Tools for Sustainability

ICLEI USA has unveiled a 55-page Comprehensive Toolkit for Greening Cities and Counties, modeled after the PlaNYC guide. It is comprised of best practice examples, checklists, templates, and guidelines. Steps covered include building the planning team and tips on structuring the planning process. The sustainability toolkit’s table of contents, overview, and related free resources are available online, however, the full publication is available only to local governments that are ICLEI members.

Free to all is Perkins + Will’s Precautionary List, which helps designers avoid materials that are damaging to the environment and public health. It also includes alternative products to specify as well.