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Community Reinvestment Act Under Attack Again The financial services modernization bill that almost passed last year is back, and would permit broad affiliations between banks,...

National Collaboration Drives Transportation Policy

On August 12, 1998, almost 1000 leaders from 14 states gathered in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois, for a one-of-a-kind...

Develop the Economy, Don’t Just Grow It

Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development. Herman E. Daly. 253 pp. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996. Although I've never met him, I must admit: economist Herman...

When Fundraising Strategies Wear Out

Nearly all organizations have three fundraising fantasies:   Fantasy 1: The Council on Foundations will declare their group, "The group to fund now and forever" and,...

Shelter Shorts

The Welfare ShuffleAs President Clinton and other politicians hail the news of the drop in welfare rolls across the country, a less rosy scenario...

Minneapolis Goes Green

Minneapolis's inner city is home to The Green Institute, a nonprofit economic development organization focused on sustainable enterprise. Incorporated in 1993, the institute originated...

Location Efficient Mortgages

When families rely on public transit rather than automobiles for travel needs, they spend less on transportation. When they shop, work, recreate, socialize, learn,...

Cleaner, Greener Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee, identified as the most polluted city in America by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1969, is now hailed as the...

Building Green

One of the earliest experiments in ecologically aware affordable housing took place in Roosevelt, New Jersey, a WPA-era suburb, in the late 70s to...

Sustaining Community Power

Growing up in Cleveland, Greg Watson says he "intuitively knew" early on that environmental issues were important, and at Tufts University in the late...

Green Communities, Green Jobs

Community Based Development Organizations (CBDOs) often get drawn into an environmental agenda by the need to organize against an environmental hazard. In Roxbury, Massachusetts,...

A Meeting of Movements

In New York City the mayor tries to cast destruction of community gardens as a gain for housing advocates. Along the west coast, on-going...

Definitions of Sustainable Development

The phrase "sustainable development" means different things to different people. Here are a collection of some of them:  "positive socioeconomic change that...

Livable Communities: A Shared Goal

On the face of it, the intersections between the sustainability movement and the community development movement are not too hard to identify. We know...