Smart Growth, Livability & New Urbanist Sites

Congress for the New Urbanism Their annual conference convenes planners, architects, developers and activists from across the nation and around the world to advance best practices in planning and development.

Growth Management Leadership Alliance (GMLA) Regional leaders from the United States and Canada coming together to institute Smart Growth policies and actions.

Livable Communities Task Force Hosted by Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the website of the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force provides a clear overview of Livability issues, as well and information on relavant legislation.

National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland “A non-partisan center for research and leadership training on Smart Growth and related land use issues nationally and internationally.

National Geographic Examines sprawl and Smart Growth Includes excerpts, opinion forum, photo gallery, and a US map highlighting the spread of development since 1993.

National Main Street Center A project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation focussed on the revitalization of commercial centers.

New Urbanism: Creating Livable Sustainable Communities “Giving more people more choices about where and how they want to live.”

The Seaside Institute Using Seaside, Florida as a living example, the Seaside Institute studies the benefits of new Urbanist communities and how to improve upon that model.

The Sierra Club & Sprawl Advances Smart Growth education and policy through their informative “Challange to the Sprawl Campaign”.

Smart Growth Alliance (SGA)   An education and research institute advancing responsible leadership in land-use.

Smart Growth America A coalition of nearly 100 advocacy organizations supporting community-based Smart Growth planning.

Smart Growth Online  An extraordinary resource for anyone looking to advance higher quality land use and development.

Sustainable Communities Network Considers Sprawl and Smart Growth as they pertain to the broader notion of sustainability.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Communities Network Promotes Smart Growth as a long-term solutions to protect the environment, conserve resources, ensure economic vitality and to improve the public’s overall health and quality of life. 

Urban Land Institute “Facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.