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American Planning Association's Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division
The ENRE Division works to promote best environmental, natural resources and energy planning practices in the work of planners.

Building America Information Resources Search
This online library disseminates technical information, including guidebooks, fact sheets, and case studies, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Building America program and its associated buildings projects. The publications in this database are presented as PDF files and can be searched according to subject categories or document type.

Building Better Communities
An information clearinghouse and communication forum dedicated to building inclusive communities and to successfully siting affordable housing and community services.

Center for Neighborhood Technology
CNT works toward creating sustainable communities through the invention and implementation of new tools and methods that create livable urban communities for everyone.

Great Cities Initiative
A program by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) that seeks to improve the livability of neighborhoods through community-based revitalization. The Initiative provides step-by-step plans that address issues ranging from parks to transportion, buildings and markets.

Global Green's Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing
Global Green's work supports community-based affordable housing developers throughout the development process by demonstrating environmental building principles through case studies, and makes recommendations for design, construction and operation.

The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Translation Paper #15: Energy and Smart Growth - Makes the connection on green building and smart growth, with emphasis on the importance of how we build and where we build.

Smart Communities Network
Network geared toward creating energy smart communities.

Web Tools

CITYgreen is a GIS application for land-use planning and policy-making. The software has the capability of analyzing components such as summer energy savings, air quality, stormwater runoff, and tree growth.

Green Developments
Green Developments is an interactive CD-ROM that describes how environmental considerations are being viewed as opportunities to create better buildings and communities by working with the environment instead of against it.

Planning for Community, Energy, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability (PLACE3S)
The PLACE3S tool is an innovative planning method that integrates focused public participation, community development and design, and computer-assisted quantification tools (GIS) to help communities produce plans that save energy, attract jobs and development, reduce pollution and traffic congestion, conserve open space and retain dollars in the local economy.

Rocky Mountain Institute's Community Energy Opportunity Finder
The Community Energy Opportunity Finder is an interactive tool that will help you determine your community's best bets for energy solutions that benefit the local economy, the community, and the environment.

Planners Web
City and regional planning resources, including publications, articles, guides, links to other sites.

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