Promotional Partners

Become a Promotional Partner!

Conference Promotional Partners play a vital role in the overall success of this long-running conference series.

Through their non-monetary support, this impressive multi-disciplinary group of agencies, associations, and organizations helps get the word out about this national conference—throughout the region, the state, and across the entire country. Their efforts ensure that the New Partners for Smart Growth™ Conference draws a multi-disciplinary national audience—and without their valuable support—this conference would not be the premier smart growth event it continues to be each year.

Promotional Partners will receive a $25 registration discount code that can be used by anyone in their organization and can be shared through networks. If you would like to become a Promotional Partner, contact Grace at You can also complete the form below.

2018 Promotional  Partners

21st Century School Fund

The 21st Century School Fund (21CSF) was founded in 1994 on the premise that communities are responsible for creating healthy, safe, and educationally appropriate learning environments. 21CSF is dedicated to building the public will and capacity to modernize public school facilities so they support high quality education and community revitalization.

1000 Friends of Iowa

1000 Friends of Iowa is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1998 and based in Des Moines, Iowa. 1000 Friends of Iowa is the only group in the state focused solely on promoting responsible land use and sustainability in community, state, and federal development decisions. We seek to prevent poorly-planned land use decisions and sprawl through citizen engagement and education about sustainable development. We encourage land use planning that protects farmland and natural areas, and ensures livable communities through implementation of smart growth principles.

1000 Friends of Oregon

At 1000 Friends of Oregon, we work with Oregonians to enhance our quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas. Since 1975, 1000 Friends of Oregon has defended productive Oregon landscapes and the families they support, while promoting the qualities community, economy and environment that have made Oregon such a special place to live. 1000 Friends has been there every step of the way. We’ve been doing it for forty years and we’ll be at it for at least forty more. No other organization does what we do for Oregon.

AARP, California

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families, such as health care, employment, income security, and protection from financial abuse.

AARP, Washington DC

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families, such as health care, employment, income security, and protection from financial abuse.

Active Living By Design

Active Living By Design advances community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and well-being for all. We are strategic partners for communities and those who invest in them, helping turn visions of health into equitable and lasting impact. At local, state, and national scales, we connect community leaders with inspiring success stories, lessons learned, and each other to deepen their capacity as changemakers. Drawing on our experience supporting hundreds of partnerships, we strengthen assets and enhance efforts to grow an enduring culture of health and well-being.

Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

The Alliance is a coalition of community-based organizations and advocacy groups building shared power to advance strategic campaigns for racial justice, economic justice, environmental justice, and health equity in economic growth and land development in the Twin Cities region. The Alliance believes that the people, places, and issues of the Twin Cities are all connected. We find creative ways to link resource allocation and public policy decisions to more equitably benefit every person and place in the region.

Alta Planning + Design

With licensed Professional Engineers on staff, Alta offers a unique blend of skills to produce intuitive, safe, and comfortable to use solutions, from concept to implementation. Our staff bring multi-disciplinary expertise in greenway design, complete street and streetscapes, traffic analysis and signal design and high quality bikeways.

America Walks 

America Walks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit national organization is leading the way in making America a great place to walk. We provide a voice for walking and walkable communities with federal agencies, provide strategy support, training and technical assistance to statewide, regional, and local organizations, and serve as the convener of the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Together, America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative boast 700 allied organizations who across the nation are working to increase walking and make America a better place to walk.

American Institute of Architects, Kansas City

AIA Kansas City provides services and benefits that empower architects to create environments that enhance quality of life and our collective future.

American Planning Association, National Capital Area Chapter

The National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Planning Association represents public and private sector planners, planning academics and students, elected officials, and citizen planners in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, Maryland. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and diverse vehicle for local fulfillment of the professional interests of APA members and of the urban planning profession generally. The Chapter and its members, through their knowledge and experience in planning, help to shape communities and environments that are responsive to the needs and problems of society.

American Planning Association, Sacramento Valley Section

APA-California, Sacramento Valley Section provides a variety of professional development services. The Sacramento Valley Section provides varied and unique educational and networking opportunities for members through conferences and AICP Exam preparation programs.

