The Emerging Thresholds of Sustainable Urbanism

Washington, DC (February 7, 2008)- For too long the design parameters of the human and natural systems that support sustainable human settlements have been obscured or ignored resulting in places that do not work. Even among development professionals there is an illiteracy regarding the basics. Examples of this include the development density and configuration required to support public transit, the number of dwellings required to support walk-to retail or the land area required to reinfiltrate stormwater. For the first time these parameters have been compiled into a single source: the emerging thresholds from the book: Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature.

This session will include an introduction to sustainable urbanism, an international design movement, and teach relevant thresholds from the book.
Doug Farr, Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design
Lynn Richards, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. EPA
Kaid Benfield, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Dan Burden, Partner & Senior Urban Planner, Glatting Jackson; Executive Director, Walkable Communities, Inc.
About New Partners for Smart Growth
The 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Washington, DC, hosted attendance of more than 1300 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), with support from a very impressive and multi-disciplinary group of partners and sponsoring organizations, agencies and companies.
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7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities