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Social Models: Sustainable Neighborhood Planning

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Approaches to Urban Slums (World Bank Institute)
With more than nine viewing hours of content, this sourcebook compiles knowledge from the World Bank’s 35-plus years of efforts to improve slums worldwide.

Practical Ways to Engage with Your Community (Local Government Improvement and Development, U.K.)
This site consists of various methods and tools for community empowerment, including consultation methods, participatory techniques, and monitoring and evaluation.

Shaping Active, Healthy Communities (Heart & Stroke Foundation)
This toolkit is intended for individuals and organizations concerned with fostering physical activity through community design. Use tools to analyze community design, physical activity, and health.

Rating Systems

LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) (U.S. Green Building Council)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)'s LEED-ND is a best practice rating system designed to facilitate the planning and development of sustainable neighborhoods.

SEED: Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED Network)
The SEED Evaluator is a rating system that allows communities to define goals for design projects and then measure success through a third-party review. Completion of the SEED Evaluator can lead to the SEED Certification process, which allows communities to develop their leadership and decision-making from within.

STAR Community Index (ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Center for American Progress, and U.S. Green Building Council)
In 2010, the STAR Community Index will roll-out as a national, consensus-based framework for gauging the sustainability and livability of U.S. communities.

Assessment Tools

Bicycle Level of Service Calculator (Sustainable Cities Institute)
This calculator provides a rating of how well-served bikers are on a particular road.

St. Louis Environment and Physical Activity Instrument (St. Louis University School of Public Health)
This 104-question survey measures physical activity and environmental influences on physical activity with questions on walking behavior, neighborhood infrastructure for walking and cycling, and community support for physical activity.

Walkscore is an online tool that helps users determine neighborhood walkability — the extent to which walking is a convenient, safe, and pleasant way to get around.

Water Quality Scorecard (Environmental Protection Agency)
The E.P.A. offers a guide on how to incorporate green infrastructure to ensure that neighborhoods meet water quality goals.


Healthy Neighborhood Development Checklist ('s yes/no checklist of questions to consider in the composition of a healthy neighborhood.

Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index (San Francisco Department of Health)
This index can be used to conduct a baseline assessment of pedestrian infrastructure and address steps for improvement. Also, see part two.

The Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children (Committee on Environmental Health, American Academy of Pediatrics)
This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics’s journal, Pediatrics, touches on the ways in which neighborhood and school design affects children’s physical activity.

Case Studies

Hunts Points Neighborhood (Sustainable South Bronx)
Through efforts led by Sustainable South Bronx, the Hunts Point neighborhood in the South Bronx got a new park with lots of social programming.

Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia (Prevention Institute)
Through a city-wide initiative to improve the aesthetics of Philadelphia, disenfranchised groups became engaged in the transformation of their neighborhoods.

Organizing a Neighborhood Tree Planting (Friends of the Urban Forest)
This organization in San Francisco helps local organizers get set-up and start planting trees in neighborhoods.

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