American Planning Association, Washington Chapter

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is an organization of people with an interest in land use, housing, transportation, environmental, economic and social planning. Among others, our membership includes citizen planners, planning commissioners and other planning officials, and professional planners within the State of Washington and elsewhere.

American Public Health Association

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 145-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. Our mission is to improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status

American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), a 501(c)(6) organization, is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)

AMPO is the transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPOs’ abilities to improve metropolitan transportation systems. AMPO is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of “metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)” nationwide. Federal highway and transit statutes require, as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas, the designation of MPOs, which have responsibility for planning, programming and coordination of federal highway and transit investments. AMPO offers its member MPOs technical assistance and training, conferences and workshops, frequent print and electronic communications, research, a forum for transportation policy development and coalition building, and a variety of other services.

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

The mission of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is to grow the pedestrian and bicycle profession and its influence by facilitating the exchange of professional and technical knowledge, elevating practitioners’ skills and defining the field. APBP members work at all levels of government, in manufacturing, and as consultants, advocates, researchers, and students in a wide range of disciplines: transportation planning and engineering, urban design, landscape architecture, public health, active living, and Safe Routes to School.

Association of State Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO’s primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation’s health.

Bay Area Climate Collaborative

The Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) coordinates the planning efforts of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

California Air Resources Board

ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants, while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.

California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative

We are a collaborative of local leaders seeking to build climate resilience for California’s Capital Region. We bring together stakeholders from across sectors and jurisdictions to find regional solutions to our shared challenges – wildfires, extreme weather, drought, extreme heat, and more. Our goal is to help the six counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba to safeguard their communities, economy, and quality of life.

Center for Cities + Schools

The Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley conducts high-quality, non-partisan policy research, engages youth in urban planning, and cultivates collaboration between city and school leaders to strengthen all communities.  CC+S works to advance policies and practices that create opportunity-rich places where young people can be successful in and out of school.

Center for Creative Land Recycling

Our mission is to enable communities to develop sustainably and equitably by restoring underutilized properties to productive use. Our particular expertise is in cleaning up and redeveloping environmentally-distressed properties, sometimes referred to as “brownfields.” Our work is accomplished through training and technical assistance for communities working to turn around vacant or contaminated properties.

Center for Resilient Cities

Center for Resilient Cities was launched in 1996 as the Urban Open Space Foundation, utilizing a land trust model to revitalize and protect sustainable urban open spaces for community use. Since then, Center for Resilient Cities has served as a critical catalyst for a number of highly successful, sustainable neighborhood development projects that integrate a multitude of community systems. Center for Resilient Cities is committed to resilience development envisioned and driven by the communities themselves. Though the organization evolves with the learning from each project, its strategic focus remains constant: To create, implement and share a model for cultivating resilient cities that is proven to perform.

ChangeLab Solutions

ChangeLab Solutions creates innovative laws and policies to ensure everyday health for all, whether that’s providing access to affordable, healthy food and beverages, creating safe opportunities for physical activity, or ensuring the freedom to enjoy smokefree air and clean water. Our solutions address all aspects of a just, vital and thriving community, like food, housing, child care, schools, transportation, public safety, jobs, and the environment.

Children's Environmental Health Network

The Children’s Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. Today, CEHN is the voice of children’s environmental health in the nation’s capitol, one that is uniquely informed by a strong basis in pediatric and environmental health science.

Citizens for Modern Transit

CMT leads efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient public transportation system with light rail expansion as the critical component that will drive economic growth to improve quality of life in the St. Louis region. CMT members have played key roles in the passage of funding measures for the expansion of MetroLink and other transportation improvements in the region. Our mission does not stop here but reaches far beyond the scope of the MetroLink expansion debate to rebuilding the St. Louis City, County, and Illinois neighborhoods by investing in rail transit.

City of Richmond

The City of Richmond is located 16 miles northeast of San Francisco on the western shore of Contra Costa County. Richmond was incorporated on August 7, 1905 and became a charter city on March 24, 1909.

