An official website of the United States government.

We've made some changes to EPA.gov. If the information you are looking for is not here, you may be able to find it on the EPA Web Archive or the January 19, 2017 Web Snapshot.

Smart Growth

Smart Growth Publications

Search for a publication title (Ctrl-F in most browsers), or sort publications by title, category, location, type, or date. Categories are:

Publication types are: brochure, grant product, report, technical assistance report, and tool.

For a quick list of our most popular publications, see Free Smart Growth Publications from EPA and Smart Growth Network Partners. For hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 to request EPA 231-F-06-008.

Title

Category

Locations

Type

Date

2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2015 award winners were Jackson Walk in Jackson, TN; City of Hamilton and Historic Developers Public-Private Partnership in Hamilton, OH; and Riverfront Park in Newark, NJ.

Top of Page

Awards

New Jersey
Ohio
Tennessee

  2015

2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2013 award winners were Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta, GA; Historic Millwork District and Washington Neighborhood in Dubuque, IA; GO TO 2040 in the Chicago region; La Valentina in Sacramento, CA; and Charles City Riverfront Park in Charles City, IA. Honorable mentions: Lower Eastside Action Plan in Detroit and Via Verde in New York City.

Top of Page

Awards

California
Georgia
Illinois
Iowa
New York
Michigan

2013

2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2012 award winners were the BLVD Transformation in Lancaster, CA; the Cooperative Building in Brattleboro, VT; Destination Portsmouth in Portsmouth, VA; and the Mariposa District in Denver, CO. Honorable mentions: Larkin District in Buffalo, NY; Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Fund in the San Francisco region; and Northwest Gardens in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-12-002.

Top of Page

Awards

California
Colorado
Florida
New York
Vermont
Virginia

 

2012

2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2011 award winners were Old North St. Louis Revitalization Initiative in St. Louis, MO; Silver Gardens Apartments in Albuquerque, NM; Plan El Paso 2010 in El Paso, TX; Maroney Commons in Howard, SD; and Uptown Normal Roundabout in Normal, IL.. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-11-002.

Top of Page

Awards

Illinois
Missouri
New Mexico
South Dakota
Texas

2011

2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2010 award winners were Smart.Growth@NYC in New York City; Miller's Court in Baltimore, MD; Making the Greatest Place in the Portland, OR, region; Gateway 1 Corridor Action Plan in Maine; Mint Plaza in San Francisco, CA. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-10-001.

Top of Page

Awards

California
Maine
Maryland
New York
Oregon

  2010

2009 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2009 award winners were Envision Lancaster County, PA; Urban Street Design Guidelines in Charlotte, NC; Parkside of Old Town in Chicago, IL; and the Tempe Transportation Center in Tempe, AZ.

Top of Page

Awards

Arizona
Illinois
North Carolina
Pennsylvania

  2009

2008 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2008 award winners were Downtown Silver Spring Redevelopment Project in Silver Spring, MD; Livable Centers Initiative in the Atlanta region; Egleston Crossing in Roxbury, MA; and Mission Creek Senior Community in San Francisco, CA.

Top of Page

Awards

California
Georgia
Maryland
Massachusetts

  2008

2007 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2007 award winners were New Columbia in Portland, OR; High Point Redevelopment in Seattle, WA; Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; Balanced Growth Through Downtown Revitalization in Hyannis, MA; and the Abyssinian Neighborhood Project in New York City.

Top of Page

Awards

Massachusetts
New York
Oregon
Vermont
Washington

 

2007

2006 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2006 award winners were the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development; Old Town Wichita, KS; the commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Fresh Food Financing Initiative; Winooski, VT, Downtown Redevelopment Project; and Bethel Center in Chicago, IL.

Top of Page

Awards

Illinois
Kansas
Massachusetts
Pennsylvania
Vermont

  2006

2005 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2005 award winners were Highlands' Garden Village in Denver, CO; Belmar in Lakewood, CO; Central District Specific Plan in Pasadena, CA; Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill Redevelopment in Redding, CT; and Baldwin Park in Orlando, FL.

Top of Page

Awards

California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida

 

2005

2004 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2004 award winners were the Town of Davidson, NC; Southside Neighborhood in Greensboro, NC; Accessory Dwelling Unit Program in Santa Cruz, CA; Sacramento Region Blueprint; and San Juan Pueblo Master Plan in San Juan Pueblo, NM.

Top of Page

Awards

California
New Mexico
North Carolina

 

2004

2003 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2003 award winners were the Livable Communities Program in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region; The Village at NTC in San Diego, CA; Housing Enhancement Loan Program in Cuyahoga County, OH; the state of Georgia's Quality Growth Program in GA; and Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School in Raleigh, NC.

Top of Page

Awards

California
Georgia
Minnesota
North Carolina
Ohio

 

2003

2002 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Booklet
The 2002 award winners were the Rosslyn-Ballston Metro Corridor in Arlington County, VA; Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge, CO; Transit Oriented Development Incentive Program in San Mateo County, CA; and the commonwealth of Massachusetts' Community Preservation Initiative.

Top of Page

Awards

California
Colorado
Massachusetts
Virginia

 

2002

Attracting Infill Development in Distressed Communities
Helps distressed communities determine their readiness to pursue infill development and identify strategies to better position themselves to attract infill development.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

 

Tool

2015

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development
Discusses how barriers to infill development that discourage developers are often surmountable and are diminishing as infill development becomes more common.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Report

2014

Managing Vacant and Abandoned Property in the Green Zone of Saginaw, Michigan
Report from the EPA technical assistance project with Saginaw to develop a land use and infrastructure strategy that stabilizes neighborhoods through the sustainable reuse of abandoned properties.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Michigan

Technical Assistance Report

2014

Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownfields for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities
Step-by-step guide to help tribes overcome policy and other barriers to redevelopment of contaminated and vacant sites.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

New Mexico

Tool

2013

Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions: 2012 Edition
Demonstrates that infill has become a significant portion of the U.S. housing market and that significant opportunities remain for regions that want to use smart growth strategies to pursue more infill development.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Report

2012

From Vacancy to Vibrancy Exit
Smart Growth America.
Outlines how to build financial and political support to reclaim and redevelop abandoned gas stations, auto body shops, and industrial facilities. Includes information about state and federal brownfield program requirements, brownfield redevelopment financing strategies, and multi-site planning techniques.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

 

Grant Product

2012

Restructuring the Commercial Strip: A Practical Guide for Planning the Revitalization of Deteriorating Strip Corridors
ICF International and Freedman Tung & Sasaki.
Provides guidance on coordination of public and private investments and essential planning and design strategies to create a multimodal transportation system and thriving neighborhoods.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Tool

2010

Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions 2010
Updates 2009 report analyzing residential building trends to determine if there has been a shift toward redevelopment and in which regions the shift has been most significant.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Report

2010

Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions 2009
Analyzes residential building trends to determine if there has been a shift toward redevelopment and in which regions the shift has been most significant.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Report

2009

Measuring the Air Quality and Transportation Impacts of Infill Development
Illustrates how regions can calculate the transportation and air quality benefits of infill, based on standard transportation forecasting models used by metropolitan planning organizations across the country. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-07-001.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Report

2007

Gateways Revitalization Strategy
Lancaster County Planning Commission.
Provides a vision and a set of achievable goals for the revitalization of 600 acres of land near the Amtrak station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Pennsylvania

Grant Product

2007

Stimulating Infill and Brownfield Development in the Land-of-Sky Region
Land-of-Sky Regional Council.
Analyzes barriers to infill and brownfield redevelopment in a four-county region in western North Carolina and proposes possible policy solutions.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

North Carolina

Grant Product

2007

Turning Bases Into Great Places: New Life for Closed Military Facilities
A look at the challenges facing communities following the closing of a military base and solutions for turning those facilities into valuable assets.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Report

2006

Connecting Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment Exit
Center for Environmental Policy and Management, University of Louisville.
Examines planning strategies, financing options, and institutional practices that can help promote brownfield redevelopment.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Kentucky

Grant Product

2006

Policy Lessons from the Coastal Brownfield Development of Fields Point, Providence, Rhode Island
Save the Bay, Inc.
Analyzes the regulatory and policy context for redeveloping coastal brownfields in Rhode Island.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Rhode Island

Grant Product

2006

Redevelopment Ready Communities: Best Practices and Scoring System
Michigan Suburbs Alliance.
Encourages older suburbs to become more competitive by making the development process simpler and more efficient. Includes a scoring system to rate a community's redevelopment climate and strategies to improve it. Grant product.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Michigan

Tool

2006

Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions: Recovering a Community's Hidden Assets
Envision Utah.
A compendium of tips, procedures, and other information to help brownfields redevelopment.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Utah

Grant Product

2006

Vacant Properties: The True Costs to Communities (PDF) (24 pp, 496 K, About PDF) Exit
National Vacant Properties Campaign.
Summarizes research on the costs of vacant and abandoned properties and highlights local programs that recapture the value in these properties.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

 

Grant Product

2005

Smart Growth for Brownfields Redevelopment: A Brownfields Screening Tool
City of Chicago.
Presents screening tools to evaluate and identify brownfield sites that can be economically cleaned up and redeveloped using smart growth principles. Grant product.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Illinois

Tool

2005

Comparing Methodologies to Assess Transportation and Air Quality Impacts of Brownfields and Infill Development (49 pp, 1.3 M, About PDF)
Compares methodologies to evaluate the benefits of infill development when preparing State Implementation Plans and transportation conformity determinations.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

  Report

2001

The Transportation and Environmental Impacts of Infill Versus Greenfield Development: A Comparative Case Study Analysis (PDF) (35 pp, 382 K, About PDF)
Models the transportation and environmental impacts of locating the same development on two sites, one infill and one suburban edge/ greenfield, and compares the results. This analysis was conducted in three regions: San Diego, CA; Montgomery County, MD; and West Palm Beach, FL.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

California
Florida
Maryland

Report

1999

Project XL and Atlantic Steel: Supporting Environmental Excellence and Smart Growth (10 pp, 707 K, About PDF)
A summary of the environmental benefits of redeveloping the Atlantic Steel site into the smart growth community Atlantic Station.

Top of Page

Brownfields and Infill Development

Georgia

Report

1999

Local Foods, Local Places Toolkit: A Guide to Help Communities Revitalize Using Local Food Systems
Toolkit to help communities use local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Provides step-by-step instructions for planning and hosting a community workshop and creating an action plan.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development   Tool 2017

Framework for Creating a Smart Growth Economic Development Strategy: A Tool for Small Cities and Towns
Step-by-step guide to building a place-based economic development strategy, intended for small and mid-sized cities, particularly those that have limited population growth, areas of disinvestment, and/or a struggling economy. 

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development   Tool 2016

How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies
Report examining case studies of small towns and cities that used their existing assets and distinctive resources to pursue economic development.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

Oregon
Georgia
Iowa
Kansas
New York
Kentucky
Virginia

Report

2015

Using Smart Growth Strategies to Foster Economic Development: A Kelso, Washington, Case Study
Report from the EPA technical assistance project to develop a smart growth economic development strategy for Kelso.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

Washington

Technical Assistance Report

2015

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development
Discusses how barriers to infill development that discourage developers are often surmountable and are diminishing as infill development becomes more common.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

  Report

2014

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments
Discusses smart growth approaches local governments can use to lower costs and/or increase revenue.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

  Report

2014

Smart Growth and Economic Success: The Business Case
Discusses how locations with housing and transportation options, a mix of uses close together, and a high quality of life can improve environmental outcomes while providing economic advantages for businesses.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

  Report

2013

Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Governments
Outlines the benefits of smart growth development for developers, businesses, local government, and other groups.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

  Report

2012

Market Acceptance of Smart Growth
Compares resale prices for single-family houses and townhouses in smart growth developments with units in conventional developments that are equivalent in terms of size, age, amenities, and location.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

  Report

2011

Smart Growth & Conventional Suburban Development: An infrastructure case study completed for the EPA
Jonathan Ford, P.E.
Discusses a study that found that infrastructure costs for traditional neighborhood development scenarios were consistently less than conventional suburban development.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development     2010

Placemaking: Creating the Product
Victor Dover.
Discusses how features that make smart growth neighborhoods smart also make them desirable and command a premium from homebuyers.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

