• Minimize urban sprawl
  • Maintain and restore biodiversity
  • Reduce energy use and emissions associated with transportation


Responsible site selection
Create walkable communities and promote resource efficient modes of transportation
Use microclimate and environmentally responsive site design strategies
Add ecological and economic value to the community

Other Resources

Publications and Links

Farr, Douglas. Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature. Hoboken: Wiley, 2008.

Franko, Richard et al. Developing sustainable planned communities. Ed. Jo Allen Gause. Washington D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2007.

Building Better Neighborhoods: Creating Affordable homes and livable communities: a Collaborative Project. St. Paul: Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, 2001.