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A Guide to Community Visioning: Hands-On Information for Local Communities
American Planning Association - Oregon Chapter, 1993.

This guide provides information on a four-step visioning process which was used in Oregan. It provides real world examples and a variety of information that communities can easily transfer to their own needs.

For more information contact:
Steven C. Ames
Steven Ames Planning
325 SE 14th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-3000


Building Common Ground Kit
National 4-H Council, On Common Ground.

The "Building Common Ground" kit includes the following items: Facilitator Cards, Training Guide, Bring a Group Together: Module I; Communicating with a Group: Module II; Negotiating and Creative Problem Solving: Module III; Planning for Change: Module IV; Videos; Diskette: Know Your Community; Cassette: Workshop Medley (to play between workshop sessions); Custom Canvas Bag.

For more information contact:
4-H National Council
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-4999
(301) 961-2904
Fax (301) 961-2894


Building Sustainable Communities: An Environmental Guide for Local Government
The Global Cities Project, 1991.

The centerpiece of The Global Cities Project is its environmental guidebook which has been described as "a blueprint for local government environmental leadership in the 90s". The guide is published in a series of handbooks, with each handbook focusing on a specific environmental topic of local government responsibility, such as solid waste, water conservation, energy, transportation, etc. The guide gives local government officials the kind of "hands on" information they need to start their own programs. It may also serve as a resource for community leaders and businesses.

For more information contact:
The Global Cities Project
The Environmental Policy Center
2962 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 775-0791
Fax (415) 775-4159
e-mail: epc@globalcities.org


Clean Water in Your Watershed: A Citizen's Guide To Watershed Protection
Terrene Institute, 1993.

This easy-to-use guide gives community groups and environmental organizations information on assessing and protecting resources in their watershed. It provides information on community outreach, monitoring techniques and project recommendations.

For more information contact:
Terrene Institute
4 Herbert St.
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 548-5473


EcoCity Cleveland Journal: Ideas and Tools for a Sustainable Bioregion
EcoCity Cleveland.

This periodic publication brings ideas and information needed to create a more sustainable community to local citizens in the area. Although it is intended to inform and encourage citizens in the Cleveland, OH area, the information and recommendations can be readily transferred to other communities.

For more information contact:
EcoCity Cleveland Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
2841 Scarborough Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 932-6069


Guiding Growth - Building Better Communities & Protecting Our Countryside
Pennsylvania Environmental Council, 1992.

This guidebook, while especially relevant to Pennsylvania, provides information on options and recommended approaches for designing more livable communities and protecting environmental quality. A practical guide for use by community groups and local officials.

For more information contact:
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Southeastern Pennsylvania Office
117 South 17th Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-0250
Fax (215) 563-0528


Know Your Watershed
Conservation Technology Information Center.

This campaign encourages local communities to form voluntary watershed partnerships. A starter kit provides a variety of guides and a video to help get you started. The guides referenced in Green Communities include:

For more information contact:
Conservation Technology Information Center
1220 Potter Drive, Room 170
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1383
(317) 494-9555
Fax (317) 494-5969


Oregon Benchmarks: Standards for Measuring Statewide Progress and Institutional Performance
Oregon Progress Board. 1994.

Oregon Benchmarks are measurable indicators that Oregon uses at the state level to assess its progress toward broad strategic goals. The report includes topics concerning long-range thinking, issues that demand attention in the near future, benchmarks for people, quality of life, and economy. Oregon Benchmarks was one of the 1994 winners of the Innovations in Government Awards presented by the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

For more information contact:
Oregon Progress Board
775 Summer Street, N.E.
Salem, OR 97310
(503) 986-0039


Securing Your Future: Pathways to Community Sustainability
Izaak Walton League, 1995.

This document gives a clear overview of the meaning and benefits of pursuing sustainability. It also provides an outline of how to get started and ways to achieve sustainable solutions to local problems.

For more information contact:
Izaac Walton League of America Exit EPA Click for Disclaimer
707 Conservation Lane
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 548-0150


The Community Visioning and Strategic Planning Handbook
National Civic League, Denver, CO 1995.

This handbook describes a framework and design for communities to engage in a visioning process. It provides information on community participation, community profiling, developing action plans and implementing solutions.

For more information contact:
Alliance for National Renewal
1445 Market St., Suite 300
Denver, Co 80202
(800) 223-6004


Visions for New American Dream: Process, Principles, and an Ordinance to Plan and Design Small Communities
A. Nelessen, American Planning Association, 1994.

This volume provides guidelines to plan and design small communities including hamlets, villages, and neighborhoods in the urban fringe whether they are new or to be retrofitted. The recommendations are generic. Adaptation and variation will be required in the specific site application.

For more information contact:
American Planning Association
122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603

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