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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development: Case Studies
Abstract: Sustainable development success stories from communities across the United States
Source: Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development
Conservation Law Foundation Case Studies
Abstract: A resource for people working to create more livable communities through sustainable measures.
Source: Conservation Law Foundation
Economic Benefits of Parks and Open Space
Abstract: How land conservation helps communities grow smart and protect the bottom line as an investment that produces important economic benefits.
Source: The Trust for Public Land
Environmental and Economic Costs of Soil Erosion and Conservation Benefits
Abstract: Soil erosion is a major environmental threat to the sustainability and productive capacity of agriculture. During the last 40 years, nearly one-third of the worlds arable land has been lost by erosion and continues to be lost at a rate of more than 10 million hectares per year.
Source: Science Magazine
Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation [PDF]
Abstract: To address the gap between recognizing the benefits of Smart Growth and developing and implementing policies to achieve it.
Source: Smart Growth Network
Greenprint for Growth [PDF]
Abstract: Haphazard land protection won't create habitat corridors, protect drinking water, allow for trails and greenways, or substantially impact patterns of growth. Greenprinting provides a strategic framework for making land conservation more productive.
Source: The Trust for Public Land
Linking Brownfields Redevelopment and Greenfields Protection for Sustainable Devleopment [PDF]
Abstract: Includes: an overview of development trends; an overview of brownfields redevelopment issues (describes Great Lakes area brownfields policies); discussion of community involvement in brownfields decisionmaking; overview of greenfields issues with a focus on agricultural lands; an analysis of gaps and weaknesses in existing policies; and 32 "strategic actions" to promote and link brownfields redevelopment and greenfields protection.
Source: Great Lakes Commission
The River Budget
Abstract: The River Budget, an annual publication developed by the river movement, is used to guide the U.S. government's investment in river conservation.
Source: American Rivers
Transportation, Land Use and Sustainability
Abstract: Sample initiative including information on transportation, land use, and sustainability. Excellent examples of what communities should consider to exist within the local environmental carrying capacity.
Source: Florida Center for Community Design and Research
Western Governors' Association Initiatives and Workgroups
Abstract: A set of principles for protecting air, land and water. The Governors believe adoption and use of the principles by state and federal agencies, local governments, businesses, and individuals can help the West successfully deal with increasingly complex environmental problems.
Source: Western Governor's Association
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