The following resources are being provided to help find smart solutions to today's energy, environmental, and sustainable development challenges.
Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food System
This American Planning Association study describes how Marin County, California’s comprehensive plan; Philadelphia’s sustainability plan; San Francisco’s sustainability plan; Sacramento, California’s comprehensive plan; and Baltimore’s sustainability plan were the highest scoring plans that addressed food access policies and how to track progress in achieving the plan’s food access goals. It includes recommendations and a list of strategies that planners and other local government staff can use to integrate clear, comprehensive, and action-oriented food access goals and policies into the local plan-making process.
Green Affordable Housing Tool Kit
Enterprise Green Affordable Housing Policy Toolkit offers a roadmap for state and local governments working on green affordable housing initiatives. The toolkit describes methods to promote green affordable housing, processes for adopting new policies, and detailed guidance on implementation. The toolkit's case studies identify innovative policy from Denver, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Minnesota and Washington State.
Enterprise Green Communities
This website identifies projects funded and certified by Enterprise Green Communities which provides financial support and technical expertise that enables developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient and better for the environment on a cost-effective basis.
Green Development Center
This website provides examples of Green Development Projects assisted by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation ranging from greening affordable housing and charter schools to transit-oriented development and green jobs.
Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
GHHI is a national partnership between the federal government, national and local philanthropy and local partners that leverages public investments in energy efficiency and weatherization with health and safety measures to ensure a more effective and sustainable use of public and private investments in economically challenged communities. By aligning and coordinating various resources, the GHHI uses a single intervention to fix the problems of each housing unit, while ensuring the work is safe for both residents and workers.
Local Government Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development
This guide explores how the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system can be best used by local governments to achieve sustainability goals. It includes strategies used in Las Vegas, Albuquerque, New York, San Francisco, Cleveland, Nashville, Portland, and other locations.
Green Cities Report
This report explores innovative approaches and strategies for financing the rehabilitation of energy efficient buildings, the development of green jobs, and improve access to transportation not just to battle climate change but to revitalize neighborhoods, improve air quality and help the local economy. Examples include a multiyear planning process for the Central Corridor transit project connecting downtown Saint Paul to eastern Minneapolis in order to make it a corridor of opportunity.
Kansas City's Green Impact Zone
This 150-block area in the heart of Kansas City's urban core is national model for place-based investment that is designed to jumpstart the long-term transformation of a distressed area using a comprehensive "green" strategy that includes weatherizing every home that needs it, demolishing dangerous buildings, establishing a bus rapid transit system, providing a comprehensive job training and placement program, developing community gardens on vacant land, and expanding the capacity of neighborhood-based organizations. At the edge of the Green Impact Zone, $750,000 CDBG-R funds and almost $2 million in tax credits is being used to build a 69 unit senior facility that will be one of the largest multi-family buildings in Kansas City to meet Energy Star requirements.
EPA website contains basic information about green building and funding resources that are available at the national, state and local levels for homeowners, industry, government organizations and nonprofits.
Green Communities Criteria
Provides a clear, cost-effective framework for all kinds of affordable housing: new construction and rehabilitation in multifamily as well as single family buildings.
Green Buildings for Cool Cities
Content current as of December 8, 2021.
- Sustainable Communities Initiative
This initiative outlines six new guiding "livability principles" that will be used to coordinate federal housing, transportation, and environmental protection investments. HUD, DOT, and EPA plan to make planning grants available to metropolitan areas, and create mechanisms to ensure those plans are carried out through localities. more...
- Climate Action Map
Map of mayors that signed climate protection agreement.
- Local Sustainability Plans
This website contains links to local sustainability plans and climate action plans.
- Berkeley FIRST
A solar financing program offered by the City of Berkeley that provides property owners an opportunity to borrow money from the City's Sustainable Energy Financing District to install solar photovoltaic electric systems with the cost to be repaid over 20 years through an annual special tax on their property tax bill.
- Parent Earth
This website answers parents' questions about healthy food, childhood obesity and sustainable living.
- Sustainable Flatbush
Makes calculations that demonstrate how changing to Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs can save money and energy.
Provides information on state, federal, and utility financial incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, purchases of energy efficient products and systems, and construction of new energy efficient buildings.
- Building Green HOME Housing
HUD has added a new web page to the HOME Tools section that provides useful information and weblinks about how to develop energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly housing that is affordable to low-income families
- Energy Star
A national program from the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE, offers a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while helping to protect the environment.
Guide to Home Sealing
LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
A national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating systems. RESNET's HERS® Index ratings are recognized by the U.S. mortgage industry, private investors, and federal agencies for verification of building energy performance.