Kaid Benfield

Kaid Benfield is the Director of Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is the co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and the Smart Growth America coalition; and author of Once There Were Greenfields (NRDC 1999), Solving Sprawl (Island Press 2001), Smart Growth In a Changing World (APA Planners Press 2007), Green Community (APA Planners Press 2009). He was voted one of the "top urban thinkers" in 2009 poll on Planetizen.com and named one of "the most influential people in sustainable planning and development" in 2010 by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Cities

Is this the world’s greenest neighborhood?

Dockside Green, a redevelopment of a former brownfield site in Victoria, British Columbia, has been all about sustainability from the beginning.

Cities

Let's make urban revitalization greener, greater, and more inclusive

Improving the environment, economy, and social equity in distressed neighborhoods is possible if the right players are involved.

Urbanism

Seeing cities as the environmental solution, not the problem

The best way to save wilderness is through strong, compact, beautiful communities that are more urban and do not encroach on places of natural value.

Transportation

New survey shows Americans think they are great drivers. But …

The majority of Americans consider themselves to be good drivers, according to a new Allstate survey. The rest of the survey reveals a different story

Green Home

Net zero living in a walkable neighborhood

A historic house in Ann Arbor generates more energy than it consumes, is located in a walkable neighborhood.

Cities

The Atlanta BeltLine: The country’s most ambitious smart growth project

The Atlanta BeltLine shows some progress and much remaining potential.

Sprawl

How smart growth in cities saves wilderness [VIDEO]

The relationship between smart urban development and rural conservation is a mutually beneficial one.

Urbanism

Jane Jacobs on neighborhoods, placemaking, and active living [VIDEO]

The celebrated urban planner's ideas are still highly relevant to today's thinking about communities and sustainability.

Green Home

'Katrina cottages' become permanent housing

"Katrina cottages," alternatives to FEMA trailers used after Hurricane Katrina, find new life around the country as housing and educational facilities.

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