Tools and Key Resources

One of the goals of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is to help communities develop and support neighborhoods that provide transportation choices and affordable housing while increasing economic competitiveness and directing resources toward places with existing infrastructure.

To help support these communities, the Partnership agencies compiled this list of useful tools and key resources. All of the resources here have been developed by or sponsored by Partnership agencies. Click on the categories in the sidebar on the right to access these materials.

Partnership Publications

General Partnership Materials

Overview of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (2010) (PDF 1p 147.94KB)
A short fact sheet on the formation of the Partnership, livability principles, and goals.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Supporting Environmental Justice and Equitable Development (2010) (PDF 4p 665.68KB)
Describes how the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is working to help communities become more equitable and more sustainable for all residents.

Interagency Partnership Agreement (2009) (PDF 2p 51KB)
Outlines the goals and strategies for the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Accomplishments Reports

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments (2014) (PDF 24p 4.34MB)
This report shows how DOT, HUD, and EPA are cooperating, changing their policies, and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods that attract business development and jobs while protecting the environment.

Pacific Southwest Region Accomplishments Report, (2013) (PDF 23p 3.84MB)
The Partnership agencies in the Pacific Southwest Region developed this report to highlight the hard work and successes of communities in the region. The efforts by community leaders, transportation agencies, and housing advocates offer best practices for comprehensive land use and transportation planning that advances economic growth and meets environmental and health goals.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Three Years of Helping Communities Achieve Their Visions for Growth and Prosperity (2012) (PDF 20p 4.27MB)
This report describes accomplishments of the Partnership and the communities it serves on its third anniversary.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: A Year of Progress for American Communities (2010) (PDF 16p 1.84MB)
Report on the Partnership’s first year, highlighting key initiatives and community profiles.

Partnership in Action

Periodic updates on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities work.

Resources for Communities

Federal Region 9 Commentary on 'Federal Barriers to Local Housing and Transportation Coordination' Report  (2014) (PDF 26p 616KB) : This report looked at the barriers identified in the original paper, documented the updates that have taken place since the original paper was published in 2011, and described Bay Area and California practices that are addressing some of these barriers.

Federal Capacity Building and Training Opportunities (2013) (PDF 9p 143KB) is a list of training and technical assistance programs available to communities on a variety of Partnership-related topics.

Leveraging the Partnership: DOT, HUD, and EPA Programs for Sustainable Communities (2013) (PDF 16p 1.91MB) 
Guide to help communities identify federal resources that can support their efforts to promote more sustainable communities.

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities (2012) (PDF 44p 6MB) is a guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life.

Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities (2011) (PDF 52p 3MB)
Produced by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA, this report features case studies showcasing rural accomplishments, sample funding and technical assistance opportunities, and performance measures rural communities can use to assess their progress.

Federal Barriers to Local Housing and Transportation Coordination (2011) (PDF 285KB) 
This report includes a synopsis of the history of barriers to local coordination of housing and transportation resulting from HUD and DOT statutes and regulations, a summary of efforts to date to identify barriers within each agency’s programs, and a description of efforts underway to address these barriers.

Economic Development & Brownfields Redevelopment

Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions 2012
This EPA report finds that nearly three out of four large metropolitan regions saw an increased share of new housing development in previously developed areas during 2005-2009 compared to 2000-2004. Known as infill housing, this type of development provides economic and public health benefits to metropolitan areas while protecting the local environment. Infill housing has also been shown to help raise property values, increase a community’s tax base, and attract retail businesses to serve the larger residential population.

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
This EPA website links to grants, success stories, and other resources for communities maintained by EPA. It features Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Project Fact Sheets and Project Websites as well.

Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Coordination Webinars
These informal webinars highlight programs from Federal agencies that can help communities implement their community revitalization and redevelopment projects. The sessions can enable
communities to become more familiar with how Federal agencies operate locally and how their resources may be accessed/used. 