City of San Jose

The City of San José is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet the community’s expectations by providing excellent service, in a positive and timely manner, and in the full view of the public.

City of San Rafael

In 2006 San Rafael was one of the early signatories to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, committing the City to working towards meeting the goals of the Kyoto Protocol. To provide a road map on how the City can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own municipal operations as well as influence residents and businesses in San Rafael to reduce their emissions, the City Council called for the preparation of a Climate Change Action Plan.In 2010 San Rafael became the first participant in the Beacon program. Three years later, it became the first city or county to complete all six elements necessary to win the prestigious Beacon Award.

Civic Results

Civic Results assists governments, businesses and non-profits to collaboratively plan and implement initiatives that create measurable change in the physical, social, civic and human infrastructure of communities and region.


Our mission is to build capacity for local governments to address climate change and water management needs. Each year, CivicSpark recruits 70 Fellows—50 Climate Fellows and 20 Water Fellows—who contribute over 65,000 hours to help California communities respond to climate change and water management needs. In collaboration with local government staff, CivicSpark Fellows implement a needed climate or water-focused project, while also building long-term capacity to ensure the work is sustained after their service year is completed. Local governments get dedicated project support from a focused team of enthusiastic emerging professionals who receive specialized professional development and sector training.


The ClimatePlan partnership works to improve land-use and transportation planning to protect Californians’ health, communities, environment, and climate. ClimatePlan’s mission is to advance policies and programs to address the relationship between land use policy and climate change, and leverage the resources and partnerships necessary to realize more sustainable and equitable development throughout California.

Collaborative Communities Management Company, LLC.

Collaborative Communities Management Company, LLC, (CCMC) is based in Austin, Texas but works with clients across the U.S. We provide a range of local constituencies with logistical support for environmentally sustainable and socially conscientious community revitalization in both pre- and post-disaster scenarios.

Congress for the New Urbanism

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) helps create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique and authentic. CNU’s mission is to help build those places.

With seventeen local and state chapters and offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC, CNU works to unite the New Urbanist movement. Our projects and campaigns serve to empower our members’ efforts, identify policy opportunities, spread great ideas and innovative work to a national audience, and catalyze new strategies for implementing policy through design approaches.

Conservation Alabama Foundation

Conservation Alabama Foundation protects the people and places you love by building the ability of Alabama’s citizens to promote conservation through government and civic action. We provide the tools necessary for citizens to follow conservation issues in our state and communicate with elected officials about the issues most important to them.

Delta Institute

Delta works in partnership with business, government and communities in the Great Lakes region to create and implement innovative, market-driven solutions that build environmental resilience, economic vitality and healthy communities. Delta Institute is a nonprofit organization with program work across its three strategic priority areas: energy, ecosystems and waste. To help demonstrate the market potential of sustainable businesses, Delta creates and manages innovative social enterprises, including the P2E2 Center, a for-profit carbon credit trading platform, the Revere LLC, a for-profit energy efficiency lender, and it launched the Rebuilding Exchange, a nonprofit materials reuse store.

Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a regional transportation planning entity comprised of local communities and transportation agencies in the Des Moines, Iowa, metropolitan region. The Des Moines Area MPO provides a regional forum to ensure coordination between the public and local, state, and federal agencies in regards to planning issues and to prepare transportation plans and programs. The Des Moines Area MPO develops both long- and short-range multimodal transportation plans, selects and approves projects for federal funding based upon regional priorities, and develops methods to reduce traffic congestion.

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Enterprise’s mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. We are driven by our mission, fueled by business discipline and sustained by donors and investors. Since 1982, Enterprise has worked with partners in communities nationwide. One of America’s original social enterprises, we bring together the people and resources to create affordable housing in strong neighborhoods. Within Enterprise are entities that lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing.

Environmental Law Institute

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) makes law work for people, places, and the planet. ELI’s Vision is “a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law. ELI’s Mission is to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress.

