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Brownfields Redevelopment Toolbox for Disadvantaged Communities (Northeast-Midwest Institute Center for Policy Initiatives)
The toolbox offers insight into how to build a network of allies in the brownfield redevelop process.

Designs and Codes that Reduce Crime Around Multifamily Housing (Local Government Commission)
This sites offers a set of resources and case studies that outline how to ensure multifamily housing is safe.

Planning Outdoor Space for Aging (Access to Nature)
Educational, for-purchase DVDs educate designers about the ins and outs of how to improve senior health through landscape design.

Using Rainwater to Grow Livable Communities: Sustainable Stormwater Management Best Practices (Water Environment Research Foundation)
The Water Environment Research Foundation's toolbox covers strategies for success, frameworks, communication, planning and development aids, and a set of resources and case studies.

Rating Systems

Sustainable Sites Initiative / Site Design-Human Health and Wellbeing Benchmarks (Sustainable Sites Initiative)
Part 6 of this document outlines the Human Health and Wellbeing Benchmarks, which provide a list of indicators for a socially-beneficial site.

Assessment Tools

Easy Access to Historic Landscapes (English Heritage)
This document explains how to design access improvements for historic landscapes so they are inclusive.

Health Impact Assessment of Green Space (Health Scotland)
Along with the guide on how to conduct a health impact assessment (HIA) of a green space, this document includes background on the relationship between green space and health.


American Disabilities Act Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (American Disabilities Act)
In accordance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), these guidelines ensure that buildings are both accessible and accommodating for disabled Americans.

Accessible Gardening for Therapeutic Horticulture (University of Minnesota)
Here is a basic run-through of considerations and strategies for designing an accessible therapeutic garden.

Healing Landscapes (Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series, University of Minnesota)
This site provides some basic information along with suggestions for and case studies of landscapes designed to have specific therapeutic value.

Health and Complete Streets (National Complete Streets Coalition)
The National Complete Streets Coalition outlines the relationship between health and street design. There are a set of resources.

The Asthma Friendly Garden (Tom Ogren, American Holistic Health Association)
The site outlines twelve easy suggestions for attractive gardens for asthmatic or pollen-sensitive people.

Universal Design Resources (The Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University)
With an abundant list of organizations and resources to check out, this site covers universal design topics.

Case Studies

Brownfields Projects to Improve Public Health (National Governors Association)
The National Governors Association highlights examples of site brownfield remediation.

High Point (Seattle Housing Authority)
This Seattle project redeveloped WWII-era barracks-style housing into sustainable affordable housing featuring innovative landscape architecture. The site includes complete streets, a large central commons park, green infrastructure systems, and allergen-free landscaping that have reduced emergency room visits by 67 percent.

North Center Senior Campus (American Association of Retired Persons)
The Lakota Group won the 2009 Livable Communities Award for this affordable seniors residential complex that is situated near public transit and incorporates both universal design and green building principles.

Seattle Green Factor (City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development)
Modeled on Berlin's Biotope Area Factor scoring system, the City of Seattle created the Seattle Green Factor (SGF), which requires a range of landscape features to be used. Landscape features are weighted for functional and aesthetic values. The idea is to use landscape to create human-scale spaces in an increasingly dense urban environment.

The Elizabeth and Nona Evans Restorative Garden (Cleveland Botanical Garden)
Guided by the belief that nature has a restorative power, the garden is designed as therapeutic place for the public and individuals with special needs. Design details, such as including a narrative in braille to line the handrails throughout the garden, allow a vast majority of visitors to have a powerful experience.

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden (The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden)
This eight-acre healing garden incorporates Japanese Meditation Garden principles, runs programs, and has on-site therapists for breast cancer patients.

Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics Healing Garden (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)
The garden, which was created for and by veterans, is a primary component of treatment at this veterans' rehabilitation center.
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