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The following websites contain information on sustainable development, historic preservation, urban design, ecology and economic development.
A short description of the web content is provided. There are three categories in the list of websites: Planning and Land Use, Green Building, and Cultural.
Community Development and Environmental Websites
Trust for Public Land
Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) is the only national non-profit working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being. TPL helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.
TPL’s works with landowners, government agencies, and community groups to: create urban parks, gardens, greenways, and riverways; to build livable communities by setting aside open space in the path of growth; to conserve land for watershed protection, scenic beauty, and close-to-home recreation; to safeguard the character of communities by preserving historic landmarks and landscapes.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. They work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life – air, land and water – and to defend endangered natural places.
NRDC uses law, science, and the support of more than 400,000 members nationwide to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education and advocacy to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.
The Trust marked its 50th anniversary in 1999. Since its modest beginnings back in 1949, the Trust has become the private-sector leader of a vigorous and growing movement, with a staff numbering 300, an annual operating budget of $40 million, a nationwide network of regional offices, a collection of 20 historic sites, a loyal and dedicated membership numbering more than 250,000 people, as well as a wide range of programs, projects and services geared towards strengthening a sense of community and improving the quality of life.
Best Green Home Tips
Best Green Home Tips offers everything you need to stay green at home; from green building, to earth-friendly furniture, to gardening, to tips and how-tos for keeping it green.
The Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute that is supported and directed by its members. Its mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land organization. The Institute has long been recognized as one of Amerca’s most respected and widely quoted sources of objective information on urban planning, growth and development.
Enterprise Community Partners
Enterprise is a national non-profit housing and community development organization launched by Jim and Patty Rouse in 1982 to see that all low-income people in America have the opportunity for fit and affordable housing, and to move up and out of poverty into the mainstream of American life.
Congress for New Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. CNU takes a proactive, multi-disciplinary approach to restoring our communities. Members are the life of the organization – they are the planners, developers, architects, engineers, public officials, investors, and community activists who create and influence our built environment, transforming growth patterns from the inside out. Whether it’s bringing restorative plans to hurricane-battered communities in the Gulf Coast, turning dying malls into vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods, or reconnecting isolated public housing projects to the surrounding fabric, new urbanists are providing leadership in community building.
Project for Public Spaces
PPS’s staff is trained in environmental design, architecture, urban planning, urban geography, urban design, environmental psychology, landscape architecture, arts administration and information management. The staff also collaborates on projects with architecture, landscape architecture and engineering firms, graphic design firms, transportation consultants, retail planners and community organizations. All of our staff is committed to the cause of communities throughout the United States and abroad.
Green Building Sites
U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit community of leaders working to make green building available to everyone within a generation.
The Rocky Mountain Institute
The Rocky Mountain Institute is a nonprofit research and educational foundation with a vision across boundaries. Its mission is to foster the efficient and sustainable use of resources as a path to global security. The Institute creates—and helps individuals and the private sector to practice—new solutions to old problems, mainly by harnessing the problem-solving powers of market economics and of advanced techniques for resource efficiency.
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Since 1978, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has been a leader in promoting urban sustainability- the more effective us of existing resources and community assets to improve the health of natural systems and the wealth of people, today, and in the future.
CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, natural resources, and climate change.
The Environmental Building News
One of our favorite publications, EBN provides information on innovative environmentally responsible building products and practices.
Regional Plan Association
RPA is a New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state metropolitan regional planning association. This site contains up-to-date RPA information, maps, the Executive Summary of the Third Regional Plan and a list of important upcoming events.
The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: Strengthen American Democracy; Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system. Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.
First Nations Development Institute
First Nations Development Institute was founded in 1980 to help tribes build sound, sustainable reservation economies. First Nations helps tribal members mobilize enterprises that are reform-minded, culturally suitable and economically do-able. Their strategy coordinates local grass roots projects with national programs and policy development to build capacity for self-reliant reservation economies.
First Nations is helping to prepare a better future for Native Americans, and our understanding is part of their provision for getting from here to there.