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Environmental Models: Sustainable Regional Planning

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Eco-Logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects (U.S. Department of Transportation / Federal Highways Administration)
Eco-Logical offers a conceptual framework for ecosystem-based mitigation - an innovative method of mitigating infrastructure impacts that cannot be avoided.

Low Impact Development (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
The E.P.A. assembled this toolkit, which provides an array of resources on Low Impact Development (LID), including fact sheets, reports, and design manuals.

Smart Growth (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
The E.P.A.’s Smart Growth strategies have been used across the country to help communities preserve natural lands and critical environmental areas, protect water and air quality, and reuse already-developed land.

Sustainable Infrastructure for Water and Wastewater (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
There is useful information on regional water planning strategies, including best practices on water and wastewater management, full-cost pricing strategies, increasing water efficiency, and watershed protection.

Green Infrastructure Guide (The Conservation Fund)
Planning strategies and best practice case studies for sustainable infrastructure at the regional level.

The Smart Growth Manual (Andres Duany, Jeff Speck, and Mike Lydon)
A guide to sustainable planning, which provides a broad array of best practice examples at the regional levels. 

Toolbox for Regional Policy Analysis (U.S. Federal Highways Administration)
The toolbox is designed to assess the range of impacts of regional transportation on land use.

Assessment Tools

Cascadia Scorecard (Sightline Institute) 
"A simple but far-reaching gauge of the well-being of both people and nature in the Pacific Northwest."

U.S. Drought Portal (National Drought Policy Commission)
This site provides up-to-date information on drought conditions throughout the United States. It includes planning strategies to limit the negative effects of climate change-induced drought on regions.


Guidelines for Environmentally Sound Transportation (OECD)
The OECD produced this framework for developing a long-term regional plan for sustainable transportation.

South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) Sustainability Checklist 
This checklist covers regional sustainability and planning issues.

West Midlands (UK) Sustainability Checklist (West Midlands Regional Assembly and Partners)
An easy-to-use online tool that identifies a range of economic, social and environmental sustainability issues.

Modeling Software

Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
A Geographical Information System (GIS) user interface that provides two watershed assessment models and can be used at multiple scales and temporal periods to predict runoff and sediment yield.

Land Use Evolution and Impact Assessment Model (University of Illinois)
This computer-based model simulates land-use changes across space and time.

Case Studies

Climate Change Action Plan (New England Climate Change Coalition)
The New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers have teamed together to produce a regional climate change action plan in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

Green Infrastructure Wiki: Planning and Policy Case Studies
A set of case studies on regional green infrastructure planning from the U.S. and U.K.

Low Impact Development: Technical Guidance Manual for Puget Sound (Puget Sound Action Team / University of Pierce County Extension)
This 256-page manual was developed as a regional sustainability manual, taking design professionals through the process of site assessment, planning, and construction with best practices for minimizing environmental disruption.

North West Green Infrastructure Guide (North West Green Infrastructure Think Tank)
A guide that provides detailed information on the concept of green infrastructure and provides initial guidance on producing a regional green infrastructure plan.

Western Climate Initiative (WCI)
The WCI partners include seven states in the western U.S. and four Canadian provinces that have teamed together to develop a joint strategy to reduce GHGs in the region.

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