Federal Highway Administration

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides stewardship over the construction, maintenance and preservation of the Nation’s highways, bridges and tunnels. FHWA also conducts research and provides technical assistance to state and local agencies in an effort to improve safety, mobility, and livability, and to encourage innovation.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is the federal bank for the twelfth district in the United States. The twelfth district is made up of nine western states-—Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—plus the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and Guam, and is the nation’s largest by area and population, covering 1.3 million square miles (36% of the nation’s area) and 60 million people.

Federal Transit Administration

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys and ferries. FTA also oversees safety measures and helps develop next-generation technology research.

Fresno Metro Ministry

Serving as a community “convener” is a fundamental part of Fresno Metro Ministry’s history, and our future, as we build partnerships across all identities, traditions and boundaries.  Today, we pay homage to this meaningful history by facilitating new results-oriented partnerships among communities, businesses and institutions that will measurably increase resilience, health and prosperity in our region.  Our efforts are aimed at positively impacting conditions and opportunities for the diversity of people who live and work in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley.

Friends of the Urban Forest

Friends of the Urban Forest helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. This “green infrastructure” improves the city by beautifying neighborhoods, cleaning the air, raising property values and reducing polluted stormwater runoff. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 50,000 trees, totaling 47% of the city’s street tree canopy.

Good Jobs First

Good Jobs First is a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development and smart growth for working families. We provide timely, accurate information on best practices in state and local job subsidies, and on the many ties between smart growth and good jobs. Good Jobs First works with a very broad spectrum of organizations, providing research, training, communications and consulting assistance.

Greenbelt Alliance

Greenbelt Alliance addresses a single challenge: how the Bay Area handles growth. We shape the rules that govern growth to protect the region’s open spaces and to ensure neighborhoods within our cities and towns are amazing places for everyone.

Housing Long Beach

Housing Long Beach uniquely meets the needs of Long Beach residents by working to improve, preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing for the well-being of Long Beach residents through community organizing, policy work and systems change. Our vision is a Long Beach where all residents live in affordable, accessible, quality housing in healthy and empowered communities where government officials are responsive to the social and economic needs of all residents.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future.

ICLEI provides technical consulting, training and information services to build capacity, share knowledge and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed and driven initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national and global sustainability objectives.

Idaho Smart Growth

Idaho Smart Growth brings people together to create great places to live. Idaho is clearly growing, and will see even more growth in the coming years. This presents a rare moment of opportunity. Our communities can uniquely benefit by applying smart growth principles based on the lessons learned elsewhere. These have proven to work in other states and right here at home. Idaho Smart Growth is a non-profit, non-partisan team offering expertise and tools to keep our communities vibrant and our lands healthy.

Institute for Sustainable Communities

At the Institute for Sustainable Communities, we give passionate, committed people the tools and skills they need to inspire active citizenship, protect the environment, and take on climate change.

Julia Seward Consulting

For the past four years, Julia has teamed with clients in all sectors to build dynamic networks, organizations, and initiatives that foster growth opportunities, respond to challenges and successfully shape strategies that transform communities. With vision for the future and an eye on detail, she enjoys all aspects of projects – from community assessments to tactical roadmaps, partnership and resource building, hands-on implementation, and evaluation tools. Whether systems change or short-term forays, effective results fuel my work.


KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Our vision is all kids get the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive.


LA-Más is a non-profit urban design organization that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. We envision a world where city growth is equitable and self-directed — where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale.

League of California Cities


To be recognized and respected as the leading advocate for the common interests of California’s cities.

Mission Statement

To expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.

We Believe

-Local self-governance is the cornerstone of democracy.

-Our strength lies in the unity of our diverse communities of interest.

-In the involvement of all stakeholders in establishing goals and in solving problems.

-In conducting the business of government with transparency, openness, respect, and civility.

-The spirit of honest public service is what builds communities.

-Open decision-making that is of the highest ethical standards honors the public trust.

-Cities are vital to the strength of the California economy.

-The vitality of cities is dependent upon their fiscal stability and local autonomy.

-The active participation of all city officials increases the League’s effectiveness.

-Partnerships and collaborations are essential elements of focused advocacy and lobbying.

