Communities throughout the Midwest
are looking at ways to plan for growth that will minimize impact on existing communities and natural attributes while improving the quality of life. They are working to achieve seemingly divergent goals, from relieving traffic congestion to preserving open space, to encouraging economic development while preserving the heritage of older neighborhoods.
Some of these efforts include promoting walkable, mixed-use communities; minimizing urban sprawl and reducing the need for costly infrastructure improvements; and supporting planning policies to ensure the region has enough farmland, open space and clean water to meet current and future demands. Communities are implementing practices that will insure a sustainable future for generations to come.
Our conference on this subject was June 30, 2010 and we've provided information from that event here on our site. We welcome you to use this site as your resource for learning more about applying green principles to transportation and infrastructure; implementing best planning practices from watershed protection to conservation design; preserving our farmland; protecting our rivers and much more from people and places that are trying to do it better.