Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Partners and Resources

Check out the following sites for local, regional, national and international information on sustainable development and smart growth. We welcome your suggestions for additional sites.

American Planning Association
The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning — physical, economic, and social — at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The objective of the Association is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and of society more effectively.

The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, a nonprofit organization,has helped New Jersey’s local environmental commissions and concerned citizens preserve and protect the state’s natural resources since 1969.

Community and Environmental Defense Services
CEDS’ mission is to help people defend their community and environment from the impact of poorly planned land development activities.

EcolQ Land Planning and Conservation
The Land Use website is for everyone interested in making smart choices about land use in our communities — choices that are both economically and ecologically intelligent.

Great Plains Institute
The Great Plains Institute works to transform the energy system to benefit the economy and environment.

Greenbelt Alliance
Greenbelt Alliance is the leading land conservation organization in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area. Its mission is to protect the 3.8 million acre Greenbelt of farmlands, watersheds, parks and other productive open space through citizen action, research and education, and advocacy.

Groundwork Center for Sustainable Communities
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is a nonprofit collaborating respectfully with citizens and leaders to protect everything Michigan residents love about Michigan.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
To promote sustainable development in decision-making internationally and within Canada. We contribute new knowledge and concepts, analyze policies, identify and disseminate information about best practices, demonstrate how to measure progress, and build partnerships to amplify these messages.

Island Press
Island Press is a nonprofit organization whose principal purpose is the publication of books on environmental issues. Island Press provides solutions-oriented information to professionals, public officials, business and community leaders, and concerned citizens who are shaping responses to environmental problems. Available at IP’s website is a section on sprawl that contains current information on key sprawl issues as well as links to major sprawl websites.

League of Women Voters of New Jersey
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
NCAT provides information on sustainable technologies and community-based approaches that can help improve the lives of economically disadvantaged people.

National Housing Institute
National Housing Institute is an independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing in America.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Formed in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable. It fights to save historic buildings and the neighborhoods and landscapes they anchor.

Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association
The mission of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association is to promote sound planning as a process essential to improving the quality of life of the citizens of New Jersey.

New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy in both Washington and the state capitals through public education and grass-roots political action.

New Jersey Clean Energy Council
The New Jersey Clean Energy Countil is recogned as a national model that promotes increased energy efficiency; supports installation of clean, renewable sources of energy and provides information to help reduce energy use.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation
A non-profit, member-supported land trust working to promote conservation of land and natural resoures throughout NJ for the benefit of all.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Governing with the Future in Mind is the companion report to Living with the Future in Mind: 2000. Governing with the Future in Mind introduces the strategic initiatives that State government is pursuing to achieve the Goals of a Sustainable State.

New Jersey Highlands Council
The mission of the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council is to restore and enhance the significant resource values of the Highlands, promote appropriate patterns of compatible development, and ensure agricultural viability for an area that is an essential source of drinking water for one-half of the state’s population.

New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency
The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) is dedicated to increasing the availability of and accessibility to safe, decent and affordable housing to families in New Jersey.

New Jersey Office of State Planning
This office coordinates planning throughout New Jersey to protect the environment and guide future growth into compact, mixed-use development and redevelopment. The office implements the goals of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan to achieve comprehensive, long-term planning; and integrates that planning with programmatic and regulatory land-use decisions at all levels of government and the private sector.

New Jersey Pinelands Commission
The Mission of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve, and to encourage compatible economic and other human activities consistent with that purpose.

New Jersey State Long Range Transportation Plan
Offers a current status report on the statewide long-range transportation plan being developed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ TRANSIT.

New Jersey Sustainable State Institute
The New Jersey Sustainable State Institute is dedicated to helping New Jerseyans “Live With the Future In Mind.” Our mission is to create a healthy, just, and efficient New Jersey for us, and for future generations. Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter
This partnership between NJ TRANSIT and the Bloustein School’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University aims to enrich the TOD conversation in New Jersey’s diverse communities by highlighting what is happening in the state and around the country: best practices, model programs, legislation, and local problem-solving experiences.

Rutgers School of Continuing Professional Education
Learn practical knowledge/skills and earn professional continuing education credits in a wide variety of environmental topics at Rutgers. Course topics include brownfields, wetlands, wastewater, environmental funding, pond design, safe pest management, radon, recycling, landscaping, beekeeping, pruning and much more.

ShapingNJ is the state’s nutrition, physical activity and obesity program, focusing on environmental and policy change to reduce obesity and chronic disease.

Sierra Club
Promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions.

Smart Growth America
Smart Growth America is a nationwide coalition promoting a better way to grow; one that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and makes communities more livable.

Smart Growth Network
To encourage development that better serves the economic, environmental and social needs of communities. The Network provides a forum for information-sharing, education, tool development and application, and collaboration on smart growth issues.

Sustainable Communities Network
Linking citizens to resources and to one another as they work to create healthy, vital, sustainable communities.

Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for  municipalities that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life.

Transportation for America
This coalition seeks to align transportation policies with economic opportunity, climate change, energy security, health, housing and community development.

Urban Land Institute
Encourages and fosters high standards of land use planning and real estate development.

US Green Building Council – New Jersey Chapter
New Jersey’s foremost coalition in the public and private sectors promoting the planning, design, construction, and operation/maintenance of buildings that are environmentally responsible, cost effective, productive, and healthy places to live, learn, and work.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
A coalition of 122 international companies united by a shared commitment to the environment and to the principles of economic growth and sustainable development.

World Resources Institute
Independent center for policy research and technical assistance to government and private organizations on global environmental and development issues.

Worldwatch Institute
Worldwatch is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.

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