

    Educational information about the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees.

  • Report

    Green Cities, Good Health

    Overview of evidence of human health benefits of urban forestry.

  • Case Study

    Urban Forests Case Studies

    12 cities throughout the country to compile lessons learned.

  • Tool

    Urban Forestry Data South Process/GIS Tool

    Narrative discussion of UTRI that includes an over, GIS data, model step-by-step

  • Tool

    Urban Forestry South VRMP Verify Worksheet

    Template for creating the UTRI field inspection worksheet.

  • Tool

    Urban Forestry South Veg Risk Man Plan

    Template to help increase public safety after storm event.

  • Tool

    Society of Municipal Arborists Green Comm'ty

    Urban Forestry BMPs for arborists and planners.

  • Tool

    Society of Municipal Arborists Accreditation

    The "Gold Standard" for municipal tree care and urban forestry programs.

  • Tool

    NARC Solar Ready BMPs

    Solar best management practices, including resources and examples ranging from zoning code improvements.

  • Tool

    Interactive Primer: Water/Wastewater

    This interactive primer is based on Effective Utility Management: A Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities.

  • Report

    Social Cost of Carbon

    An update to the schedule of social cost of carbon estimates from the 2010 interagency technical support document

  • Article/Blog Post

    Economic Effects of Climate Change

    A review of the literature on the economic impacts of climate change, an externality that is unprecedentedly large, complex, and uncertain.

  • Guidebook

    Building Energy Performance

    Information to help building owners measure and track energy use, and benchmark the energy performance of their buildings.

  • Tool

    USDOT: Transportation and Health Tool

    Information and resources to help understand the links between transportation and health and identifies strategies to improve health

  • Case Study

    Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks

    This report provides an overview of pedestrian and bicycle network principles and highlights examples from communities across the country.

  • Program

    Mutual Aid for Water Utilities

    Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) program emergency response and recovery resources for "utilities helping utilities".

  • Report

    Resilient Cities: Grosvenor Research Report

    A report on the resilience of cities based on vulnerability and adaptive capacity.

  • Website

    Fed FUNDS – Find Funding Opportunities

    Federal Funding for Utilities in National Disasters (FedFUNDS) helps identify pre- and post-disaster funding opportunities for water utilitie...

  • Tool

    EPA's Incident Action Checklists

    Ten "rip & run” style checklists to facilitate emergency preparedness, response and recovery actions for water and wastewater utilities.

  • Video

    Water Utility Response On-The-Go Video

    A video about how EPA’s Water Utility Response On-The-Go mobile website can be used to improve how water utilities respond to an incident.

  • Website

    Water Utility Response On-The-Go

    A mobile website to consolidate, and make accessible from field, critical information and tools that water utility operators and their respon...

  • Guidebook

    EPA's Flood Resilience Guide

    This tool leads water and wastewater utilities through a four-step process to help them understand flood risks and identify mitigation option...

  • Tool

    EPA's Water Utility Public Awareness Kit

    This kit includes an infographic poster, mailers, video, web and print public service announcements about the value of water services.

  • Tool

    EPA: Water Contamination Exercise Toolbox

    EPA’s Exercise Development Toolbox (EDT) helps drinking water utilities prepare for responding to a drinking water contamination incident.

  • Guidebook

    Power Resilience Guide for Water Utilities

    The guide from EPA summarizes some of the best practices, case studies, and tips shared at seven workshops held throughout the country.

  • Guidebook

    FHWA Guide Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities

    The Guide addresses needs and resources for pedestrian facility maintenance.

  • Video

    Water - What is it Worth To You?

    This video highlights how drinking water and wastewater utilities ensure that millions of Americans have clean and safe water.

  • Guidebook

    Drought Response and Recovery Guide

    This interactive guide provides key resources for responding to drought emergencies and building long-term resilience.

  • Guidebook

    FHWA Climate Change Adaptation Guide

    This guide provides resources to transportation agencies about the risks that climate change poses and actions that can help reduce those ris...

  • Presentation

    Transportation Resiliency: FHWA Activities

    A presentation detailing best practices from Climate Resilience Pilot programs around the country.

  • Guidebook

    FHWA Roundabout Design Guidelines

    This guide provides transportation professionals and the public the wide range of potential applications of roundabout intersections.

  • Program

    EPA Brownfields Program

    This program provides grants and technical assistance to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.

  • Website

    100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas

    This resource from BMW Guggenheim Lab offers 100 contextualized definitions that apply to the way we understand, design, and live in cities.

  • Website

    EPA Energy Star Training

    Energy efficiency training on ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and guidance on improving the energy performance of buildings and plants.

  • Tool

    Energy Star Portfolio Manager

    An online tool to measure and track building energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Rating System

    USDOT: FHWA INVEST

    A web-based self-evaluation tool comprised of voluntary sustainability best practices which cover the full lifecycle of transportation servic...

  • Tool

    NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

    Provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.

  • Article/Blog Post

    A Cost Curve for Greenhouse Gas Reduction

    An article about a global study of the size and cost of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Tool

    Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool)

    Measures the core features and qualities of the built environment that affect health, especially walking, biking, and physical activity.

  • Report

    Cost of Delaying Action on Climate Change

    A report examining the economic consequences of delaying implementing policies to reduce the pace and ultimate magnitude of climate change

  • Website

    EPA: Smart Growth Resources

    A website with smart growth tools, resources and technical assistance.

  • Tool

    (Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook

    Re-invigorate and strengthen neighborhood centers of economy, culture, and history through a smart growth approach to development.

  • Tool

    Baltimore, MD: Green Registry

    Interactive map that allows Baltimore organizations and individual residents to register and map their greening activities on vacant land.

  • Tool

    Baltimore, MD: The Green Pattern Book

    Assembles guidelines, resources and tools that can help neighborhoods create and maintain green space from vacant lots.

  • Program

    FEMA Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities

    A set of Fact Sheets developed to provide high-level technical information and requirements for Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities.

  • Tool

    EPA: Green Infrastructure Resources

    A website with tools, resources and technical assistance.

  • Tool

    Delta Institute Green Infrastructure Toolkit

    This toolkit aims to help municipal managers and decision-makers begin the process of implementing green infrastructure in their community.

  • Tool

    WRF Utility Management Benchmarking Tool

    A spreadsheet tool to help water and wastewater utilities evaluate their current and desired levels of performance.

  • Report

    WRF: Perf Benchmarking for Water Utilities

    Best practices and metrics used by water utilities to support each of the ten attributes of effectively managed water utilities.

  • Tool

    EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU)

    Resources for water utility managers including tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate change.

  • Tool

    WRF Knowledge Portals

    Topic-specific research areas that provide access to synthesized summary information and detailed reports on top water industry issues.

  • Tool

    WRF Leak Repair Data Collection Guide

    An open source spreadsheet designed to aid the industry in collecting consistent failure data.

  • Tool

    WRF Leakage Component Analysis Model (LCA)

    Spreadsheet tool that works with the AWWA Free Water Audit Software to conduct leakage component analysis and others tasks.

  • Tool

    AWWA Water Audit Software Compiler v5 (2014)

    A spreadsheet that works with the AWWA Free Water Audit Software to help agencies to easily aggregate and analyze large data sets.

  • Tool

    AWWA Free Water Audit Software v5.0 (2014)

    A software audit program for water loss control in water utilities.

  • Report

    Adapting Infrastructure to Changing Climate

    This report identifies the technical requirements and civil engineering challenges raised by adaptation to a changing climate.

  • Tool

    Coastal Resilience: Hazard Mapping Tools

    A web-based mapping tool that helps communities understand their vulnerability from coastal hazards, reduce risk and find solutions.

  • Video

    Climate Change & Nature's Role in Resilience

    This set of activities explores the relationship between weather and climate with students using local data to derive their own definitions.

  • Video

    Sustainable Cities: Nature in Urban Design

    Learn about sustainability in the urban context, incuding the challenges facing cities and the ecosystem services provided by nature.

  • Video

    Nature Works: How Natural Areas Filter Water

    In this video lesson, learn about the importance of water quality for human health and agriculture.

  • Report

    NLC: Bright Spots in Community Engagement

    The National League of Cities report explores 14 communities and their experiments with a variety of community engagement efforts.

  • Tool

    Eugene, OR: Triple Bottom Line Analysis Tool

    A simple tool for evaluation of social equity, environmental health and economic prosperity of a proposal or project.

  • Website

    CDC: Healthy Places Toolkit

    This toolkit can help planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process.

  • Report

    Improving Resiliency: Green Infrastructure

    EPA 2-pager on the use of green infrastructure. Includes examples from Milwaukee, New Jersey, Nashville, and Pima County, AZ.

  • Tool

    Sustainable Design: Green Building Toolkit

    A suite of design and development regulations that identify and remove permitting barriers for sustainable site design and green building.

  • Plan

    Palm Bay, FL: Sustainability Master Plan

    Sustainability plan for the City of Palm Bay Florida.

  • Website

    NARC Solar Ready II (SRII)

    A website highlighting best practices in planning for and implementing solar energy in a community.

  • Tool

    AVoided Emissions geneRation Tool (AVERT)

    A tool designed to evaluate emissions displaced at electric power plants by energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs.

  • Report

    Climate Actions in America’s Cities

    A 2014 US Conference of Mayors survey of climate mitigation and adaptation action in 282 American cities.

  • Tool

    Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer

    A Toolkit to build adaptive capacity for sea level changes on Canada's south coast.

  • Plan

    The Oregon Resilience Plan

    A plan to reduce risk and improve recovery for the next Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami.

  • Plan

    Albany, NY Climate Adaptation Plan

    City of Albany, NY's Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan.

  • Rating System

    SITES® Rating System

    SITES is a sustainability-focused framework aimed at protecting ecosystems and enhancing the benefits they continuously provide.

  • Rating System

    LEED Rating System

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a system focused on improving the performance of buildings from planning through operation.

  • Rating System

    STAR Community Rating System (STAR)

    STAR is a rating system, built by local governments, to assess community sustainability, set targets for moving forward, and track progress.

  • Video

    Nature Works Everywhere: Urban Trees

    A video and associated lesson materials (grades 6-8) on the benefits of trees in an urban environment.

  • Video

    Planting Success in Louisville

    Louisville Metro Council Member Cheri Bryant Hamilton shows how planting trees is helping her city.

  • Policy/Code

    Chicago IL: Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

    A resource of the Chicago Forward Action Agenda that defines a process to ensure streets and transportation infrastructure are sustainable.

  • Website

    NARC Online Livability Portal

    A collection of online resources focused on creating and achieving a community livability vision. National Association of Regional Councils.

  • Website

    US EPA Climate & Energy Resources

    An overview of GHG emissions reduction strategies that address energy efficiency, transportation, solid waste, and renewable energy.

  • Tool

    Climate Smart Resiliency Planning

    A climate change resiliency planning evaluation tool for New York State communities.

  • Plan

    Keene, NH: Climate Adaptation Plan

    A community-wide climate change adaptation plan for the City of Keene, New Hampshire.

  • Guidebook

    Halifax Climate SMART Community Action Guide

    Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Community Action Guide to Climate Change and Emergency Preparedness

  • Tool

    EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

    A flood resilience checklist to help communities prepare for a possible flood.

  • Case Study

    Charlotte City Hall Renovation

    A case study on the City of Charlotte's energy efficient renovation of their historic City Hall.

  • Case Study

    Charlotte Sustainable Police Facility

    A case study on how the Charlotte Police facility was designed and constructed under the City’s Policy for Sustainable City Facilities.