   

2009

The Market for Smart Growth
Gregg Logan, Stephanie Siejka, and Shyam Kannan.
Review of studies of consumer demand for smart growth that finds that about one-third of homebuyers would prefer a smart growth neighborhood.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

   

2009

The Market Acceptance of Single-Family Housing Units in Smart Growth Communities
Mark J. Eppli and Charles C. Tu.
Finds that people are willing to pay more money for a home in a smart growth project than a similar house in a typical suburban development.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

   

2009

Branding and Marketing Smart Growth Communities
Jackie Benson.
Discusses how to market the safety, convenience, and other benefits of smart growth communities.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

   

2009

Production-Built Homes: The Cost Advantages of Smart Growth
Jason Miller.
Compares the cost efficiencies of production-built, single-family, detached housing units in smart growth communities and conventional suburban development.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

   

2008

Economic Development and Smart Growth (PDF) (50 pp, 2.7 M, About PDF) Exit
International Economic Development Council.
Highlights the connections between smart growth and economic outcomes such as job growth, occupancy rates, tax base, and private investment. Uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

 

Grant Product

2006

Smart Growth is Smart Business (PDF) (72 pp, 876 K, About PDF) Exit
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals and Smart Growth Leadership Institute.
Identifies successful companies that promote smart growth and bring vitality and prosperity to their communities.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

 

Grant Product

2004

Profiles of Business Leadership on Smart Growth: New Partnerships Demonstrate the Economic Benefits of Reducing Sprawl (PDF) (95 pp, 1.6 MB, About PDF) Exit
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals.
Examples of businesses that have taken the lead in improving the quality of development in their communities.

Top of Page

Business and Economic Development

 

Grant Product

1999

Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change
Guide that describes specific changes communities could make to their land use and building policies to prepare for climate change while gaining other environmental, economic, health, and social benefits in the short and long terms.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy   Tool 2017

Planning Framework for a Climate-Resilient Economy
Framework to help communities assess how climate change could affect their economy, improve their economic resilience, and take advantage of new opportunities.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy Rhode Island Tool 2016

Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area
Report from a technical assistance project with the Association of Bay Area Governments to incorporate resilience to natural hazards and climate change into regional and local land use planning.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy

California Technical Assistance Report 2015

District-Scale Energy Planning
Report from a technical assistance project with the city and county of San Francisco to explore how the public sector could facilitate and provide incentives to establish district-scale energy systems that meet local goals.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy California Technical Assistance Report 2015

Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region
Report from a technical assistance project with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that gives local governments policy options to consider when preparing for climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and social goals.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy

Maryland
Virginia
Washington, D.C.

Technical Assistance Report

2013

Strategies for Sustainable Communities: A Guidebook Based on California Community Types 
Product from the EPA technical assistance project to help California's Strategic Growth Council create a framework to help local governments determine what combination of greenhouse gas reduction strategies, smart growth practices, and sustainability policies are best for their type of community.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy

California

Tool

2011

Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Report
Report from a project in which EPA and FEMA worked with state and local leaders in Iowa to figure out how the latest science on changing weather patterns due to climate change could be integrated into local and state planning efforts to adapt to and mitigate future natural disasters.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy

Iowa

Report

2011

Location Efficiency and Housing Type - Boiling it Down to BTUs
Jonathan Rose Companies for EPA.
Finds that a home's location and access to transit are as important to reducing energy use as are energy-efficiency measures in homes and cars.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy

  Report

2011

Getting Smart About Climate Change Exit
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Outlines nine strategies for applying smart growth principles to climate change concerns on the local and regional levels.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy

 

Grant Product

2010

Local Climate and Energy Strategy Guide — Smart Growth
Describes how smart growth strategies can help local governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life.

Top of Page

Climate Change and Energy

   

2010

Collaborating on Greensboro's Future: The University Roundtable and Next Steps
Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help Greensboro, North Carolina, engage its universities in a collaborative effort to improve community and economic development.

Top of Page

Colleges and Universities

North Carolina

Technical Assistance Report

2008

Communities of Opportunity: Smart Growth Strategies for Colleges and Universities (PDF) Exit (download starts automatically) (48 pp, 39 MB, About PDF)
National Association of College and University Business Officers and Ayers Saint Gross.
Discusses how colleges and universities can use smart growth strategies to improve their campuses and the communities in which they are located.

Top of Page

Colleges and Universities

   

2007

Spokane's University District: Policy Options for a New Urban Center
Report on the EPA technical assistance project to help the city of Spokane develop options to advance its vision for its University District.

Top of Page

Colleges and Universities

Washington

Technical Assistance Report

2007

Teaching Smart Growth at Colleges and Universities
Sample course prospectuses from professors teaching smart growth-related classes.

Top of Page

Colleges and Universities

   

2006

Partnerships for Smart Growth: University-Community Collaboration for Better Public Spaces
Association for Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Includes 13 case studies of university-community collaborations on smart growth initiatives, including examples of smart growth in curricula, at research centers, by collaboration, and in the community.

Top of Page

Colleges and Universities

 

Grant Product

2005

Creating Safe Growth Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area
Report from a technical assistance project with the Association of Bay Area Governments to incorporate resilience to natural hazards and climate change into regional and local land use planning.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery

California Technical Assistance Report 2015

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies Exit
Smart Growth America. Report, based on a Governors' Institute on Community Design summit, on how state agencies can plan for long-term resilience to natural disasters and adapt to a changing environment.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery   Grant Product 2015

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities
Report from the EPA technical assistance project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District on how communities in Vermont can recover from flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene and become more resilient to future disasters. See also the Flood Resilience Checklist.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery

Vermont

Technical Assistance Report

2014

Flood Resilience Checklist
A checklist to help communities determine whether they are prepared for a flood, developed through the EPA technical assistance project with the state of Vermont.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery

  Tool

2014

Achieving Hazard-Resilient Coastal & Waterfront Smart Growth: Coastal and Waterfront Smart Growth and Hazard Mitigation Roundtable
Report from a meeting organized by NOAA, EPA, and the state Sea Grant College Programs of Rhode Island, Texas, and Hawaii on how coastal and waterfront communities can create economically and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from flooding and related natural hazards.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery

   

2012

Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Report
Report from a project in which EPA and FEMA worked with state and local leaders in Iowa to figure out how the latest science on changing weather patterns due to climate change could be integrated into local and state planning efforts to adapt to and mitigate future natural disasters.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery

Iowa

Report

2011

Embracing the River: Smart Growth Strategies for Assisting in Cedar Rapids' Recovery
Report from the EPA-FEMA project to help Cedar Rapids, Iowa, revise its land use policies to encourage infill and more sustainable growth after the 2008 floods.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery

Iowa

Technical Assistance Report

2010

Waverly, Iowa, Smart Planning Workshop: Policy Options and Project Designs
Report on the EPA-FEMA project to help Waverly develop policy options and strategies for green infrastructure, housing, and infill development after the 2008 floods.