Restructuring the Commercial Strip: A Practical Guide for Planning the Revitalization of Deteriorating Strip Corridors
A guide to coordinating public and private investments and essential planning and design strategies to create a multimodal transportation system and thriving neighborhoods.

Connecting Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment (PDF 24p 725.46KB)
Examines planning strategies, financing options, and institutional practices that can help promote brownfield redevelopment.

SMARTe (Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools – electronic) (Exit Disclaimer)
SMARTe is a free web-based tool that contains resources and analysis tools for all aspects of the revitalization process including planning, environmental, economic, and social concerns.

Smart Growth: The Business Opportunity for Developers and Production Builders
A set of white papers that discuss the demand for smart growth development, how to market it, and the cost efficiencies of building it.

Economic Development and Smart Growth (PDF 50p 3.07MB)
Highlights the connections between smart growth and economic outcomes such as job growth, occupancy rates, tax base, and private investment. Uses detailed case studies to illustrate economic outcomes in places that have incorporated smart growth development strategies.

Smart Growth is Smart Business (Exit Disclaimer)
National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals and Smart Growth Leadership Institute identify successful companies that promote smart growth and bring vitality and prosperity to their communities.

Restructuring the Commercial Strip: A Practical Guide for Planning the Revitalization of Deteriorating Strip Corridors
Provides guidance on coordination of public and private investments and essential planning and design strategies necessary to create a multimodal transportation system and thriving neighborhoods.

Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions: Recovering a Community's Hidden Assets (PDF 86p 2.84MB)
A useful compendium of tips, procedures, and other information to assist those interested in brownfields redevelopment, including identifying properties, land use considerations by the buyer, placing properties under contract, the due diligence process, managing environmental liabilities, final approval on zoning and land use, and closing on the contract and financing.

Performance Measures/Data

Smart Location Database
This is a consistent nationwide GIS data resource for measuring location efficiency. It includes over 90 variables characterizing the built environment, transit service, destination accessibility, employment, and demographics at the census block group scale. Users can download data for their selected region, view data online in an interactive map, or access the data through a variety of web services.

Sustainable Communities Census Hot Report
This database gives community leaders and residents a quick and easy way to determine how well a community is performing on a variety of sustainability indicators. The HotReport includes indicators for Transportation, Housing, Economic development, Income and Equity using data from the US Census Bureau. You can select your community and view charts, tables, and maps showing performance trends over time. You can also select other communities that you consider as "peer" or comparison communities.

Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures
This guidebook, the outgrowth of a Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project assisting the California Department of Transportation, describes opportunities for transportation agencies to incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics Livability Program
The Livability Program page lists numerous data sources to help policy makers and transportation planners assess and evaluate transportation’s role in creating livable communities.

Community Planning and Development Performance Measurement
HUD publishes collected data on the outcomes of activities funded by its Formula Grant Assistance programs.

Smart Mobility 2010: A Call to Action for the New Decade (PDF 132p 15.44MB)
The Smart Mobility Framework emphasizes measures to improve travel choices, build healthy, livable communities, increase reliable travel times for people and freight, and safety for all users. It was developed in California with support from EPA and DOT.

Transit Performance Measurement website
A site maintained by the Federal Transit Administration describing effective and implementable measures.

Performance-Based Transit-Oriented Development Typology Guidebook (Exit Disclaimer)
Developed by the Center for Transit Oriented Development, with support from DOT, this guidebook is a hands-on tool for identifying the different conditions that exist around transit stations and determining how that influences performance on a range of metrics.

Highway Performance Measurement
This Federal Highway Administration website includes a description of transportation performance measures, key steps in their development, and major issues and examples.

Rural Communities

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities (PDF 44p 6MB) is a guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life.

Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities (PDF 52p 3MB)
Produced by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA, this report features case studies showcasing rural accomplishments, sample funding and technical assistance opportunities, and performance measures rural communities can use to assess their progress.

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities
Focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities.

