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Communities throughout the country are taking charge of their futures. People are crying "Let's Go!" with great results. Here are just a few case studies that we would like to share as they respond to the various issues in our Let's Go! Action Plans.
For more examples, visit Smart Communities Network
Pollution Prevention and Recycling
Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living
2820 West Front Street
Chester, PA 19013
Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living and the Campus Coalition Concerning Chester are working to solve the problems of environmental racism in this highly industrialized town just outside of Philadelphia.
P.O. Box 157
Walkerton, VA 23177
The Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Association of King and Queen County, VA, collaborating with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the National Association of Counties and the EPA, has successfully implemented a variety of actions to engage disenfranchised community members in a watershed/county-wide planning process.
Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research
2040 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201-4100
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, a project of the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research at Northwestern University, aims to promote capacity-building community development by focusing on the gifts and capacities of individuals, the vital role of associational life in communities, and the many resources of community institutions.
Montgomery County Conservation Corps
12210 Georgia Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902
This project helps turn around the lives of out-of- school and unemployed 17 to 23 year-old youth by putting them to work on local conservation, construction and beautification projects. Participating Corps members receive on-the-job training, life skills and environmental education through courses provided during the program.
Maryland Environmental Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023
This Village Protection Program helps citizens conserve the unique rural and natural character of Maryland's historic villages and small towns. The program focuses on protecting farmland, forests, natural resources and open spaces that surround the villages from development and incompatible use.
The Rural Historic Village Protection Program helps citizens conserve the unique rural and natural character of Maryland's historic villages and small towns. The program focuses on protecting farmland, forests, natural resources and open spaces that surround the villages from development and incompatible use.
Maryland Environmental Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023
tel: (410) 514-7904
fax: (410) 514-7919
Union County Planning Commission
1610 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 100
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837
City of Portland, Oregon's City Energy Challenge
The city of Portland is an active proponent of sustainability, with resource stewardship programs in land-use, watershed protection, pollution prevention, and energy efficiency and conservation. One of these efforts, the City Energy Challenge program, demonstrates an innovative approach to funding and implementing sustainability programs.
- Community Renewable Energy Programs
- Community Buildings Efficiency Programs
- Designing Community Energy Programs
- Demand Side Management Programs
- Community Industry Efficiency
- Programs Collections of Municipal Energy Success Stories
Green Builder Program Administrator
c/o Home Builders Association
of Metro Denver
1400 S. Emerson Street
Denver, Colorado 80210
303-778-1400 Fax 303-733-9440
Green Builder Program State Coordinator
c/o Planit Green
11960 West 60th Avenue
Arvada, Colorado 80004-4463
303-421-4889 Fax 303-421-4889
Rian Reed, Big Sandy Area Lakes Watershed Coordinator
DNR Fisheries Section
HCR3 Box 667
McGregor, MN 55760
A watershed of many uses, the Big Sandy Lake watershed covers 413 square miles in Aitkin, Carlton, and St. Louis counties in northern Minnesota. Water flows from forty-nine lakes and five rivers within the watershed to the Mississippi River. Watershed residents depend upon clean water to support drinking water supplies and healthy fish populations.
Rock Creek Rural Clean Water Program
Soil Conservation Service
634 Addison Ave. W.
Twin Falls, ID 83301
This project is one of five Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Rural Clean Water Program projects in the state of Idaho.
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Division of Water Quality
1617 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1617
Cost-effectiveness and targeting of agricultural best management practices is the focus of the Tar-Pamlico Basin nutrient trading program in North Carolina.
P. O. Box 10798
Eugene, OR 97440
The Pacific Rivers Council provides information on its Knowles Creek and Salmon-Safe agricultural/urban restoration projects.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection discusses several of its successful watershed protection efforts.
The Pacific Wellness Institute
California State University
Chico, CA 95929-0470
Healthy Chico Kids 2000 has been designated as a California Healthy City. Over 270 measurable year 2000 wellness objectives have been developed for children and youth, their families, and the community. The objectives cover nutrition, physical fitness, emotional well-being, social well-being, living safely, living lightly on the Earth, dental health, substance abuse prevention, responsible sexual behavior, and preventive health care.
HUD's Communities page features case studies, information on brownfields, a community topics links page, and a discussion room.
