Click on the links below to read frameworks, guides, and other resources about  integrating sustainability into municipal and community planning!

NARC's Solar Ready II Initiative 

The National Association of Regional Councils, or NARC, launched a new Solar Ready website as part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge, Solar Ready II project (SRII). Through SRII, NARC is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, and the Council of State Governments to assist nine regional planning councils in their efforts to implement solar best management practices (BMPs), training materials, and proven implementation methods. Ultimately, SRII will result in more streamlined and standardized solar practices, measurable improvements in solar market conditions, and access for ten million people across the U.S.

The Best Complete Street Policies of 2013 - National Complete Streets Coalition

Communities across the country are making roads safer and more accessible for everyone who  uses them—and these changes are happening on a larger scale than ever before. In 2013, more than 80 communities adopted Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to  destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel. Each year, the National Complete Streets Coalition examines and scores Complete Streets policies  all across the country. This report is a summary of the the Coalition's evaluations. 

A Guide for Implementing Integrated Community Sustainability Plans in Nova Scotia

This framework  for municipalities to implement integrated community sustainability plans (ICSPs) is designed to be practical and easy to use. It outlines how municipalities can build a culture of sustainability and integrate long-term goals and principles into daily operations and decision-making. While it was developed for the Union of Nova Scotia municipalities, it includes leading practices, examples and resources drawn from municipalities across Canada that have had success with implementing their ICSPs. 

Sustainable Urban Infrastructure - Chicago Department of Transportation
The City of Chicago has earned national recognition for its forward-thinking commitment to urban environmental sustainability. Federal, state, and municipal decision makers look to Chicago’s leadership on such issues as green roofs, green-building permitting, green alleys, sustainable streets, bicycle and public transportation planning, park and open space development, and urban wildlife habitat preservation. These guidelines build on these earlier and ongoing efforts and capture the lessons learned from hundreds of green-infrastructure pilot projects that have been installed throughout the city, as well as national best practice. 

Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (Toolkit) to assist local governments in identifying and removing barriers to sustainable design and green building within their permitting process. This Toolkit addresses the codes/ordinances that would affect the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site. There are two sections to the Toolkit. The first section is an Assessment Tool and Resource Guide. The second section is a guide to developing an Action Plan for implementing changes within a community’s permitting process.


The Centers for Disease Control Healthy Places Toolkit 
The CDC Healthy Places toolkit helps planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process. It was developed in partnership between the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative.