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Sustainable Action Plans

City of Berkeley
2118 Milvia St., Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 705-8137

Natural path through wooded areaThe Berkeley City plan includes 71 recommendations in the areas of land use, open space, greening, agriculture, transportation, housing, energy, resources, pollution, social justice, and sustainable economics. The recommendations include encouraging mixed use development around transit and neighborhood centers, restoring damaged natural features, favoring foot, bicycle, and mass transit over vehicular traffic, creating affordable and socially and economically mixed housing, supporting local agriculture, supporting ecologically sound economic activity, promoting voluntary simplicity, and increasing environmental awareness through education.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Missy Crutchfield
Chattanooga Venture
506 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(615) 267-8687

The City of Chattanooga has become synonymous with sustainability. Their website offers information on what they have done, what they are doing, and what they plan to do to make Chattanooga a sustainable community.

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Boulder County Land Use Dept.
Annex Building
2045 13th St.
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
(303) 441-3930
Fax (303) 441-4856

Boulder has an expansive park and open space system as a result of the actions of environmentally aware citizens. This includes an eleven-mile greenway system that forms a secondary transportation corridor for walking, biking or skating. This effort started in 1959 when citizens of the city of Boulder suggested and approved the prohibition of any development on land above 5.750 feet of elevation.

This website provides information on Boulder County's Comprehensive Plan including goals, policies, & maps.

International Institute for Sustainable Development Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

Another excellent resource with case studies and other information including: announcements; calendar of events; information sources; contacts ; search engines; and a site guide.

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

Sustainable Communities Initiative
433 Chestnut Street
Beria, Kentucky 40403
(606) 986-2375
Fax (606) 986-1299
E-Mail: jgage@maced.org

This organization is developing a long-term strategy for sustainable community development decision-making at the local level. Their web site is comprehensive and is organized into the following categories: Sustainable Communities/ Economy-Ecology-Equity; Sustainable Community Initiatives; Sustainable Community Resources; Sustainable Community Library; and Sustainable Community Websites.

Sustainable CityExit EPA Click for Disclaimer

P.O. Box 460236
San Francisco, CA 94146
(415) 437-1899

The group Sustainable City is working towards a sustainable future for San Francisco. Before they developed their 5-year Sustainability Plan for the City of San Francisco, volunteers researched sustainability plans from around the world. The format developed uses the "general goals / specific objectives / actions" approach of the European Community's Agenda 21 Implementation Plan. Specific actions to be taken include actions for all sectors: government, business, non-profits, and individuals. Sustainable City.org no longer updates this website, but the following link offers information on current sustainability planning for San Francisco: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx.

Sustainable Seattle Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

514 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 622-3522

Sustainable Seattle is a volunteer network that started as a program of Metrocenter YMCA, and is now a non-profit organization. Its goals are:

Union County, Pa is the first county in the U.S. to be designated as a Green Community by the EPA. Read all about their successful community efforts.

Looking for ideas for ways to solve problems in your community? Here are good ideas that are working in communities around the country from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more case studies, check out the Sustainable Communities Network home page. Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer

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