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Built Environment - Counties & Rural 17 Items

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Accelerating Progress Toward a Sustainable Hawai'i Island

Report or White Paper, 2007
This report is the end product of RMI's project with Hawai'i County, in which RMI reviewed the County's goals, developed a whole-system conceptual framework to evaluate the goals, made recommendations that would help Hawai'i County lead by example, and suggested ways of measuring progress toward those goals.


Framework for Community Sustainability: Ten Ingredients for Long-Term Success

Guide, 2007
The Framework for Community Sustainability was derived from the experiences of North American communities that understand that community, economy, and environment are not competing interests, but complementary parts of a whole. It outlines the components of smart and sustainable community governance, suggesting how to weave sustainability into the public, private, and nonprofit fabric of a community. [Originally published in 2003; updated in 2007]


Building Community Prosperity Through Natural Capitalism

Guide, 2007
This document provides guidance for communities that are attempting to grow economically regardless of physical size. The guide lists dozens of ways communities are tapping their potential today through natural capitalism. [Originally published in 2001; updated in 2007]


Collaborating for Healthy Communities: The Path to a Sustainable Future

Report or White Paper, 2005
This paper offers a brief summary of the principles of community collaboration, describes how collaboration can proceed, and explains smart governance and active listening.


Cuyahoga Valley Initative: A Model of Regeneration

Report or White Paper, 2004
This report summarizes RMI’s recommendations to the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission for regenerating the environment, economy, and community of the Cuyahoga River Valley.


Valuing Decentralized Wastewater Technologies: A Catalog of Benefits, Costs, and Economic Analysis Techniques

Report or White Paper, 2004

The purpose of this report, which was prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is to present a catalog of the economic advantages and disadvantages of decentralized wastewater systems relative to larger scale solutions, in order to inform wastewater facility planning and assist communities in making better choices among their many technology options. To this end, this study attempts to compile and summarize what is known about the comparative benefits and costs of various aspects of centralized and decentralized systems. It also reveals and discusses the many issues that should be addressed when site-specific wastewater facility plans are prepared, as an annotated check-list that will help engineers, planners, and other professionals facilitate a more informed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of various system options for the communities they serve.


Case Studies of Economic Analysis and Community Decision Making for Decentralized Wastewater Systems

Report or White Paper, 2004

This report was submitted to the National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project. It examines how communities consider and value the benefits and costs of different scale wastewater facility options (onsite, cluster, and centralized options) in monetary or other terms, and examines the driving issues, motivations, thought processes, and decision-making methods of stakeholders relative to choices of wastewater system scale. Case studies of eight US communities cover seven topics that have received little attention in the literature to date. These include: financial benefits of incremental capacity expansion through implementation of decentralized systems; impacts of wastewater system choices on community growth, development, and autonomy; implications for fairness and equity within communities; how communities evaluate the performance and reliability of wastewater systems; how wastewater system planning affects relationships in a community and how relationships and trust affect wastewater decision making; hydrologic impacts of wastewater systems; and the value of decentralized systems to sanitation utilities that already manage large centralized systems. The case studies examine how each community evaluated the topical issue in the wastewater facility decision making process, or in some cases how the issue came up after wastewater facility decisions were made. The report also includes an analysis for a hypothetical community of the financial benefits of incremental capacity expansion using decentralized systems compared to periodic large-scale investments in centralized capacity.


North Central Arizona Water Demand Study

Report or White Paper, 2002

This report describes the situation of water resource stakeholders in the Coconino Plateau and the issues of how to provide sufficient water for current and future needs. Recent droughts, environmental concerns, population and economic growth all raise concerns over the adequacy of water supplies. Conservation and alternative supplies such as wastewater reclamation are important water management strategies in local communities, but have received little attention at the regional level to date. The North Central Arizona Water Demand Study, Phase I, contributes to the discussion by reviewing how water is currently provided and used for residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial purposes on non-reservation lands of the Coconino Plateau, in the area roughly bounded on the south by the Mogollon Rim, on the north by the Colorado River, on the west by the Aubrey Cliffs, and on the east by the communities of Winona toward the south and Page to the north. This report also describes and evaluates water conservation activities in the study area, and summarizes current and anticipated implementation of alternative supply systems. It sets out a recommended water demand forecasting methodology for a future study.


Grappling with Growth: Building a Strong Economy and Great Place to Live

Guide, 2001
This document describes how a community can grow its economy without necessarily expanding the community physically. It also describes four elements of smart growth and describes how a community that is experiencing growing pains can develop its economy in ways that are compatible with smart growth.


Daylighting: New Life for Buried Streams

Report or White Paper, 2000
This report reviews the benefits, challenges, and costs of exposing formerly culverted or buried streams. This process is referred to as daylighting streams. The report includes case studies of several dozen daylighting projects.


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