The development of sustainable neighborhoods and subdivisions is an important step in the creation of a truly sustainable future. Rethinking neighborhood planning has the potential to decrease the immediate and future ecological impact of development and set the stage for new patterns of living that decrease the impact of residents. In addition, city form has a dramatic impact on affordability. The creation of compact walkable developments with essential services within walking distance decreases the reliance on cars. Neighborhoods built on sustainable principles extend sustainability from the individual home to the community.

There are several new and existing programs related to neighborhood scale development that can be used as tools, whether or not funding or certification by these programs is sought.