The mission of Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance (KCNA) is to build the capacity of neighborhoods to become safe, strong, stable, and attractive places where people are proud to live. KCNA works to put the pieces - construction workers, contractors, houses, developers, home buyers, and residents - together to form a complete picture of a healthy urban community. KCNA's primary strategy is to encourage community residents to take stock of their assets and work on solutions to problems together, and it believes the most important way to improve a community is through its residents, potential homeowners, and business leaders. These are the stakeholders willing to make the biggest investments. KCNA seeks to foster community investment by concentrating its services in four major areas: leadership training, homeownership training, development of rental housing, and targeted comprehensive community development.
1031 Palmers Mill Rd.
Media, PA 19063
"Creating Open Space Networks" [PDF, 4 pp., 131KB] by Randall Arendt, Natural Lands Trust. (Reprinted with permission. American Planning Association, Environment and Development, May/June 1996.) This publication describes a 4-step process to create open space networks through innovative subdivision designs.
Town of Dunn
4156 CTH B
Dunn Wisconsin's innovative land use plan implements growth control measures through zoning restrictions, lot size limits, conservation easements and the purchase of development rights to preserve the town's rural integrity, protect natural habitat, conserve resources, preserve open space and to maintain farming as the town's primary economic activity.
For other Land Use success stories, check out DOE's site.
626 South Meyer Avenue
Valmeyer, IL 62295
As the result of the Great Flood of 1993, 90 percent of Valmeyer's buildings were damaged beyond repair by the flooding of the Mississippi River. The County's regional planning committee drew up five options for the future. The community of about 900 decided it would rebuild on a 500-acre parcel on a nearby bluff. A Sustainable Redevelopment Team of national experts helped incorporate sustainable technologies into the new town's design including energy-efficient building construction and future renewable energy development.
Department of Community Affairs
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100
Membership in the Florida Sustainable Communities Network is open to all Florida communities that are working towards sustainability. Participating communities can participate in hands-on workshops and network with other members through personal contact and the Internet. Their web site includes a wide range of informative articles on sustainability.
Pollution Prevention and Recycling
Design for the Environment U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Design for the Environment (DfE) Program helps businesses incorporate environmental considerations into the design and redesign of products, processes, and technical and management systems.
ACT Department of Urban Services
P.O. Box 788
Civic Square ACT 2608
+61 2 62076323
The city of Canberra, Australia has set a goal of being a no-waste society by 2010. Its draft strategy calls for encouraging cleaner production methods and better landscape choices, incentives to encourage consumers to make environmentally friendly purchases, developing new markets for recovered resources, and requiring mandatory waste audits.
Check out current Industry Projects
For more case studies, visit Smart Communities Network
Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment and Wildlife Habitat. This document provides brief descriptions of a number of wetland wastewater treatment systems from across the country.
The Groundwater Foundation
PO Box 22558
Lincoln, NE 68542-2558
The Groundwater Guardian Program helps communities promote knowledge about groundwater issues and institute local groundwater protection plans. Interested communities apply to the Groundwater Foundation to become Groundwater Guardian Communities. Local and broad-based Groundwater Guardian Teams establish specific goals for their groundwater protection.
The Mothers of East Los Angeles - Santa Isabel's (MELA-IS) Ultra Low Flush Toilet Program Water Conservation Team employs local area students to identify eligible residents in low-income neighborhoods and to help install free ultra-low-flush toilets (ULFT's) in these residents' homes
Click here to view the US EPA publication: Protecting Sources of Drinking Water - Selected Case Studies in Watershed Management.
A Project of the Spanish Speaking Unity Council
Arabella Martinez, Chief Executive Officer
Spanish Speaking Unity Council
1900 Fruitvale Ave., Suite 2A
Oakland, CA 94601
tel: (510) 535-6900
fax: (510) 534-7771
The Fruitvale BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Transit Village is a mixed-use development on 15 - 24 acres that will promote transit usage, to revitalize both physically and economically an East Oakland inner city neighborhood and to provide jobs, affordable housing and accessible health and human services around the BART transit station. A model of "transit-based development," the Fruitvale Transit Village offers a unique approach to revitalizing this predominantly Hispanic and increasingly Asian low-income community.