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    Sustainable development planning sources?

    Anybody got / rec any good sources for info on SDP?
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    H- I got crickets for my thread

    http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=37663

    Although SR and I had a good thread going here...

    http://www.cyburbia.org/forums/showthread.php?t=38050

    In working on my current project I have found LEED-ND to be helpful, Cradle to Cradle and APA books has an interesting looking book called "A Legal Guild to Urban and Sustainable Development" on their site...I may convince the boss to purchase that for the office.
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    The Rocky Mountain Land Institute has an interesting project underway. Sustainable Land Development Code I believe is the title.

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    thanks y'all. its weird how such a "hot topic" has so little (substantial) information out there about it... (?)
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    Quote Originally posted by H View post
    thanks y'all. its weird how such a "hot topic" has so little (substantial) information out there about it... (?)
    H-I think the problem here is "sustainable" development is not well defined and many types of organizations are attempting to do so, from the builders & architects (LEED, USGBC) to the energy-efficency folks (Energy-Star, alternative energy souces) that deal with mechanics to the land development-types (LEED-ND, LID). In my own opinion LEED-ND is far from perfect and I think its going to take years to get to be a more user-friendly system. I am working a large sustainable-mixed use development and one of major hang-ups we are having is the developer wants enough flexiblity to account for future technologies, while the town is trying to shape a tight development plan so that we aren't left holding the bag.
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    Quote Originally posted by H View post
    thanks y'all. its weird how such a "hot topic" has so little (substantial) information out there about it... (?)
    I feel like crap tonight, so this might be off the mark. But my recollection is that Austin, Texas has some cutting edge programs to promote "greener" homes and such. That might not be on the neighborhood scale you are wanting but it might be a place to start?

    I used to have bookmarks for things like this. I do have this link on sustainable transportation but it seems like it might be dead (or my computer is just being really flaky):
    http://www.sustainable.doe.gov/transprt/trintro.shtml

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    Sustainability Resources

    This is a murky topic, but here are some of my resources:

    Diana Balmori & Gaboury Benoit, Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code (John Wiley & Sons, 2007)
    Douglas Farr, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature (John Wiley & Sons, 2008)
    Michael Hough, Cities and Natural Processes (Routlege, 1995)
    J. William Thompson & K. Sorvig, Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors (Island Press, 2000)

    Florida had a Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project some years back - you can get info on that at http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org..._project.shtml

    Some online resources include:
    Center for Neighborhood Technology, http://www.cnt.org/
    USDA Sustainable Development resources at http://ric.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/...&topic_id=1156
    UN Best Practices database at http://www.bestpractices.org/
    Sustainable Sources at http://sustainablesources.com/
    Center for Sustainability at http://www.centerforsustainability.org/index.php
    The Natural Step at http://www.naturalstep.org/
    (note: Madison, Wisconsin has adopted this program)

    You can find APA publications on sustainability at http://planning.org/publications/. Island Press would also have a number of publications devoted to the issue.


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    Hey, I just came across this, by ASLA!

    http://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=23720

    Its a sustainable development resouce guide with links to several documents organized by topic
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