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  • Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream (2000), by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck, lays out the case against sprawl and for mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.
  • Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development (1997), by Herman Daly, argues that the economy should be understood as part of the ecosystem and that, as such, sustainable development can only be achieved by abandoning the goal of endless economic growth.
  • The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises (2010), edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch, features articles by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key drivers shaping this new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and systems resilience.
  • “Year in review — EROI or energy return on (energy) invested” (2010), by David J. Murphy and Charles A. S. Hall, reviews the concept of Energy Return on Investment and five biggest areas of empirical research in the subject at present. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1185:1, 102–18.
  • “Location Efficiency and Housing Type: Boiling it Down to BTUs” (2011), prepared by Jonathan Rose Companies, provides analysis of the roles housing type and location and energy-use features of homes and vehicles have in achieving greater energy efficiency.
  • “Penny Wise, Pound Fuelish: New Measures of Housing + Transportation Affordability” (2010), from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, uses the H+T Index to show the negative financial implications of sprawling growth patterns for families and regions.
  • “Central Corridor Tracker 2011 Baseline Indicators: Progress Beyond the Rail” (2011) is an example of a concise, visually appealing and accessible report on a set of indicators.
  • Performance-Based Transit-Oriented Development Typology Guidebook (2010), by Mason Austin et al., is a toolkit designed to help users analyze the conditions and performance of their existing transit systems.
  • Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and Management of Change (2002), edited by Stuart Meck, is an update to, and rethinking of, the Standard City Planning and Zoning Enabling Acts drafted by an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1920s and the American Law Institute’s A Model Land Development Code, as well as other model statutes. or
  • “Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments” (2010), from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is designed to help local governments identify and remove barriers to sustainable design and green building within their permitting process.
  • Value Beyond Cost Savings: How to Underwrite Sustainable Properties (2010), by Scott R. Muldavin of the Green Building Finance Consortium, discusses enabling private investors to incorporate sustainability into the decisions they make, especially relating to potential revenue and risk.
  • “Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing” (2002), by Stuart Meck, Rebecca Retzlaff, and James Schwab identifies and evaluates promising approaches to affordable housing development at the metropolitan level.
  • Green Leasing, from the Institute for Market Transformation, is a clearinghouse with a wide range of information.
  • Policy Research Priorities for Sustainable Communities (2011), by Casey Dawkins, Joseph Schilling and Mariela Alfonzo, reports the findings of a recent research roundtable tasked with identifying the top research priorities that would support HUD and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to promote more sustainable communities.
  • Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change (2011), by Peter Calthorpe, shows how regional urbanism and green technology can address climate change by producing comprehensive national growth scenarios for 2050 to document their potential impacts.
  • Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Green Building Design in Section 202 and Section 811 Programs (2011), by Kimberly Gugino Wollos, Kristen Mui, Janet Pershing, and Eric Oetjen, provides guidance to affordable housing sponsors and owners for responding to new requirements and incentives to improve building design and operation.
  • Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change (2007), by Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew, Steve Winkleman, Jerry Walter, and Don Chen, provides evidence on and insights into how much CO2 savings can be expected with compact development, how compact development is likely to be received by consumers, and what policy changes will make compact development possible.
  • Compendium of Champions: Chronicling Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs from Across the U.S. (2008), by Dan York, Marty Kushler, and Patti Witte, reports the results of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economies’ second review of outstanding utility-sector energy efficiency programs.
  • Sustainability Indicators: Measuring the Immeasurable? (2nd ed.) (2008), by Simon Bell and Stephen Morse, explores the theory behind sustainability measurement and introduces a conceptual framework and a range of tools and techniques.
  • Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies (3rd ed.) (2007), published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, presents the revised Conference on Sustainable Development indicators and gives guidance on applying and adapting the indicators for the development of national indicator sets.
  • Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy (2009), by Hannah Choi Granade, Jon Creyts, Anton Derkach, Philip Farese, Scott Nyquist, and Ken Ostrowski, offers a detailed analysis of the magnitude of the efficiency potential in non-transportation uses of energy, a thorough assessment of the barriers that impede the capture of greater efficiency, and an outline of the practical solutions available to unlock the potential.
  • “Effect of Motor Vehicle Emissions on Respiratory Health in an Urban Area” (2002), by Buckeridge et al. Environmental Health Perspectives 110:3, 293–300.