-Ethical and well-informed city officials are essential for responsive, visionary leadership and effective and efficient city operations.

Lesar Development Consultants

At LeSar Development Consultants, our mission is to help our clients create physically, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities. LDC is led by an experienced senior staff of proven industry professionals. Founded by Jennifer LeSar in 2005, LDC employs seasoned experts with more than 50 years combined experience in the private, nonprofit and public sectors.

Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE)

LiBRE is a grassroots community organizing group advancing justice in disadvantaged communities through creation and preservation of affordable housing, renter protections, and community economic development. The primary purpose of LiBRE is to build community power by informing, educating, training and supporting low-income, working class, people of color and other marginalized, and oppressed communities in Long Beach to organize for progressive policies (Just Cause for eviction, Rent Control, Inclusionary Zoning) within the framework of housing justice. LiBRE is a multi-issue organization that will develop its own campaigns, or support existing, intersectional campaigns that affect housing such as: jobs/wages, homelessness, civic engagement, and by addressing the barriers to housing accessibility caused by criminalization.

Lisa Wise Consulting

Founded in 2006, Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc. (LWC) is an urban planning and economics firm that specializes in enabling pedestrian and transit-oriented neighborhoods, and facilitating sustainable, well-designed places to live, work, and recreate. LWC has a deep understanding of planning policy and implementation, market opportunities, and development review and entitlements for complex projects. LWC embraces a constituent-driven methodology and our philosophy is distinguished by a consistent commitment to client service and the development and application of innovative solutions.

Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC)

In the complex world of energy regulation, the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) provides a collective voice for its city, county and local agency members on statewide policy and program issues for sustainable energy, energy efficiency, local renewable power and related issues. Since 2007, LGSEC has played a central role in developing local government programs including Community Choice Aggregation, Local Government Partnerships, and Regional Energy Networks. LGSEC continues to support this level of innovation through forums which initiate creative thinking, promote knowledge sharing, and coordinate widespread technical expertise to deepen the impact of local governments on statewide energy programs.

Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative

Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) works with committed community members to revitalize neighborhoods through improvement of public transportation corridors, urban greening and business district projects.

Lotus Water

The Lotus Water project team focuses on innovative approaches to disinfect water at shared water points, commonly found in low-income urban or peri-urban areas. The project works with decentralized disinfection systems that automatically provide clean water at the point-of-collection (POC), avoiding the need for capital intensive centralized treatment facilities and behavior intensive household point-of-use treatments.

Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)

IIF is dedicated to creating pathways of opportunity for low income people and communities. Serving the poorest of the poor, LIIF is a steward for capital invested in community-building initiatives. In so doing, LIIF provides a bridge between private capital markets and low income neighborhoods.

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA) promotes healthy and diverse communities, protects critical environmental resources and working landscapes, advocates for housing and transportation choices, and supports equitable community development and urban reinvestment.

Metro Mayors Caucus

Founded in 1993, the Metro Mayors Caucus is a voluntary and collaborative regional organization comprised of mayors from throughout Colorado’s Denver metropolitan area. Nationally recognized for its ability to unite around difficult issues, the Caucus uses the consensus model for its decision making and adheres to the principle that each jurisdiction, regardless of its population, has an equally valid voice. The Caucus was the first of its kind in the nation, and has served as the model for similar organizations around the country.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

We plan, invest and coordinate to keep the Bay Area mobile, sustainable and prosperous. At the same time as addressing the needs of a growing population, we are committed to preserving the diverse communities and natural beauty that make the Bay Area a desirable place to live and work.

Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (NAPA)

The Montana Nutrition & Physical Activity (NAPA) Program’s mission is to make active living and healthy eating easier everywhere Montanans live, work, learn, and play. We are located within the Department of Public Health & Human Services in the Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau.

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Sustainability

MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) is an academic open-access publisher with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Additional offices are located in Beijing and Wuhan (China), Barcelona (Spain) as well as in Belgrade (Serbia). MDPI publishes 189 diverse peer-reviewed, scientific, open access, electronic journals. Our publishing activities are supported by more than 15,700 active scientists and academic editors on our journals’ international editorial boards, including several Nobelists. More than 263,500 individual authors have already published with MDPI. receives more than 8.4 million monthly webpage views.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

National Association of Conservation Districts

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is the nonprofit organization that represents America’s 3,000 conservation districts and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private and public lands in the United States. NACD’s mission is to serve conservation districts by providing national leadership and a unified voice for natural resource conservation.

National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation, and conservation. Our work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and advocates are 50,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.

No More Empty Pots

No More Empty Pots is a grassroots non-profit corporation that connects individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. To help support this effort, No More Empty Pots, collaborates with an array of public and private organizations, businesses, communities, individuals, and entrepreneurs.

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the NADO Research Foundation


The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s regional development organizations. The association and its members promote regional strategies, partnerships, and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across America’s local communities.

National Association of Home Builders

NAHB strives to protect the American Dream of housing opportunities for all, while working to achieve professional success for its members who build communities, create jobs and strengthen our economy. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) helps its members build communities. Each year, NAHB’s members construct about 80% of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily.

National Association of REALTORS®

The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.2 million members, including NAR’s institutes, societies and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Our membership is composed of residential and commercial REALTORS®, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,200 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®, or to one of 87 cooperating associations in 66 countries. They are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

National Environmental Health Association

NEHA currently serves 5,000 members to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Professionals who earn a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian credential from NEHA are recognized as having achieved an established standard of excellence. These environmental health professionals master a body of knowledge (which is verified by examination), and acquire sufficient experience to satisfactorily perform work responsibilities in the environmental health field.

NOAA Office for Coastal Management

“Coastal management” is a term that covers the decisions and actions taken to keep the natural environment, built environment, quality of life, and economic prosperity of our coastal areas in balance. The Coastal Zone Management Act is the guiding legislation for this purpose, and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is the federal agency tasked with implementation Coastal management issues are broad and challenging. Communities and the nation are constantly grappling with the best ways to address storm preparedness, erosion, development, habitat loss, sea level rise, public access, and threats to water quality, to name a few. As a scientific organization, NOAA provides access to the science and environmental intelligence communities need for these tasks.

Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) activates our members to make the Bay Area a place where everyone has an affordable and stable home. We are 750 affordable housing developers, advocates, community leaders and businesses, working to secure resources, promote good policy, educate the public and support affordable homes as the foundation for thriving individuals, families and neighborhoods.

NW Energy Coalition

The NW Energy Coalition is an alliance of about 100 environmental, civic, and human service organizations, progressive utilities, and businesses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. We promote development of renewable energy and energy conservation, consumer protection, low-income energy assistance, and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

OKI Regional Council of Governments

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies to improve the quality of life and the economic vitality of the region. OKI works collaboratively with stakeholders to solve interstate dilemmas, create far-reaching development plans, break through political bureaucracy, provide services to the public and advocate for federal funding.

Opticos Design, Inc.

Blending the best from the past with the most innovative ideas of the present, our multidisciplinary approach results in state-of-the-art projects that are contextually rich, architecturally solid, and aesthetically appealing. From designs for individual buildings to regional master plans, whether we’re making new neighborhoods or revitalizing old spaces, we create custom-made solutions that directly address the architectural, cultural, and sustainable needs of communities. In the process, we form lasting partnerships with our clients.


Founded in 1999, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. Guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations. Lifting Up What Works is our way of focusing attention on how people are working successfully to use local, state, and federal policy to create conditions that benefit everyone, especially people in low-income communities and communities of color. We share our findings and analysis through our publications, website and online tools, convenings, national summits, and in briefings with national and local policymakers.

Public Health Institute

PHI has long recognized that our health is largely determined by the quality of our housing, the availability nearby of grocery stores well stocked with fresh produce and of places to be physically active, our air quality, and the safety of our streets and sidewalks. Nearly all of PHI’s work over the years can be viewed through the lens of improving the health of communities to prevent chronic disease and create a culture of health.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Western Region

At Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we believe that trail networks can deliver smart transportation, strong economic growth, healthy people, a flourishing environment and social equity. Our projects of national significance are regional network-building projects—implemented in partnership with local organizations—that have the power to catalyze the development of trail networks nationwide, creating healthier places for healthier people.

Richmond Promise

The Richmond Promise is a community-wide scholarship fund and college success program. The goal of the Richmond Promise is to create a college graduating culture in the City of Richmond where all young people are prepared to attend and complete post-secondary education.

Sacramento Housing Alliance

Sacramento Housing Alliance is a nonprofit coalition that works to ensure that all people in the Sacramento region have safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing in healthy neighborhoods, supported by equitable public policies and practices.

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

The Sacramento Air Pollution Control District was formed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in December of 1959. In July of 1996, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District was created under Health and Safety Code Sections 40960 et. seq. to monitor, promote, and improve air quality in the County of Sacramento. It is one of 35 regional air quality districts in California.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for kids and communities by promoting healthy living, safe infrastructure, and physical activity, starting with bicycling and walking to school and beyond.

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) (/ˈbɑːrt/), is a public metro system serving the San Francisco Bay Area in California. The rapid transit elevated and subway system connects San Francisco with cities in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties. BART operates six routes on 112 miles (180 km) of track connecting 46 stations – this includes a 3.2-mile (5.1 km) automated guideway transit line to the Oakland International Airport. With an average of 433,000 weekday passengers and 128.5 million annual passengers in fiscal year 2016,[1] BART is the fifth-busiest heavy rail rapid transit system in the United States.

San Francisco Department of Public Health

The San Francisco Department of Public Health strives to achieve its mission through the work of two Divisions – the San Francisco Health Network and Population Health and Prevention. The SF Health Network is the City’s health system and has locations throughout the City including San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and over 15 primary care health centers. The Population Health and Prevention Division has a broad focus on the communities of San Francisco and is comprised of the Community Health and Safety Branch, Community Health Promotion and Prevention Branch, and the Community Health Services Branch.

Seifel Consulting, Inc.

Seifel Consulting is an economic consulting firm that advises public and private clients on the planning, funding and development of high quality infill development. Our strategic planning, economic and real estate advisory services help clients resolve complex growth issues while achieving fiscal goals and adding value to their communities. Since 1990, we have provided a range of real estate, fiscal and economic advisory services to more than 100 public agencies throughout California, completing over 800 consulting assignments while staying attentive to client needs and responding diligently and cost effectively.

Smart Growth Network

The Smart Growth Network works to encourage development that boost the economy, enhances community vitality and protects the environment through its network of partners.

State Smart Transportation Initiative

The State Smart Transportation Initiative promotes transportation practices that advance environmental sustainability and equitable economic development, while maintaining high standards of governmental efficiency and transparency.


StopWaste helps Alameda County’s businesses, residents and schools waste less, recycle more and use water, energy and other resources efficiently. We’re a public agency governed by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, and the Energy Council. Our work helps people make better decisions everyday about the products they buy, the resources they use, and the stu they throw away. The less we waste and the more we recycle, the better off we all are.

Strategic Economics

Strategic Economics, Inc. is a nationally recognized urban economics consulting firm. We provide governmental entities, developers, community groups, and non-profit organizations with the economic analyses and strategic approaches necessary to create sustainable, high-quality places for people to live and work.

Taylor | Future Solutions

As a consultant for more than four decades, Mr. Taylor’s practice is national in scope, with diverse public and private planning assignments. Having worked for both small and large organizations, his experience allows him to match appropriate solutions to perceived needs. His professional interests are in sustainable development strategies, transit and land use integration, planning, and innovative new urbanism applications. He has experience in transit modes ranging from inter-city rail to streetcar. He is an expert in the development of new transit and streetcar systems that are now recognized as important catalysts for economic development. He is a contributing author to “Street Smart, Streetcars and Cities in the 21st Century”, the definitive, precedent-setting streetcar publication.

The City Repair Project

The City Repair Project fosters thriving, inclusive and sustainable communities through the creative reclamation of public space. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. We provide support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve.

