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Non-Profit & Non-Governmental Resources

New Jersey Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources
Local Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources Outside of New Jersey
National Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources
International Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources

New Jersey Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources
American Planning Association: New Jersey Chapter
www.njapa.org/index.shtml
The mission of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association is to promote sound planning as a process essential to improving the quality of life of the citizens of New Jersey by:
Helping the public and the local and state officials become more aware of planning processes, issues, techniques; and
Providing opportunities for increasing the knowledge, skills, and commitment of those in the planning practice.

ANJEC
www.anjec.org
The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, a nonprofit organization, has helped New Jersey's local environmental commissions and concerned citizens preserve and protect the state's natural resources since 1969. They provide hands-on local planning assistance and sample ordinances.

New Jersey Future
www.njfuture.org/
New Jersey Future, the manager and coordinator of the Smart Growth Gateway, is the state's largest smart-growth advocacy group. This nonprofit organization is leading the fight for better-managed growth under the State Plan, and for sustainable development: a strong economy, a healthy natural environment and a just society for all New Jersey citizens and future generations.

New Jersey Planning Officials
www.njpo.org
New Jersey Planning Officials (NJPO) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing educational services, support and information to municipal planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment. Associate members include citizens groups and corporations interested in planning, individuals who are not members of a group, and professionals (lawyers, planners, engineers, etc.). The purpose of the New Jersey Planning Officials, as stated in its Constitution, is: "to promote public interest in municipal and regional planning; to foster the cooperation of planning boards and boards of adjustment throughout New Jersey in furthering the aims of planning; to assist local planning boards and boards of adjustment with advice; and to encourage the development of regional, county and state planning as an aid to local planning."

Regional Plan Association
www.rpa.org
Regional Plan Association (RPA), is an independent regional planning organization, has been working since 1922 to improve the quality of life in the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area by creating with public involvement long-term comprehensive plans and promoting their implementation across political boundaries. RPA recommends policy initiatives and physical and human infrastructure investments and involves the public in considering and shaping its future. RPA takes positions on major current public policy issues and works constructively and cooperatively on a non-partisan basis with public and private sector interests to advance its agenda.
Local Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources Outside of New Jersey
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative
www.scag.ca.gov/livable/lani.htm
The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative is a federally recognized national model for community-driven revitalization. It was founded in 1994 to bring back a sense of identity and ownership to main streets and transportation corridors throughout the city.

Michigan Land Use Institute
www.mlui.org/
Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish a new approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state's unmatched natural resources. Their mission is to help Michigan avoid the patterns of suburban sprawl and over-development that cause traffic congestion, pollution, loss of community, rising costs to individuals and governments, and a deteriorating quality of life. This site includes: An activist's toolkit Growth management information Transportation information Land and water conservation information

Oregon Land Use Information Center
darkwing.uoregon.edu/~pppm/landuse/land_use.html
Provides information about Oregon's land use program.

Regional Plan Association
www.rpa.org
Regional Plan Association (RPA), is an independent regional planning organization, has been working since 1922 to improve the quality of life in the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area by creating with public involvement long-term comprehensive plans and promoting their implementation across political boundaries. RPA recommends policy initiatives and physical and human infrastructure investments and involves the public in considering and shaping its future. RPA takes positions on major current public policy issues and works constructively and cooperatively on a non-partisan basis with public and private sector interests to advance its agenda.
National Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources
American Farmland Trust
www.farmland.org/index.html
American Farmland Trust, is a private, nonprofit organization that works to stop the loss of productive farmland and promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment.

American Planning Association
www.planning.org/
The American Planning Association is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. This website offers legislative updates on planning issues, links to many of APA's planning publications, planning news, and other good smart growth information. The APA is a nonprofit, public interest organization representing 30,000 practicing planners, elected and appointed officials, and citizens involved in urban and rural planning issues. APA's members believe that sound planning is essential to meeting our nation's economic, environmental, and community development needs. Sixty-five percent of the members work in state and local government agencies, helping citizens define the kind of community they want to live in and developing policies, plans, and land use regulations that respond to those desires. APA works to disseminate "best practice" techniques for encouraging citizen participation, reforming state and local planning frameworks, and promoting sustainable development patterns.

Center for Neighborhood Technology
www.cnt.org/
Founded in 1978, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) invents and develops tools and methods to promote sustainable development and create livable urban communities. CNT works, among other things, to promote technical assistance to enhance regional cooperation, to develop and implement location-efficient mortgages, and to organize coalitions to develop a long-range transportation plans that promote smart growth. It has also led the way in using transit-oriented development as a redevelopment strategy in an urban setting, and it has created a financial intermediary to promote inner-city commercial development around transit.

Conservation Fund
www.conservationfund.org/
The Conservation Fund is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting America's land legacy. The fund purchases and protects land--almost 2 million acres since 1985. It also assists local communities, private land owners, and government agencies with a variety of programs that balance conservation with economic development. Current efforts involve sustainable forestry, ecotourism, greenway development, battlefield protection, watershed sensitive design, and community visioning.

Environmental Defense
www.edf.org
Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and a flourishing ecosystem. Through their program areas, Environmental Defense brings together experts in science, law and economics to tackle complex environmental issues that affect our oceans, our air, our natural resources, the livability of our man-made environment, and the species with whom we share our world. Environmental Defense's Program Areas include:
Ecosystem restoration
Environmental alliances
Environmental health
Global and regional air/energy
International
Living cities
Oceans

Environmental Law Institute
www.eli.org/
For nearly three decades, the Environmental Law Institute has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. Today, ELI is an internationally recognized, independent research and education center. The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) Sustainable Use of Land Program is an on-going collaborative program devoted to promoting the sustainable use of urban, suburban, and rural land at the state and local levels. ELI works in collaboration with partners to formulate and implement options for overcoming barriers to sustainable land use found in local,state, and federal law, while developing creative alternatives to promote sound economic, community, environmental, transportation, public infrastructure and other strategies.

Joint Center for Sustainable Communities
(U.S. Conference of Mayors and National Association of Counties)
"www.usmayors.org/uscm/sustainable/
The Joint Center for Sustainable Communities, a collaboration between the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), provides a forum for cities and counties to work together to develop long-term policies and programs that will lead to job growth, environmental stewardship and social equity - the three pillars of sustainable communities. The Joint Center helps local elected officials build sustainable communities by promoting community leadership initiatives, providing technical assistance and training, and conducting community policy and educational forums. The goal of the Joint Center is to provide local elected officials with assistance in using the policies and tools necessary for creating sustainable communities. In particular, local elected officials are interested in finding more cost-effective and comprehensive ways to address such issues as transportation management, brownfields revitalization, environmental protection, energy conservation, job training and public safety. To this end, the Joint Center is providing technical assistance, training, sustainable development literature and materials, and funding toward community visioning (or collaborative planning).

National Neighborhood Coalition
www.neighborhoodcoalition.org/
The National Neighborhood Coalition (NNC) provides a link to Washington for neighborhood and community-based organizations and is a networking resource for representatives of regional and national organizations involved in community development, housing, smart growth, and a wide range of other neighborhood issues. For organizations that are concerned about neighborhood issues, the NNC provides relevant and timely information about programs and trends, a policy voice in Washington, and a support network of organizations and individuals with similar goals. The website also has many articles and information on smart growth.

Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org/
NRDC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the environment, protect the public health, and ensure the conservation of wilderness and natural resources. NRDC pursues these goals through research, advocacy, litigation, and public education. NRDC's issue areas include:
Clean Air & Energy
Global Warming
Clean Water & Oceans
Wildlife & Fish
Parks, Forests, & Wildlands
Toxic Chemicals & Health
Nuclear Weapons & Waste
Cities & Green Living
Environmental Legislation

Northeast Midwest Institute
www.nemw.org/smartgrowth.htm
The Northeast Midwest Institute is a Washington-based, private, non-profit, and non-partisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest states. This website has some excellent information, including: National & state-level data on demographics, economic growth, employment, housing, income, energy consumption, and federal spending. National & state-level reports on agriculture, pollution, brownfields, energy, demographics, manufacturing, smart growth, transportation, and trade. Of note: Smart Growth by Ann Eberhart Goode, Elizabeth Collaton, and Charles Bartsch, 1999. This is an article that provides an introduction to smart growth and addresses federal impediments, the role of local leadership and community involvement and financing.
www.nemw.org/ERsmartgrowth.htm

Planning Commissioner's Journal Planner's Web
www.plannersweb.com/
The Planning Commssioner's Journal is a publication designed for citizen planners, including members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. The website has some good general information on planning issues, including smart growth, and provides updates of what's going on around the country.

Regional Plan Association
www.rpa.org
Regional Plan Association (RPA), is an independent regional planning organization, has been working since 1922 to improve the quality of life in the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area by creating with public involvement long-term comprehensive plans and promoting their implementation across political boundaries. RPA recommends policy initiatives and physical and human infrastructure investments and involves the public in considering and shaping its future. RPA takes positions on major current public policy issues and works constructively and cooperatively on a non-partisan basis with public and private sector interests to advance its agenda.

Sierra Club
www.sierraclub.org
The Sierra Club's mission is to protect the earth's wild places; practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. The long list of issues the Sierra Club focuses on includes:
Clean Air (www.sierraclub.org/cleanair/)
Ecoregions (www.sierraclub.org/ecoregions/)
Energy (www.sierraclub.org/energy/)
Environmental Justice (www.sierraclub.org/environmental_justice/)
Genetic Engineering (www.sierraclub.org/biotech/)
Marine Wildlife and Habitat (www.sierraclub.org/marine/)
Species and Habitat (www.sierraclub.org/wildlands/species/)
Sprawl (www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/)
Nuclear Waste (www.sierraclub.org/nuclearwaste/)
Pollution (www.sierraclub.org/pollution/)
Toxics (www.sierraclub.org/toxics/)
Trash Transfer (www.sierraclub.org/trashtransfer/)
Wetlands (www.sierraclub.org/wetlands/)

Sierra Club's "Challenge to Sprawl" Campaign
www.sierraclub.org/sprawl
This website is the Sierra Club's resource on all matters related to smart growth and sprawl prevention. It includes yearly reports, resources for activists, and exploration of various land-use issues that affect our economy, environment, and quality of life.

Smart Growth America
www.smartgrowthamerica.com/
Smart Growth America is a nationwide coalition promoting smart growth. This website offers good general information on smart growth, and information about federal legislative activity on issues related to smart growth, sustainable development, and environmental protection.

Smart Growth Online
www.smartgrowth.org/
Developed and funded through a cooperative agreement between the US EPA and several non-profit and government organizations, this tool is designed to advance public understanding of smart growth and how growth can improve community livability. The Smart Growth Network works to encourage development that serves the economy, community and the environment. It is a forum for:
Raising public awareness of how growth can improve community quality of life;
Promoting smart growth best practices;
Developing and sharing information, innovative policies, tools and ideas;
Cultivating strategies to address barriers to and advance opportunities for smart growth.

Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse
www.sprawlwatch.org
The Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse mission is to make the tools, techniques, and strategies developed to manage growth, accessible to citizens, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, public officials, planners, architects, the media and business leaders.

Surface Transportation Policy Project
www.transact.org/
Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) is a foundation-funded initiative to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable. It emphasizes the needs of people, rather than vehicles, in assuring access to jobs, services, and recreational opportunities.
Some good information includes:
State-by-state statistics: www.transact.org/states/default.asp
An in-depth look at the national surface transportation law, TEA-3: www.tea3.org/
The Alliance for the New Transportation Charter, a national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to using transportation as a tool to build livable, healthy, prosperous and just communities: www.antc.net/

Sustainable Communities Network
www.sustainable.org
The Sustainable Communities Network provides links to information on sustainable development and sustainable communities. The site has some case studies offering examples of sustainable communities around the country.

Urban Land Institute
www.uli.org/dk/index.cfm
The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. ULI's strategic direction is to extend its industry leadership to bring together the people able to influence the outcome of important issues related to land use and the built environment and provide relevant and current information about land use and real estate development. This website offers lots of smart growth news, reports, tools, and links; some information is only available to ULI members, but much is available for free, including:
Summaries of development case studies
Land use and real estate data
Books for sale
International Non-Profits & Non-Governmental Resources
Urban Land Institute
www.uli.org/dk/index.cfm
The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. ULI's strategic direction is to extend its industry leadership to bring together the people able to influence the outcome of important issues related to land use and the built environment and provide relevant and current information about land use and real estate development. This website offers lots of smart growth news, reports, tools, and links; some information is only available to ULI members, but much is available for free, including:
Summaries of development case studies
Land use and real estate data
Books for sale