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SMART GROWTH

    r e s o u r c e s:

    1. smart growth network
    2. smart communities network
    3. national center for smart growth research + education
    4. smart growth america

    a c t i o n s:

    PLAN SPACES + BUILDINGS TO SERVE MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS OR CHANGE FUNCTIONS

      r e s o u r c e s:

      a c t i o n s:

      1. zoning changes to encourage mixed use
      2. form based codes

      DESIGN + RENOVATE BUILDINGS TO MEET HIGH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

        r e s o u r c e s:

        1. energy efficiency programs
        2. Passive House, US Green Building Council; Green Globes
        3. green home guide
        4. regreen guidelines for renovations
        5. green playbook for buildings
        6. East Baltimore Development, Inc. plan for renovating rowhomes with green standards

        a c t i o n s:

        1. create city green building codes, portland; austin; chicago
        2. when designing, it is important to consider your specific climate, microclimate, culture, budget, opportunities
        LOCATE PARKING BEHIND + PEDESTRIAN ACCESS IN FRONTĀ 

          r e s o u r c e s:
          a c t i o n s:

          ACCESSIBLE BY SIDEWALKS + BIKE PATHS

            r e s o u r c e s:
            a c t i o n s:
            1. connect travel from car to building with safe pedestrian oriented pathways
            2. provide sidewalk seating + inviting places to rest
            3. provide well paved sidewalks
            4. provide safe bicycle paths on main street roads
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