The Conservation Fund

At the Fund, we make conservation work for America.  By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect 7.8 million acres of land since 1985.

The Democracy Collaborative

Through our cutting edge research and our many diverse programs, The Democracy Collaborative works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.

The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live. Our goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. We also conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand.


At TransForm, we believe that all Californians should be able to live in wonderful places with safe, abundant options to get where they need to go.TransForm promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable and help solve our climate crisis. With diverse partners we engage communities in planning, run innovative programs and win policy change at the local, regional and state levels.

Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

The Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) was formed in 2006 to combine the research forces of six campus groups at UC Berkeley: the University of California Transportation Center, the University of California Energy Institute, the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Energy and Resources Group, the Center for Global Metropolitan Studies, and the Berkeley Institute of the Environment. Since TSRC was founded, it has been a leading center in conducting timely research on real-world solutions for a more sustainable transportation future. In addition to performing research informed by a diverse array of perspectives, TSRC also engages in education and outreach to promote its core values of sustainability and equity, to ensure that we are able to meet the transportation needs of the present without compromising future generations.

University of California, Berkeley

The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.”

Useful Community Development

At Useful Community Development, we are all city planners by education and professional background, and we all volunteer in our home communities on everything from zoning boards of appeals, to social service and community development corporation boards, to neighborhood association leadership.

U.S Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

U.S EPA, Aging and Sustainability

The “Aging and Sustainability” Listserve is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to raise awareness about the susceptibility of older persons to environmental hazards and to share opportunities for getting involved in environmental stewardship that contributes to a more sustainable world.  The monthly electronic newsletter includes information on strategies to reduce or prevent exposure to environmental health hazards; federal funding opportunities and the latest news regarding the environment across the lifespan.   It also contains information on sustainability, recent research, and tools you can use.

U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development

Science at EPA provides the foundation for credible decision-making to safeguard human health and ecosystems from environmental pollutants. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA, whose leading-edge research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency. ORD supports six research programs that identify the most pressing environmental health research needs with input from EPA offices, partners and stakeholders. Strategic Research Action Plans outline the research under way in the programs. The research is conducted by ORD’s three national laboratories, four national centers, and two offices located in 14 facilities across the country and in Washington, D.C.

U.S. EPA, Region 9

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment. This region serves California, Nevada, and Arizona

United States Forest Service

We are a multi-faceted agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. We have an elite wildland firefighting team and the world’s largest forestry research organization. Our experts provide technical and financial help to state and local government agencies, businesses, private landowners and work government-to-government with tribes to help protect and manage non-federal forest and associated range and watershed lands.

Valley Vision

We are a regional leadership organization.  We were formed over 20-years ago with a simple purpose to improve people’s lives. We aren’t afraid of risking failure on the path to success.  We dream big.  And act bigger.  To transform our communities.  To do something that matters.

Vote Solar

Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to make solar affordable and accessible to more Americans. We work at the state level all across the country to support the  Policies and Programs needed to repower our grid with clean energy. Vote Solar’s approach to advocacy combines deep technical and policy expertise with public education and mobilization. We build both the fact-based case and the political will needed to accelerate solar progress.

Wallace Roberts and Todd: WRT Design

WRT is a team of planners, urban designers, architects, and landscape architects. We value the impact of our collective approach to create simple solutions for complex problems across scales. We serve our communities by designing places that enhance the natural and social environment.

WaterNow Alliance

Our Mission
To achieve high impact, widespread adoption of sustainable water solutions in communities compatible with a healthy environment for the future.

Our Focus: Unlocking the Power of Water Leaders
Local decision makers hold the keys to our water future. In fact, 85% or more of water infrastructure spending occurs at the community level, and 87% of people nationwide are served by public water utilities. While Federal and State agencies have a vital role – the policies, strategies and priorities established by local leaders have the power to fundamentally shift how we think about and use water.

WaterNow Alliance catalyzes action by:
Engaging our network of decision makers and connecting them to ideas, resources and one another Advocating for a sustainable water future by eliminating barriers and advancing solutions through our policy work. Demonstrating success by showcasing strategies that communities can replicate and scale.

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