RESEARCH GUIDE: SUSTAINABLE CITIES + COMMUNITIES
Certified Communities: When Greening Neighborhoods One Building at a Time Isn’t Enough | BuildingGreen
This comparison of community-scale certification programs includes a very helpful table of the scope, key requirements and other characteristics of 8 programs: EcoDistricts, 2030 Districts, Living Community Challenge, LEED for Communities, LEED for Neighborhood Development, STAR-Certified, WELL Community Standard, and Green Communities
Provides a brief introduction to four programs - EcoDistricts, 2030 Districts, Living Community Challenge, and LEED for Communities - with links to additional information
Find information about planning practices that improve environmental quality, address climate change, and reduce development impacts on natural resources
Provides an overview of city and community planning, sprawl, smart growth, the New Urbanism movement, and more, with links to relevant codes, standards and organizations.
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by Richard Jackson and Stacy Sinclair
Describes community design strategies that promote the health and wellbeing of the occupants as well as the environment, with examples from across the United States
by David Alan Kopec
Explores the connections between environmental health and sustainability, and provides design strategies that support both
by Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin and Richard Jackson
Explains how design, land use and transportation decisions can promote health and improve quality of life in a community
Explore this series of global research and events that investigate the social, technological, environmental, economic and political factors shaping cities around the world
Read the detailed plan, annual progress reports, and other related documents
Find information about New Urbanism, which focuses on human-scaled urban design and addresses issues of transport, equity, health, environment and finance
Read the detailed plan, explore sustainability news and updates from the County, and check the County’s progress on implementing the plan
Available for new construction and renovations of communities and multifamily residential, retail, and workplace properties, Fitwel certification indicates a building or community has been optimized for the physical, mental, and social health and well-being of its occupants.
Learn about this tool for evaluating and creating inclusive, healthy public places that support health equity
Available for new construction, existing buildings, interiors, ongoing building operations, and neighborhood development, LEED certification recognizes sustainable design and construction in commercial and residential projects.
This monthly newsletter provides information and resources on ways in which local governments are taking steps to make their communities more livable
To meet the Living Building Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Certification is open to neighborhood, campus, community, landscape, infrastructure, new construction, and renovation projects.
Provides information about community development and planning strategies that protect human health and the environment
Explore information about smart growth that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement
Provides information and reports about Sustainable Communities Strategies in California
The front of each board must be labeled with the name of the student(s) and with the year and semester completed
Each board should measure 16 x 20 inches, 20 x 30 inches, or 24 x 36 inches
by Maureen Mitton
Provides quick guidance on preparing sketches, renderings, plans, models, presentation boards, materials boards, and slideshows for design presentations
When your instructor doesn’t care how you cite as long as you do cite, make sure to include the information someone would need to find your source on their own. A citation for a web page might look like this:
“Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors.” Green Building Initiative. https://www.thegbi.org/green-globes-certification/how-to-certify/sustainable-interiors/.
Cite It Where You Use It
Every time you use a quotation, a piece of information, or an image from another source, cite the source right where you use it, whether it’s on your project board or in your paper, job book or presentation.
Include enough information to allow your audience to figure out which source (from your complete list at the end) you’re citing. For example, if you use the web page in the example above, the citation on your board or presentation slide might be “Green Globes”.
Check out this tutorial on Citing Sources Informally for more guidelines and examples to informally cite every source you use - whether it’s a book, magazine, website, blog or video - and avoid plagiarism.
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