Top of Page

Disaster Resilience and Recovery

Iowa

Technical Assistance Report

2010

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments
Report commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities that shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-14-004.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

  Report

2014

Maryland Clean Water State Revolving Fund Sustainable Communities Pilot Project Report
Describes how EPA worked with Maryland's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program to consider ways to focus resources in existing communities and infrastructure systems to leverage past investments and support sustainable communities.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Maryland

 

2012

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Three Years of Helping Communities Achieve Their Visions for Growth and Prosperity
Overview of EPA, HUD, and DOT support to communities seeking to protect the environment, provide more housing choices, and make transportation systems more efficient and reliable. Details successes in seven communities. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-12-001.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Alabama
Colorado
Connecticut
Illinois
Ohio
West Virginia
Washington

Report

2012

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities
A guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

   

2012

Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities
Discusses federal programs that help rural America, presents sample funding and technical assistance opportunities and performance measures rural communities can use, and includes case studies showcasing rural accomplishments.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

   

2011

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: A Year of Progress for American Communities
Report on the first year of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

  Report

2010

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Supporting Environmental Justice and Equitable Development
Describes how the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is working to help communities become more equitable and more sustainable for all residents.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

  Brochure

2010

Leveraging the Partnership: DOT, HUD, and EPA Programs for Sustainable Communities
Guide to help communities identify federal resources that can support their efforts to promote more sustainable communities.

Top of Page

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

  Brochure

2010

Old North St. Louis: Sustainably Developing a Historic District
Report from a technical assistance project to help the Old North St. Louis neighborhood develop a vision that would guide new growth and development in a manner that protects, preserves, and rehabilitates its historic character while incorporating environmentally sustainable features that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes Missouri Technical Assistance Report 2016

Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments
Addresses the local codes of ordinances that affect the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site to help local governments, the development community, and other building professionals identify and remove barriers to sustainable design and green building in their permitting processes.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes   Tool 2013
Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes
Offers 10 essential fixes to help rural communities amend their codes, ordinances, and development requirements to promote more sustainable growth. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-12-001.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes   Tool 2012

Growing for a Sustainable Future: Miami-Dade County Urban Development Boundary Assessment
Report from the EPA technical assistance project on strategies for growth management to help guide development toward existing areas and protect sensitive environmental areas.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Florida

Technical Assistance Report

2012

Public Involvement Plan and Toolkit for Las Cruces
Product from the EPA technical assistance project to help Las Cruces, New Mexico, develop strategies that invite and maintain the participation of all residents, especially ethnically diverse, low-income populations and others that have had little or no involvement in community planning and design.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

New Mexico

Tool

2011

Together We Can Grow Better: Smart Growth for a Sustainable Connecticut Capitol Region
Product from the EPA technical assistance project to help Connecticut's Capitol Region Council of Governments develop processes that planners, developers, and community leaders can consider in planning their neighborhoods, town centers, and regions.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes Connecticut Technical Assistance Report 2010

Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes
Offers 11 essential fixes to help local governments amend their codes and ordinances to promote more sustainable growth. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-09-003.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes   Tool 2009

Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design and Development
Guidelines that can serve as a checklist to ensure programs, plans, and proposed developments incorporate the elements needed at the location, site, and building levels to result in more sustainable, affordable housing. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-09-004.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

  Tool

2009

Downtown Waterfront Form-Based Code Workshop
Report from the EPA-NOAA technical assistance project to help Marquette, Michigan, develop a form-based code for its Downtown Waterfront District.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Michigan

Technical Assistance Report

2008

Laconia, New Hampshire - Three Neighborhoods, One Vision
Report from the EPA technical assistance project to help the city of Laconia redevelop three neighborhood centers.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

New Hampshire

Technical Assistance Report

2007

Building the Comprehensive Community: Traditional Neighborhood Development for Porter County, Indiana
Report from the EPA-NOAA technical assistance project to help Porter County write a traditional neighborhood design guideline to supplement its Unified Development Ordinance.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Indiana

Technical Assistance Report

2007

Growing Our Own Communities
Report from the EPA-led technical assistance project to help the towns of Victor and Driggs, Idaho, analyze options for development.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Idaho

Technical Assistance Report

2007

Implementing the Aquidneck Island West Side Master Plan
Report from the EPA-led technical assistance project to help Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, develop tools and options to implement its West Side Master Plan.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Rhode Island

Technical Assistance Report

2006

Implementing PlanCheyenne: Strategies and Opportunities for Smarter Growth in Cheyenne
Report from the EPA-led technical assistance project to help Cheyenne, Wyoming, implement PlanCheyenne, its vision for growth and development.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Wyoming

Technical Assistance Report

2006

Taos Smart Growth Implementation Assistance: Concepts for the Paseo del Pueblo Sur Corridor
Report from the EPA-led technical assistance project to help Taos, New Mexico, make development along its main corridor into town more attractive and economically stronger.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

New Mexico

Technical Assistance Report

2006

Achieving the Vision: Options for the College Park U.S. Route 1 Corridor
Report from the EPA-led technical assistance project to help College Park, Maryland, get development that meets its vision for its Route 1 corridor.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Maryland

Technical Assistance Report

2006

Smart Growth Scorecards
Sample scorecards used by communities to evaluate policies and development projects.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

  Tool

2006

Choosing Our Community's Future: A Citizen's Guide to Getting the Most Out of New Development
Smart Growth America.
Focuses on the visioning and planning efforts that set the stage for smarter growth and how citizens can engage and make suggestions for better growth and development through collaborative stakeholder meetings and workshops. Grant product.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

 

Tool

2005

Connecting McCall: Concept Plans for Lardo and West Valley
Report from the EPA-led technical assistance project to help McCall, Idaho, create a vision for development at two sites along a new loop road.