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  • “Housing Partnerships: The Work of Large-Scale Regional Nonprofits in Affordable Housing ” (2007), by Neil Mayer and Kenneth Temkin, explores the productivity, models of business operation, and policy obstacles of these organizations.
  • “Assessing the Economic Benefits of Public Housing: Final Report” (2007), by Econsult Corporation, highlights the economic impact of public housing, its role in the housing market, and its contributions to local economies.
  • “Rental Housing Affordability — A Review of Current Research” (2010), from Center on Housing Policy, by Rebecca Cohen, Keith Wardrip, and Laura Williams.
  • “Rural Rental Housing Characteristics” (2009), from the Housing Assistance Council, discusses rural rental housing and renters, housing problems unique to this group, and federal assistance in rural areas.
  • Worst Case Housing Needs 2009: Report to Congress (2011), from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, explores the incidence, causes, and trends of unassisted very low-income renters who pay more than 50 percent of their incomes toward rent, live in substandard housing, or both.
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Investment Survey (2009), by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., and Local Initiatives Support Corporation, reviews the LIHTC credit market and its history, current conditions and investor motivations, and responses to legislation designed to stimulate activity. and
  • Revisiting Rental Housing: Policies, Programs, and Priorities (2008), Nicolas P. Retsinas and Erik S. Belsky, eds., includes chapters by experts who explore current rental housing policy challenges and solutions.
  • Affordable Rental Housing: State and Local Partnerships, from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, is a new section on the HUD USER website that provides resources and strategies aimed at the preservation of affordable rental housing.
  • Paycheck to Paycheck: Wages and the Cost of Housing in America (2010), by the Center for Housing Policy.
  • “America’s Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building on Opportunities” (2011), from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, describes the impact of the convergence of rising rent and utility costs, falling renter incomes, and the Great Recession on working and middle-class Americans.

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  • Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 12, no.1 (2010), published by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, features a symposium dedicated to resident and neighborhood effects of HOPE VI developments.
  • Resident Participation: A CommunityBuilding Strategy in Low-Income Neighborhoods (2005), a report by Carolyn C. Leung, investigates challenges and outcomes of resident involvement in community planning.
  • The Urban Institute’s HOPE VI Panel Study (2001, 2003, and 2005) followed HOPE VI residents to learn where they moved and how the program affected their well-being. Findings are detailed in research reports and in the series, “A Roof Over Their Head.”
  • Community Change: Theories, Practice, and Evidence (2006), edited by Karen Fulbright-Anderson and Patricia Auspos, explores how comprehensive community initiatives in the fields of community building, neighborhood safety, education, employment, economic development, housing, youth development, and social services positively affect community change.
  • Voices From the Field III: Lessons and Challenges From Two Decades of Community Change Efforts (2010), by Anne C. Kubish et al., examines community change efforts over the past two decades, design and implementation issues, and lessons and challenges for the future.
  • “The HOPE VI Resident Tracking Study: A Snapshot of the Current Living Situation of Original Residents From Eight Sites” (2002), by Larry Buron et al., investigates how the redevelopment process affected the housing, neighborhood, employment, social environment, and health of residents of eight original HOPE VIgrantees.
  • Stunning Progress, Hidden Problems: The Dramatic Decline of Concentrated Poverty in the 1990s (2003), by Paul A. Jargowsky, analyzes high-poverty neighborhoods and the incidence of poor individuals within them in 1990 and 2000 to assess the changes.
  • From Despair to HOPE: HOPE VI and the New Promise of Public Housing in America’s Cities (2009), edited by Henry G. Cisneros and Lora Engdahl, explores HOPE VI background, principles, and outcomes; critiques; and lessons learned from early redevelopment projects.
  • Housing Policy Debate 20, no.1 (2010), is a special issue on changes for the original residents of Gatreaux, the transformation of Chicago’s public housing, mixed-income developments, and the effects of HOPE VI on area residents and neighborhoods.
  • The Journal of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, no.1 (2010), is the inaugural issue of the Institute’s newest publication, offering analysis of major comprehensive community development concepts and

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