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Sustainable Communities


Housing + Transportation Affordability Index (Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2013). A tool that measures the true affordability of housing based on its location.

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities (Sustainable Communities Living Initiative, 2012). A guide to the benefits of and guidelines for fostering the communityengagement that is necessary to build sustainable communities.

Sustainable Communities Hot Report (Partnership for Sustainable Communities) A tool that uses Census data to help communities determine how well they are performing on a variety of sustainability indicators: transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity.

Sustainability and Livability: Summary of Definitions, Goals, Objectives and Performance Indicators (Victoria Transport Policy Institute, 2011).

AARP Policy Book 2011-2012,Chapter 9: Livable Communities (2011-2012). Explores policies that promote successful aging within communities, looking at housing, land use, and transportation policies from an older adult perspective.

Livability in Transportation Guidebook: Planning Approaches that Promote Livability (Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, 2010). Illustrates how livability principles have been incorporated into transportation planning, programming, and project design, using examples from state, regional, and local sponsors.

Case Studies on Transit and Livable Communities in Rural and Small Town America (Transportation for America, 2010). Collection of 12 case studies provides examples of how small cities, towns and rural regions across the country are transforming themselves into more livable communities.

Transportation for a New Era: Growing More Sustainable Communities (Urban Land Institute, 2009). Identifies recommendations intended to guide transportation policy and programs at the federal level.


Livability and Sustainable Communities (Federal Transit Administration). FTA’s web page to support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Livability Initiative, including links to policies, resources, case studies, and grant programs.

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Website for Partnership for Sustainable Communities, in 2009 to help communities improve access to affordable housing and transportation while protecting the environment.

Tools and Key Resources for Sustainable Communities (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). Companion resources web page HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities, with resources on several topics, including transportation, to help communities develop and support neighborhoods that provide transportation choices and affordable housing while increasing economic competitiveness and directing resources toward places with existing infrastructure.

Smart Growth Program (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). Highlights research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants, and technical assistance to help communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love.

Complete Streets Coalition. A national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for, and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide.