Smart Growth America
Smart Growth America is dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. They work with local policy makers, real estate developers and investors, economic development agencies, federal agencies, and more to support sustainability and smart growth development. The organization describes smart growth as “a way to build cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable.”
Smart growth is further defined as an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement.
Smart Growth’s Local Leaders Council brings together more than 100 local elected leaders from across the country who are using smart growth strategies. Their LOCUS coalition involves the nation’s leading smart growth real estate developers and investors. Their technical assistance work includes workshops on downtown revitalization and revitalization without displacement, Complete Streets design, smart growth in rural communities, and DOT innovation, among others.
Smart Growth America also works in partnership with Governors, DOT CEOs, and other transportation providers and stakeholders to advance innovative transportation initiatives that grow economies and maximize the return on transportation investments.
Smart Growth America’s State Resilience Program offers state leaders and agencies resources, tools, and educational opportunities for hazard resiliency planning.
Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies from Smart Growth America provides governors and their administrations advice on how to undertake some initial steps towards integrating resiliency into state disaster preparedness planning, primarily for land use and transportation issues.
The organization’s website links to nearly 200 reports, white papers, fact sheets etc. that describe their projects and offer model policies, guides, case studies and tools.
Phone: (202) 207-3355