Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Smart growth looks at where we build and attempts to curb the sprawl that’s become prevalent across the U.S. But to really grow smartly we need to look at not just where we grow, but how we grow. The built environment plays a major impact on our environment – the building sector consumers 40 percent of all the world’s energy and material resources.
Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for more CO2 emissions than any other country in the world except China. Building “green” maximizes building performance while minimizing environmental impacts. Moreover, the benefits of green building accrue across the community. Learn how to increase the performance of the buildings in your neighborhood – schools, healthcare facilities, homes, etc., to ensure Smart Growth holistically across your community.
Hear how high performance buildings not only curtail energy usage and save precious resources, but also improve our health and productivity. Children living and studying in green buildings get sick less and perform better in school. Green hospitals increase recovery periods. Green retail sells more products. This session will examine how creating high performance building throughout our communities takes smart growth one level higher. Speakers will come from the across a wide variety of sectors — from healthcare to education to housing.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Noreen Beatley, Sustainable Communities Advocate, Innovative Consulting
* Kollin Min, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners
* Reid Ewing, Ph.D., Research Professor, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
* Todd Jersey, Owner, Todd Jersey Architects
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online