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Sustainable Action Plans
City of Berkeley
2118 Milvia St., Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94704
The 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.
506 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
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.
Boulder County Land Use Dept.
2045 13th St.
P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
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.
Another excellent resource with case studies and other information including: announcements; calendar of events; information sources; contacts ; search engines; and a site guide.
Sustainable Communities Initiative
433 Chestnut Street
Beria, Kentucky 40403
Fax (606) 986-1299
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.
P.O. Box 460236
San Francisco, CA 94146
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 links offer information on current sustainability planning for San Francisco: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx and http://www.sfenvironment.org/index.html .
514 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98109
Sustainable Seattle is a volunteer network that started as a program of Metrocenter YMCA, and is now a non-profit organization. Its goals are:
- To influence local actions that move Seattle in the direction of sustainability.
- To publish and apply indicators and track progress.
- To educate and inform citizens and leaders.
- To establish sustainability as a significant factor in decisions.
- To provide a forum for cross-community dialog.
- To serve as a resource center.
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.