Free  Smart  Growth Publications  from
EPA  and  Smart Growth Network Partners
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Smart ^Growth
These publications can be downloaded from the links provided. Free hard copies are available for publications that
include a publication number in the description. To order, email or call (800) 490-9198 and
request by publication number.

               Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and
               Environmental Quality (2nd Edition) (EPA, 2013): This update of the 2001 publication examines how development patterns
               affect the environment and human health and provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies
               can reduce development impacts. EPA 231 -K-l 3-001.

               This Is Smart Growth (Smart Growth Network and International City/County Management Association, 2006): This
               publication illustrates how communities can turn their values, visions, and aspirations into reality, using smart growth
               techniques to improve development. It features 40 places around the country, from cities to suburbs to small towns to rural
               areas, that have found success by implementing smart growth principles. Available in Spanish (online only).
               EPA 231-K-06-002.

               Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation (Smart Growth Network and International City/County
               Management Association, 2002): Featuring 100 distinct and real-world-tested approaches, the report identifies 10
               policies for each of the 10 smart growth principles and provides more than 60 "Practice Tips" to describe the experience of
               communities that have used these policies. Available in Spanish (online only). EPA 231 -R-05-001.
               Getting to Smart Growth II: 100 More Policies for Implementation (Smart Growth Network and International City/County
               Management Association, 2003): This second volume describes more concrete techniques to put the 10 smart growth
               principles into practice. Available in Spanish (online only). EPA 231-R-05-002.

               National Award for Smart Growth Achievement- Each year, EPA recognizes communities that use the principles of smart
               growth to create places that respect community culture and the  environment, foster economic development, and enhance
               quality of life and public health. Booklets containing illustrated case studies of the winners  are available at: 0
               2013:EPA-231-F-14-001     2010: EPA 231-K-l 0-001      2007: EPA 231-K-07-001
               2012: EPA 231-K-l 2-002    2009: EPA 231-K-09-002      2005: EPA 231-K-05-001
               2011: EPA 231 -K-l 1 -002    2008: EPA 231 -K-08-001      2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006: Available online only.

               Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure (EPA, 2014): Communities across the country want to
               protect their water quality while also getting the greatest possible benefit from every investment they make. This report aims to
               help local governments, water utilities, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders integrate green
               infrastructure strategies into plans that can transform their communities.

               Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice,
               and Equitable Development (EPA, 2013): This publication offers low-income, minority, tribal, and overburdened communities
               strategies to shape development that responds to their needs and reflects their values. Community-based organizations, local
               and regional decision-makers, developers, and others can use these strategies to build healthy, sustainable, and inclusive
               communities. EPA 231-K-l 0-005.

               Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments (EPA, 2014): Smart growth strategies can help
               local governments build on existing assets and maximize the return on investment while helping to protect the environment
               and human health. This paper reviews the latest evidence of the connection between smart growth approaches and the fiscal
               strength of local governments to help them make decisions about where and how to grow.

               Smart Growth and Economic Success: The Business Case (EPA, 2013): Many companies recognize that compact, walkable
               downtowns are good for business and are choosing their operating locations accordingly. This report discusses how locations
               with housing ana1 transportation options, a mix of uses close together, and a high quality of life can provide economic
               advantages for businesses while protecting the environment.

             Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development (EPA, 2013): This paper is intended to help
             developers who want to understand more about the risks and rewards of infill development. It examines the challenges
             of infil(.idevelopment and how developers can overcome them, outlines demographic trends driving increasing demand
             for infill, and summarizes research on how reduced infrastructure costs and higher property values can earn developers a
             good return on their investment while protecting the environment, strengthening the economy, and improving quality of life.

             Smart Growth and Economic Success (EPA, 2012): This report discusses how developers, businesses, local governments,
             and others can reap economic advantages from compact, walkable development that provides  a diversity of options. Two
             additional reports in this series were published in 2013, and a fourth paper, on why smart growth strategies are good fiscal
             policy for local governments, is expected in 2014.,htm
             Equitable Redevelopment of Petroleum Brownflelds for Zuni Pueblo and Other Tribal Communities (EPA, 2013): This
             step-by-step guide to redeveloping petroleum brownfield sites to bring new investment and opportunity to communities
             focuses on sites in Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico but can be useful to tribes nationwide.

             Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development (EPA, 2013): Transit-oriented development often
             requires significant investments in infrastructure and community facilities. This report provides an overview of existing
             and emerging tools and strategies for funding and financing transit-oriented infrastructure such as bike and pedestrian
             improvements, parks, streetscape improvements, structured parking, and utilities.

             Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions: 2012 Edition (EPA, 2012): This report analyzes
             residential construction trends in  previously developed areas to determine where infill development was taking place in 209
             U.S. metropolitan regions between 2000 and 2009. The findings affirm the overall conclusions of the 2010 and 2009
             reports while painting a more geographically detailed picture of infill development trends.

             Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes (EPA, 2012): This tool provides policy
             options that can help rural communities strengthen their economies while preserving their character. These policies can
             help rural communities ensure that their development is fiscally sound, environmentally responsible, and socially equitable.
             Topics include fiscal impact analysis, commercial development, wastewater infrastructure, rural roads, and efficient
             development patterns. EPA 231-K-12-001.
Location Efficiency and Housing Type - Boiling it Down to BTUs (Jonathan Rose Companies for
EPA, 2011): This study finds that a home's location and access to transit are as important to reducing energy use as are
energy-efficiency measures in homes and cars.
             Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures (EPA, 2011): This guide helps transportation agencies
             incorporate environmental, economic, and social  sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance
             Market Acceptance of Smart Growth (EPA, 2011): This study compares resale prices for single-family houses and
             townhouses in smart growth developments with units in conventional developments that are equivalent in terms of size,
             age, amenities, and location.

Iowa Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Report (EPA, 2011): EPA and FEMA worked with state and local leaders
in Iowa to figure out how the latest science on changing weather patterns due to climate change could be integrated into
local and state planning efforts to prepare for and mitigate future natural disasters.
Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities (International City/County Management Association and Smart
Growth Network, 2010): Smart growth strategies can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and  -
working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities. EPA 231-K-10-003.
Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides - Smart Growth: A Guide to Developing and Implementing
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (EPA, 2010): This paper describes smart growth strategies that can help local
governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life.
Getting Smart About Climate Change (International City/County Management Association and Smart Growth Network,
2010): This report outlines nine strategies for successfully applying smart growth principles to climate concerns on the
local and regional levels.
Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (EPA, 2010): Local codes affect the design,
construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site. This toolkit helps local
governments, the development community, and other building professionals identify and remove barriers to sustainable
design and green building in their codes and permitting processes.
Restructuring the Commercial Strip: A Practical Guide for Planning the Revitalization of Deteriorating Strip Corridors
(EPA, 2010): This guide provides help on coordinating public and private investments and essential planning and design
strategies to create a multimodal transportation system and thriving neighborhoods. h/corrldor_guide.htm
Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities (NOAA, EPA, International City/County Management Association,
and Rhode Island Sea Grant, 2009): Featuring 10 guidelines for development along the water, this publication highlights tools,
techniques, and examples and is intended for planners, local decision-makers, developers, nonprofit groups, and others with an
interest* in waterfront development issues. EPA 231 -K-09-OOl.


Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes (EPA, 2009): This tool explores 11  Essential Fixes
to address the most common barriers local governments face in implementing smart growth. Topics include mixed use,
parking requirements, street standards, stormwater, and smart annexation policies. Actions are organized as modest
adjustments, major modifications, or wholesale changes. EPA 231-K-09-003.
Water Quality Scorecard: Incorporating Green Infrastructure Practices at the Municipal, Neighborhood, and Site Scales
(EPA, 2009): This tool can help communities in rural, suburban, and urban settings incorporate green infrastructure
practices into locpl codes and ordinances to protect local water quality and improve both the built and natural
environments. EPA 231-B-09-001.
Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design & Development (EPA, 2009): These guidelines provide a starting point
for communities to consider where, how, and what to develop using public investments. They help communities choose
smart locations, create a sense of place, and incorporate green building and infrastructure. The guidelines support existing
certification programs, such as LEED-ND and ENERGY STAR. EPA 231-K-09-004.^guldellnes.htm

Smart Growth: The Business Opportunity for Developers and Production Builders (EPA, 2009): Papers written by
real estate experts examine the business arguments that could help large-scale developers and production builders
of master-planned communities decide to build smart growth projects. Topics covered include market demand,
demographics, marketing, and infrastructure costs.
Measuring the Air Quality and Transportation Impacts of Infill Development (EPA, 2007): This report
illustrates how regions can calculate'^e transportation and  air quality benefits of infill, based on standard
transportation forecasting models. The results suggest that infill development can be one of the most
effective transportation and emission reduction investments  regions can pursue.  EPA 231-R-07-001.

Parking Spaces/Community Places: Finding the Balance Through Smart Growth Solutions (EPA, 2006):  Parking
policies and requirements can have a strong influence on both the built and natural environments in a community. The
approaches described in this report can help communities explore new, flexible parking policies that can encourage
growth and balance parking needs with other goals. EPA 231-K-06-001.
Turning Bases Into Great Places: New Life for Closed Military Facilities (EPA, 2006): The challenges of having a
military base close may seem daunting, but many communities have transformed former bases into valuable assets. This
guidebook discusses creating a vision for former installations that provides housing and transportation choices, creates a
mix of jobs and housing, and makes the most of natural asset's,
Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development (EPA, 2006): This study helps communities better
understand the impacts of higher and lower density development on water resources. The findings indicate that low-
density development may not always be best for protecting water resources. EPA 231-ft-06-001.

