Sustainable Solutions Database

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Economic viability

Ensuring that the community has a strong and diverse economy that supports local businesses, creates jobs, and provides economic opportunities

Social equity

Promoting fairness, justice, and inclusiveness for all members of the community, regardless of race, gender, income, or other social characteristics.

Environmental protection

Implementing practices that minimize negative impacts on the natural environment, conserve natural resources, and promote ecosystem health.

Energy and resource efficiency

Reducing the use of energy and other resources through conservation, energy-efficient technologies, and renewable energy sources.

Access to transportation

Providing transportation options that are safe, efficient, and accessible for all members of the community, including public transportation, biking, and walking.

Access to healthcare

Ensuring that residents have access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.


Providing affordable, safe, and accessible housing options for all members of the community.


Promoting access to high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.

Food security

Ensuring that residents have access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.

Public safety

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Community engagement

Providing a safe and secure environment for residents through community policing, emergency response, and disaster preparedness.

Cultural heritage

Preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the community, including arts, music, and other cultural expressions

Climate resilience

Planning and designing communities to be resilient in the face of changing climate conditions and extreme weather events.

Green spaces

Providing access to green spaces, parks, and open spaces for residents to enjoy and connect with nature.

Land use and urban design

Planning and designing communities that are compact, walkable, and feature a mix of uses and transportation options.

Natural resource management

Managing and conserving natural resources, including water, forests, wildlife, and other natural areas.

Sustainable community development considers a wide range of social, economic, and environmental factors to create communities that are resilient, equitable, and thriving. These contexts are interrelated and interdependent, and sustainable community development requires an integrated and holistic approach that considers all of these factors.