Top of Page

Plans, Visioning, and Development Codes

Idaho

Technical Assistance Report

2005

Moving the Needle: Regional Coalitions as Catalysts for Sustainable Development (PDF)(45 pp, 1.2 MB, About PDF) Exit
Urban Land Institute.
Describes the experiences of eight regional coalitions from around the country and how they work with diverse partners to promote more sustainable communities.

Top of Page

Regional Planning and Visioning

Arizona
California
Florida
Maryland
Minnesota
Texas
Washington
Washington, D.C.

Grant Product

2010

Institutionalizing Smart Growth Principles into the Metropolitan Planning Process (PDF) (16 pp, 18.8 M, About PDF) Exit
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
Describes how four metropolitan planning organizations worked with EPA to incorporate smart growth principles into their planning processes.

Top of Page

Regional Planning and Visioning

 

Grant Product

2003

The History of Envision Utah
Envision Utah.
History of the visioning process to work toward quality growth in the Greater Wasatch area of Utah.

Top of Page

Regional Planning and Visioning

Utah

Grant Product

2001

Local Foods, Local Places Toolkit: A Guide to Help Communities Revitalize Using Local Food Systems
Toolkit to help communities use local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Provides step-by-step instructions for planning and hosting a community workshop and creating an action plan.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth   Tool 2017

Framework for Creating a Smart Growth Economic Development Strategy: A Tool for Small Cities and Towns
Step-by-step guide to building a place-based economic development strategy, intended for small and mid-sized cities, particularly those that have limited population growth, areas of disinvestment, and/or a struggling economy.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth   Tool 2016

Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities
Tool, designed specifically for rural communities, that helps villages, towns, and small cities evaluate their policies to create healthy, environmentally resilient, and economically robust places.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth   Tool 2015

Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities: Madison County, New York
Report from the EPA-led technical assistance project with Madison County to a smart growth self-assessment tool for rural communities that helps local governments evaluate how well their policies and regulations support the type of development they want and identify strategies for improvement. See also the Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth New York Technical Assistance Report 2015
How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies
Report examining case studies of small towns and cities that used their existing assets and distinctive resources to pursue economic development.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth   Report 2015
Using Smart Growth Strategies to Foster Economic Development: A Kelso, Washington, Case Study
Report from the EPA technical assistance project to develop a smart growth economic development strategy for Kelso, Washington.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth Washington Technical Assistance Report 2015

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities
A guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth    

2012

Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes
Offers 10 essential fixes to help rural communities amend their codes, ordinances, and development requirements to promote more sustainable growth. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-12-001.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth

  Tool

2012

Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities
Discusses federal programs that help rural America, presents sample funding and technical assistance opportunities and performance measures rural communities can use, and includes case studies showcasing rural accomplishments.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth

  Report

2011

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-10-003.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth

 

Grant Product

2010

Retaining Our Sense of Place by Managing Our Highway
Report from the EPA technical assistance project to help Pamlico County, North Carolina, manage development along a rural highway corridor.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth

North Carolina

Technical Assistance Report

2008

This Is Smart Growth
ICMA and Smart Growth Network. Features 40 places around the country, from cities to suburbs to small towns to rural areas, that have found success by implementing smart growth principles. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-06-002.

Top of Page

Rural Smart Growth

 

Grant Product

2006

Smart School Siting Tool
Tool that can help communities align school site selection with planning policies and capital investments, understand how well school siting and other community planning processes are coordinated, and compare school siting alternatives.

Top of Page

School Siting   Tool 2016

Youth Travel to School: Community Design Relationships with Mode Choice, Vehicle Emissions, and Healthy Body Weight
Lawrence Frank and Company, Inc., for EPA.
Study that examines how factors including neighborhood design and perception of neighborhood safety affect travel to school.

Top of Page

School Siting

   

2008

Local Governments and Schools: A Community-Oriented Approach (PDF) (40 pp, 855 K, About PDF) Exit
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Helps local government managers understand the connections between school facility planning and local government management issues, and offers strategies for local governments and schools to bring their planning efforts together for a more community-oriented approach to schools.

Top of Page

School Siting

 

Grant Product

2008

Schools for Successful Communities: An Element of Smart Growth
Council of Educational Facility Planners International and EPA.
Explains why and how communities can employ smart growth planning principles to build schools that better serve and support students, staff, parents, and the entire community.

Top of Page

School Siting

 

Grant Product

2004

Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting
Provides information about how the location of a school affects how its students get to it, showing that school siting and design can influence traffic congestion, air pollution, school transportation budgets, and children's health and obesity.

Top of Page

School Siting

  Report

2003

Free Smart Growth Publications from EPA and Smart Growth Network Partners
Lists the most popular publications and tools. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-F-06-008.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Brochure

2016

Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development
Provides land use and community design strategies that bring together smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development principles and that community-based organizations, local and regional decision-makers, developers, and others can use to revitalize their communities. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-10-005.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

  Report

2013

Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (2nd edition)
Examines how development patterns affect the environment and human health and provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies can reduce development impacts. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-13-001.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

  Report

2013

Smart Growth Illustrated
Shows how smart growth techniques look in communities around the country.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Maryland
Oregon
Texas
Washington

  2006, updated 2011

This Is Smart Growth
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Features 40 places around the country, from cities to suburbs to small towns to rural areas, that have found success by implementing smart growth principles. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-06-002.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2006

Así es el desarrollo inteligente
"This Is Smart Growth" translated into Spanish.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2006

Creating Great Neighborhoods: Density in Your Community
Local Government Commission, EPA, and National Association of Realtors.
Highlights nine community-led efforts to create vibrant neighborhoods through density, discusses the connections between smart growth and density, and introduces design principles to ensure that density becomes a community asset.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2003

Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Volume 2 of this series describes the concrete techniques of putting the 10 smart growth principles into practice. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-05-002.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2003

Cómo Alcanzar el Desarrollo Inteligente, II: 100 Políticas Adicionales Para Su Implementación
"Getting to Smart Growth, Volume II" translated into Spanish.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2003

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Provides 100 policy ideas, along with additional resources and brief case studies of communities that have applied these approaches to achieve better development. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-05-001.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2002

Cómo Alcanzar el Desarrollo Inteligente
"Getting to Smart Growth" translated into Spanish.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2002

Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection
National Neighborhood Coalition and Smart Growth Network.
Uses case studies to illustrate strategies that can foster affordable housing and smart growth.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

2001

Environmental Characteristics of Smart Growth Neighborhoods: Phase II Exit
Natural Resources Defense Council.
Case studies of neighborhoods in Sacramento, CA, and Nashville, TN, that show the environmental benefits of smart growth are real and can be measured.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

California
Tennessee

Grant Product

2000 2003

Developing for the Future: Hometown USA: Innovative Community Projects Supported by EPA Grants (PDF) (44 pp, 2 M, About PDF)
Profiles of communities around the country that have protected and enhanced the environment through smart growth strategies.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

   

2000

Smart Growth at Work: Project Highlights from EPA's Ten Regions (PDF) (26 pp, 278 K, About PDF)
Highlights smart growth innovations, particularly in program implementation, in EPA’s 10 regions.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

   

2000

Why Smart Growth: A Primer
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Offers a description of the environmental, economic, social, and governmental costs of growth.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

1998

Best Development Practices: A Primer for Smart Growth
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Describes land use practices that create attractive communities, offer more transportation choices, and protect the environment.

Top of Page

Smart Growth Essentials

 

Grant Product

1998

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies Exit
Smart Growth America.
Report, based on a Governors' Institute on Community Design summit, on how state agencies can plan for long-term resilience to natural disasters and adapt to a changing environment. 

Top of Page

State Policies   Grant Product 2015

A Project Selection Tool for the State of Rhode Island: Leveraging State Transportation, Housing, and Infrastructure Investments
Product from EPA's technical assistance project with Rhode Island KeepSpace to help prioritize state, nonprofit, and federal resources. This assistance resulted in a project selection tool that could be useful to other communities facing similar challenges.

Top of Page

State Policies

Rhode Island

Tool

2012

Smart Mobility 2010: A Call to Action for the New Decade (PDF) (132 pp, 5 M, About PDF)
Product from the EPA technical assistance project to help the California Department of Transportation create a planning framework to help guide and assess how well plans, programs, and projects meet a definition of "smart mobility."

Top of Page

State Policies

California

Tool

2010

Policies that Work: A Governors' Guide to Growth and Development Exit
Governors' Institute on Community Design.
Provides state policy-makers with samples of policies, administrative actions, and spending decisions that have helped states grow smarter.

Top of Page

State Policies

 

Grant Product

2009

Smart Location Database
A nationwide geospatial database characterizing the built environment for use in travel demand studies and scenario planning.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

  Tool

2013

Access to Jobs and Workers Via Transit Tool
A geospatial data resource and web mapping tool for comparing the accessibility of neighborhoods via public transit service.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

  Tool

2013

Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development
Provides local governments with a comprehensive overview of tools and implementation strategies for transit-oriented development, and explores emerging, innovative models for financing.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

  Tool

2012

Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures
Guide to help transportation agencies incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

  Tool

2011

Mixed-Use Trip Generation Model
Spreadsheet tool that makes it easy to estimate trips generated by a new mixed-use development to more fairly assess these projects in development review processes.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

  Tool

2011

Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis Exit
Reid Ewing and Robert Cervero.
Meta-analysis of built environment-travel literature that found driving is most strongly related to measures of accessibility to destinations and street network design variables, while walking is most strongly related to measures of land use diversity, intersection density, and the number of destinations within walking distance.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

 

Grant Product

2010

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach
Institute of Transportation Engineers and Congress for the New Urbanism.
Provides guidance on applying context-sensitive principles in communities that support compact development, mixed land uses, walking, and bicycling.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

 

Grant Product

2010

Smart Mobility 2010: A Call to Action for the New Decade (PDF) (132 pp, 5 M, About PDF)
Product from the EPA technical assistance project to help the California Department of Transportation create a planning framework to help guide and assess how well plans, programs, and projects meet a definition of "smart mobility."

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

California

Tool

2010

Transit Oriented Development and Proposition 207 in Metropolitan Phoenix
Report from the EPA technical assistance project to help the cities of Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, identify and analyze appropriate non-regulatory and regulatory tools and incentives that the cities could use to promote transit-oriented development.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

Arizona

Technical Assistance Report

2009

Strategic Package of Tools to Promote Transit Oriented Development in Metropolitan Phoenix
A summary of 23 tools that could be offered to the development community to create and enhance vibrant, healthy communities that support light rail. Focused on metropolitan Phoenix, with nationwide application.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

Arizona

Tool

2009

Implementing Living Streets: Ideas and Opportunities for the City and County of Denver
Report from the EPA technical assistance project to help Denver turn its commercial corridors into living streets that are pedestrian- and transit-friendly.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

Colorado

Technical Assistance Report

2009

Measuring the Air Quality and Transportation Impacts of Infill Development
Illustrates how regions can calculate the transportation and air quality benefits of infill, based on standard transportation forecasting models used by metropolitan planning organizations across the country. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-07-001.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

  Report

2007

Creating the Concord River Greenway
Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust.
Discusses neighborhood-based planning effort to design a pedestrian-bike path that makes the Concord River a shared natural resource among the neighborhoods of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

Massachusetts

Grant Product

2007

Parking Spaces/ Community Places: Finding the Balance Through Smart Growth Solutions
Highlights proven approaches that balance parking with broader community goals. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-06-001.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

  Report

2006

Building Houston's Competitive Edge: Transit-Oriented Development for the Ensemble/HCC Station
Report from the EPA-NOAA technical assistance project to help Houston find opportunities for transit-oriented development in Midtown.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

