Click on the links below to read frameworks, guides, and other resources about  integrating sustainability into municipal and community planning!

NARC's Solar Ready II Initiative 

The National Association of Regional Councils, or NARC, launched a new Solar Ready website as part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge, Solar Ready II project (SRII). Through SRII, NARC is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, and the Council of State Governments to assist nine regional planning councils in their efforts to implement solar best management practices (BMPs), training materials, and proven implementation methods. Ultimately, SRII will result in more streamlined and standardized solar practices, measurable improvements in solar market conditions, and access for ten million people across the U.S.

The Best Complete Street Policies of 2013 - National Complete Streets Coalition

Communities across the country are making roads safer and more accessible for everyone who  uses them—and these changes are happening on a larger scale than ever before. In 2013, more than 80 communities adopted Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to  destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel. Each year, the National Complete Streets Coalition examines and scores Complete Streets policies  all across the country. This report is a summary of the the Coalition's evaluations. 

A Guide for Implementing Integrated Community Sustainability Plans in Nova Scotia

This framework  for municipalities to implement integrated community sustainability plans (ICSPs) is designed to be practical and easy to use. It outlines how municipalities can build a culture of sustainability and integrate long-term goals and principles into daily operations and decision-making. While it was developed for the Union of Nova Scotia municipalities, it includes leading practices, examples and resources drawn from municipalities across Canada that have had success with implementing their ICSPs. 

Sustainable Urban Infrastructure - Chicago Department of Transportation
The City of Chicago has earned national recognition for its forward-thinking commitment to urban environmental sustainability. Federal, state, and municipal decision makers look to Chicago’s leadership on such issues as green roofs, green-building permitting, green alleys, sustainable streets, bicycle and public transportation planning, park and open space development, and urban wildlife habitat preservation. These guidelines build on these earlier and ongoing efforts and capture the lessons learned from hundreds of green-infrastructure pilot projects that have been installed throughout the city, as well as national best practice. 

Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (Toolkit) to assist local governments in identifying and removing barriers to sustainable design and green building within their permitting process. This Toolkit addresses the codes/ordinances that would affect the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site. There are two sections to the Toolkit. The first section is an Assessment Tool and Resource Guide. The second section is a guide to developing an Action Plan for implementing changes within a community’s permitting process.


The Centers for Disease Control Healthy Places Toolkit 
The CDC Healthy Places toolkit helps planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process. It was developed in partnership between the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative. 

City Of Eugene, Oregon Triple Bottom Line Analysis Tool
The Triple Bottom Line (TBL) tool is designed to inform a deeper understanding of how policy and program choices will affect the social equity, environmental health and economic prosperity of the community. The TBL tool does not dictate a particular course of action; rather, the analysis provides policy makers and staff with a greater awareness of some of the trade-offs, benefits and consequences associated with a proposal, leading to more mindful decision-making.

KPMG, a professional services firm, has published a report detailing the challenges of incorporating sustainability into urban infrastructure in global cities. 

Smaller Places Summit Resources Guide
From the Institute for Sustainable Communities:  This Resource Guide complements the Smaller Places Summit, and includes 10 case studies and an extensive resource list compiled for Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees who are working in smaller, rural regions, including small towns, remote rural places, exurban communities and tribal lands. 

Palm Bay Flordia - Sustainability Master Plan
The City of Palm Bay prepared its first Sustainability Master Plan in 2010 to guide the City towards a future based upon a commitment to the environment, economic health, and quality of life for their residents. The City of Palm Bay has been recognized for many sustainability efforts over the years including Florida Green Building Coalition and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System for both water and wastewater treatment facilities. Through these efforts Palm Bay was inspired to do more and to become a sustainable community.