        Growing Toward More Efficient Water Use: Linking Development, Infrastructure, and Drinking Water Policies
        (EPA, 2006): Growth affects the costs of water infrastructure, demand for water, and the efficiency of water delivery.
        However, water policies also influence growth. This report examines ways to accommodate growth while keeping water
        consumption and distribution costs down. EPA 230-R-06-001.
        Using Smart Growth Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices (EPA, 2005): To comply with the Clean
        Water Act, more than 6,000 communities are developing municipal stormwater permitting programs. This publication
        reviews nine smart growth techniques that can prevent or manage stormwater runoff to help communities encourage
        smarter growth and meet regulatory requirements,
        Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth (EPA, 2004): This publication compiles 75 policies to help communities,
        local governments, and state and regional planners who are already familiar with smart growth and are seeking ideas
        on how to protect their water resources. These policies improve communities while protecting water quality.
        Schools for Successful Communities: An Element of Smart Growth (Council of Educational Facility Planners
        International and EPA, 2004): Where and how schools are built will  profoundly affect the environment and the
        communities they serve. This publication helps communities invest in schools that will give their children the best possible
        education, use taxpayer dollars wisely, and improve the entire community,
        Creating Great Neighborhoods: Density in Your Community (Local Government Commission, EPA, National
        Association of Realtors, 2003): This publication highlights successful community-led efforts to create vibrant
        neighborhoods through density and introduces five time-tested design principles to ensure that density improves the
        Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting (EPA, 2003): This study shows that school siting and
        design can influence traffic congestion, air pollution, school transportation budgets, and children's health. This
        research provides a basis for making sound school investment decisions that will lead to the high-quality schools and
        neighborhoods we all desire.
        Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection (National Neighborhood Coalition and Smart Growth
        Network, 2001): This report provides case studies of smart growth approaches that can make more affordable housing
        available. Public, private, and nonprofit entities can consider these approaches to create more affordable housing in
        their communities,
        Pedestrian- and Transit-Friendly Design: A Primer for Smart Growth (International City/County Management Association
        and Smart Growth Network, 1999): This primer suggests design elements that make walking and transit use easier and
        more comfortable, offering illustrations of key features.
        Best Development Practices: A Primer for Smart Growth (International City/County Management Association and
        Smart Growth Network, 1998): This primer describes land use practices that create attractive communities, offer more
        transportation choices, and protect the environment,

Online  Resources
Smart Growth Online:
Smart Growth Online is a web-based clearinghouse of smart growth news, events, information, and resources. Developed and funded with
EPA assistance1, this site is designed to advance public understanding of smart growth principles and how growth can make communities
economically, socially, and environmentally stronger.

Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Reports:
Since 2005, the SGIA program has helped  selected communities find solutions to development-related challenges such as corridor
revitalization, stormwater management, zoning standards, and affordable housing. The reports from the completed assistance projects can give
other communities models and tools to help improve development.

Greening America's Capitals Reports:
Through this program, EPA works with state capital cities to develop an implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly
neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies. Reports from the projects provide helpful ideas for other places.
In addition, Lessons from Greening America's Capitals Pro/ecfs describes lessons that can help all communities incorporate green design
strategies into planning and development.

Reports from Assistance to Iowa Communities:
In 2009, EPA and FEMA assisted six Iowa communities with rebuilding after floods and tornadoes. These reports present smart growth
strategies to help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters.

Smart Location Database:
This nationwide geographic data resource for measuring location efficiency makes data about built environment characteristics more easily
accessible. Users can compare the location efficiency of different neighborhoods or metropolitan regions, use the tool's data for scenario
planning, or use it to conduct research or develop tools.

Impervious Surface Growth Model:
This spreadsheet tool can help communities estimate and compare the likely impervious surface impacts of proposed housing and
commercial development scenarios. The tool models impervious surface growth based on density of housing and jobs as well as the proposed
development's location within a metropolitan region.

Trip Generation Tool for Mixed-Use Developments: trlpgeneration.html
This spreadsheet tool makes it easy to estimate trips generated by a new mixed-use development to more fairly assess these projects in
development review processes.

Smart Growth Illustrated:
It is often easier to communicate ideas about density, design, walkability, and housing and transportation choice with pictures than with
words alone. Smart Growth Illustrated provides visual examples of smart growth techniques as they have been used in 20 places around
the country.

Smart Growth Scorecards:
EPA has collected a set of sample scorecards, developed  by various organizations and municipalities, to'help communities assess their
development policies and proposed projects.

Model Course Prospectuses: Teaching smart growth at colleges and universities:
Colleges and universities can help local  governments address development challenges with technical, intellectual, and institutional
resources. To help faculty members organize courses that give students hands-on experience helping communities, EPA has compiled
sample course  prospectuses.

Webinars, "Videos, and Podcasts:
This page lists the free webinars that EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities hosts on a variety of smart growth topics, as well'as podcasts
and videos from EPA staff and projects.
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