Texas

Technical Assistance Report

2006

Solving Environmental Problems Through Collaboration: A Case Study of Atlantic Steel Redevelopment (PDF) (2 pp, 10 K, About PDF)
Summary of the redevelopment of the Atlantic Steel property into Atlantic Station, including how its smart growth innovations helped reduce its air quality impacts.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

Georgia

Report

2006

EPA Guidance: Improving Air Quality Through Land Use Activities (PDF) (110 pp, 283 K, About PDF)
Helps air quality and transportation planners account for the air quality impacts of land use policies and projects that state and local governments voluntarily adopt.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

   

2001

Smart Growth and the Clean Air Act Exit
Northeast Midwest Institute.
Examines how the Clean Air Act is applied in several major metropolitan areas and suggests that the Act does not necessarily divert growth from urban centers and can complement efforts to promote growth in areas with existing infrastructure.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

 

Grant Product

2001

Comparing Methodologies to Assess Transportation and Air Quality Impacts of Brownfields and Infill Development (PDF) (49 pp, 1.3 M, About PDF)
Compares methodologies to evaluate the benefits of infill development when preparing State Implementation Plans and transportation conformity determinations.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

   

2001

The Transportation and Environmental Impacts of Infill Versus Greenfield Development: A Comparative Case Study Analysis (PDF) (35 pp, 382 K, About PDF)
Models the transportation and environmental impacts of locating the same development on two sites, one infill and one suburban edge/ greenfield, and compares the results. This analysis was conducted in three regions: San Diego, CA; Montgomery County, MD; and West Palm Beach, FL.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

California
Florida
Maryland

 

1999

Pedestrian- and Transit-Friendly Design: A Primer for Smart Growth
ICMA and Smart Growth Network.
Suggests design elements that make walking and transit use easier and more comfortable. Send your name and address to smartgrowth@epa.gov to request a hard copy.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

 

Grant Product

1999

Emergency Response and Traditional Neighborhood Street Design Exit
Local Government Commission.
Contains case studies that show how three cities have handled smart growth street designs and emergency response concerns.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

California
Tennessee
Washington

Grant Product

Undated

Emergency Response and Narrow Streets Exit
Local Government Commission.
Includes fact sheets on traffic calming and emergency response and street design and emergency response.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

 

Grant Product

Undated

Delaware Department of Transportation Workbook for Innovative Corridor Capacity Preservation Pilot Program
Delaware Department of Transportation.
Strategies to delay system expansion, focus development, and preserve quality of life.

Top of Page

Transportation and Air Quality

Delaware

Grant Product

Undated

City Green: Innovative Green Infrastructure Solutions for Downtowns and Infill Locations
Case studies of projects around the country that illustrate how green infrastructure techniques can be used on sites that have limited space and other constraints to bring environmental and community benefits.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure   Report 2016

Greening America's Capitals: Columbus, Ohio
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Columbus create a vision for incorporating green infrastructure elements, parks, and open space into the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure Ohio Technical Assistance Report 2016

Greening America's Capitals: Austin, Texas
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Austin visualize great public open spaces, green infrastructure improvements, and safer spaces for people to walk and bike in the South Central Waterfront area.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure Texas Technical Assistance Report 2016

Greening America's Capitals: Pierre, South Dakota
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Pierre create a cohesive vision of green and complete streets and public spaces for its Governors' Trail to make pedestrians and bicyclists safer and more comfortable.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure South Dakota Technical Assistance Report 2016

Greening America's Capitals: Richmond, Virginia
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Richmond make a segment of Jefferson Avenue more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street, with more parks and open spaces that incorporate green infrastructure.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure Virginia Technical Assistance Report 2015

Greening America's Capitals: Lansing, Michigan
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Lansing develop options for transforming a 10-acre parking lot between the state capitol and Hall of Justice into a public park that incorporates green infrastructure to reduce flooding and water pollution and spurs investment in nearby vacant and neglected property.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure Michigan Technical Assistance Report 2015

Greening America's Capitals: Madison, Wisconsin
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Madison create design options to make it easier for people of all abilities who live and work in the Triangle neighborhood, a diverse, low-income neighborhood, to get around within the neighborhood and reach other parts of the city.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure Wisconsin Technical Assistance Report 2015

Greening America's Capitals: Montpelier, Vermont
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Montpelier improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to the historic downtown and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff flowing into the Winooski River.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure Vermont Technical Assistance Report 2015

Greening America's Capitals: Olympia, Washington
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Olympia create a cohesive vision for Capitol Way, the city’s main street downtown that links the state capitol with the popular Olympia Farmers Market.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure Washington Technical Assistance Report 2015

Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Help Communities Better Manage Stormwater While Achieving Other Environmental, Public Health, Social, and Economic Benefits
Aims to help local governments, water utilities, nonprofits, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders integrate green infrastructure strategies into plans that can transform their communities. 

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

  Report

2014

Impervious Surface Growth Model
Spreadsheet tool that helps communities estimate and compare the likely impervious surface impacts of proposed housing and commercial development scenarios. 

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure   Tool 2013

Long-term Planning for Sustainable Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Wellpinit, Washington, for the Spokane Tribe of Indians
Report from an EPA technical assistance project with the Spokane Tribe of Indians to evaluate the tribe’s water and wastewater needs, identify actions to improve the systems’ capacity for new development, and help ensure successful long-term operation of the infrastructure.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Washington

Technical Assistance Report

2013

Lessons From Greening America's Capitals Projects: Five Helpful Hints for Communities Wanting to Be Greener
Five lessons from the first two rounds of projects that can help all communities incorporate green design strategies into their planning and development.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure   Tool 2013

Greening America's Capitals: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Baton Rouge plan a greenway in the heart of Louisiana's capital that will connect Louisiana State University with the downtown.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Louisiana

Technical Assistance Report

2013

Greening America's Capitals: Des Moines, Iowa
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Des Moines incorporate green infrastructure elements into a proposed streetscape plan for a 1-mile segment of 6th Avenue.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Iowa

Technical Assistance Report

2013

Greening America's Capitals: Frankfort, Kentucky
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Frankfort enhance the Second Street corridor between the historic downtown and the state capitol.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Kentucky

Technical Assistance Report

2013

Greening America's Capitals: Helena, Montana
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Helena improve Last Chance Gulch, a street that connects the Helena business district with the historic downtown.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Montana

Technical Assistance Report

2013

Greening America's Capitals: Indianapolis, Indiana
Report on the Greening America’s Capitals project to help Indianapolis enhance the walkability of streets and revitalize public plazas in and around the Market Square Redevelopment Area.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Indiana

Technical Assistance Report

2013

Opportunities to Advance Sustainability in California's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program 
Describes a pilot project to help the state direct resources to projects that support sustainable communities.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

California

 

2012

Maryland Clean Water State Revolving Fund Sustainable Communities Pilot Project Report
Describes how EPA worked with Maryland's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program to consider ways to focus resources in existing communities and infrastructure systems to leverage past investments and support sustainable communities.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Maryland

 

2012

Greening America's Capitals: Jackson, Mississippi
Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Jackson develop design concepts that use green technologies and infrastructure for Congress Street (where the state capitol is located) and two public parks along the street.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Mississippi

Technical Assistance Report

2012

Greening America's Capitals: Lincoln, Nebraska
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Lincoln develop an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable vision for the South Capital area and design options to achieve it.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Nebraska

Technical Assistance Report

2012

Greening America's Capitals: Montgomery, Alabama
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Montgomery develop design options for a segment of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights Trail as it runs through a historic, diverse neighborhood.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Alabama

Technical Assistance Report

2012

Greening America's Capitals: Phoenix, Arizona
Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Phoenix develop options to improve the streetscape of Lower Grand Avenue, making it more environmentally, pedestrian-, and bicycle-friendly while maintaining the neighborhood's artistic character.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Arizona

Technical Assistance Report

2012

Greening America's Capitals: Washington, D.C.
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Washington, D.C., create a plan for the streets and intersections around the Anacostia Metro Station.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.

Technical Assistance Report

2012

Greening America's Capitals: Boston, Massachusetts
Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Boston develop a comprehensive vision for redesigning City Hall Plaza to improve its environmental performance and its appeal as a public space.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Massachusetts

Technical Assistance Report

2011

Greening America's Capitals: Charleston, West Virginia
Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Charleston explore options to redesign Slack Plaza to make it a great public space and a multimodal transportation hub.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

West Virginia

Technical Assistance Report

2011

Greening America's Capitals: Hartford, Connecticut
Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Hartford re-imagine a mile-long corridor by improving public spaces and adding green streets features.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Connecticut

Technical Assistance Report

2011

Greening America's Capitals: Jefferson City, Missouri
Report from the Greening America's Capitals project to help Jefferson City develop options to restore Wears Creek and transform the Millbottom area near Missouri's state capitol.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Missouri

Technical Assistance Report

2011

Greening America's Capitals: Little Rock, Arkansas
Report on the Greening America's Capitals project to help Little Rock envision improvements to its Main Street corridor.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Arkansas

Technical Assistance Report

2011

Water Quality Scorecard: Incorporating Green Infrastructure Practices at the Municipal, Neighborhood, and Site Scale
Offers policy options for protecting and improving water quality across different scales of land use and across multiple municipal departments. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-B-09-001.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

  Tool

2009

Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities
Builds on existing smart growth principles to offer 10 specific development guidelines for coastal and waterfront communities, along with tools, techniques, and examples. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-K-09-001.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

  Report

2009

Protecting Water Quality with Smart Growth Strategies and Natural Stormwater Management in Sussex County, Delaware
Report from the EPA-NOAA technical assistance project to help Sussex County find options for development that will better protect water quality as the county grows.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Delaware

Technical Assistance Report

2009

Stormwater Management Handbook: Implementing Green Infrastructure in Northern Kentucky Communities
Report from the EPA technical assistance project to help Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky find options for development that protect water quality and improve communities.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Kentucky

Technical Assistance Report

2009

How Can Wells Grow and Protect Depot Brook?
Report from the EPA-NOAA technical assistance project to help the town of Wells, Maine, find options for development that protects Depot Brook.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Maine

Technical Assistance Report

2007

Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development
Helps communities better understand the impacts of higher and lower density development on water resources. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-06-001.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

  Report

2006

Growing Toward More Efficient Water Use: Linking Development, Infrastructure, and Drinking Water Policies
Focuses on the relationships among development patterns, water use, and the cost of water delivery, and includes policy options for states, localities, and utilities that reduce the cost and demand for water while indirectly promoting smarter growth. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 230-R-06-001.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

  Report

2006

Solving Environmental Problems Through Collaboration: A Case Study of the New York City Watershed Partnership (PDF) (2 pp, 40 K, About PDF)
Summary of a partnership to protect the drinking water supply of 9 million people while promoting economic viability and preserving the social character of the communities in the upstate watershed.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

New York

Brochure

2006

Stormwater Guidelines for Green, Dense Redevelopment
City of Emeryville, California.
Geared specifically to developers and designers, these guidelines offer ways to meet requirements to treat stormwater from development projects.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

California

Grant Product

2005

Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices
Reviews nine common smart growth techniques and how they can help prevent or manage stormwater runoff.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

  Report

2005

Sewage Facilities and Land Development Exit
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.
Examines growth trends to determine what effect land use and sewage-facility policies have on these trends.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

Pennsylvania

Grant Product

2005

Growth and Water Resources (PDF) (2 pp, 200 K, About PDF)
Explains how land use affects water resources and offers resources and tools for communities.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

 

Brochure

2005

Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth
Includes 75 policies that communities can use to grow in the way that they want while protecting their water quality. To order hard copies, email nscep@lmsolas.com or call (800) 490-9198 and request EPA 231-R-04-002.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

  Report

2004

Smart Growth for Clean Water (PDF) (66 pp, 6 M, About PDF) Exit
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, Trust for Public Land, ERG.
Offers ideas for using smart growth to advance clean water goals based on the experiences of communities across the nation.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

 

Grant Product

2003

Potential Roles for Clean Water State Revolving Fund Programs in Smart Growth Initiatives (PDF) (15 pp, 1.1 M, About PDF)
Describes options for states to use their Clean Water State Revolving Funds to support more environmentally sound growth and development.

Top of Page

Water and Green Infrastructure

   

2000

Top of Page