US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program
Provides resources, tools, and programs to assist communities with improving the economy and quality of life in rural America.

US Department of Agriculture Atlas of Rural and Small Town America
An interactive data tool to view statistics on people, jobs, and agriculture in your community. 

Rural Transportation Planning Resources
This site provides links to a wide variety of information resources to support transportation planning efforts in communities and areas outside those regions covered by Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Rural Transportation Toolbox
Designed to assist public and private stakeholders in planning, developing, and improving rural areas and small communities, especially through transportation and related projects.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass
The USDA Compass is an online multi-media narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and an interactive map of USDA-supported local and regional food activities in all 50 states.

Transportation Choices

The Role of Transportation Systems Management & Operations in Supporting Livability and Sustainability  (Exit Disclaimer)
The document describes nine key elements for managing and operating transportation systems in ways that support livability and sustainability. The document also provides a vision of how the regional transportation system could look in the future if M&O strategies were comprehensively implemented to advance livability and sustainability goals. Case examples throughout and a section on implementation will help practitioners to get started on implementing M&O to support livability and sustainability in their communities.

The Model Design Manual for Living Streets  (Exit Disclaimer)
This model manual offers a template of plans and specifications for local jurisdictions to tailor to meet local community conditions and specific street design needs. Additionally, the manual offers recommendations to maximize benefits and minimize costs associated with street design.

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach   (Exit Disclaimer)
Produced by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the guide is a recommended practice for local communities to apply context-sensitive solutions to street design. The manual acts as a how-to document that illustrates best practices for the creation and implementation of walkable, mixed-use streets.

Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool (Exit Disclaimer)
Identifies characteristics of sustainable highways and provides procedures and techniques to help agencies and organizations apply and integrate sustainability best practices into highway and other roadway projects and programs within system planning, project development, and operations and maintenance.

Livability in Transportation Guidebook
A Federal Highway Administration guide to incorporating livability principles into transportation planning, programming, and project design, using examples from State, regional, and local sponsors. DOT also released two training videos highlighting key concepts and case studies from the Guidebook available to watch online. View Part I of the training here and Part II here.

Transportation Planning and Sustainability Guidebook
The guidebook presents critical issues involved in planning for sustainable transportation systems and then reviews current practices in the US and abroad that address these issues.

FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Resources
This page provides links to program related websites, upcoming events, and other resources including data sources related to walking and bicycling, reports by other groups, and speeches by DOT leadership. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) also has a wealth of information and research about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement and access and mobility.

Pedestrian and Transit-Friendly Design: A Primer for Smart Growth (PDF 26p 2.75MB)
This manual highlights 23 pedestrian- and transit-friendly design features with descriptions, photos, and graphics.

Livability, Sustainable Development and Smart Growth Bibliography
A listing of relevant articles and research reports on the benefits of sustainable communities from 2004-2009 compiled by the National Transportation Library.

 Transit-Friendly Streets: Design and Traffic Management Strategies to Support Livable Communities (Exit Disclaimer)
Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 33 presents 10 strategies used in both the United States and Europe to create transit-friendly streets. The strategies are followed by case studies of five communities that have pursued different initiatives to improve their livability.

The Role of Transit in Creating Livable Metropolitan Communities (PDF 19p 3.34MB)
The report combines guidelines and case studies to provide a comprehensive approach for improving community livability and transit ridership in the United States.

Livability & Smart Growth Assessment Tools Database 
Hosted by the Safe States Alliance, the database provides centralized access to basic assessment tools and checklists that can assist users with evaluating their communities' degree of livability and provide essential information needed to create safer and healthier neighborhoods.

Safe, Healthy, and Active Transportation Toolkit
The Safe, Healthy, and Active Transportation Toolkit is comprised of a host of resources designed to provide public health professionals, planners, and others with presentations, seminal articles, case studies, fact sheets, and other sources of information that can be used to support and advance Smart Growth, livability, and improved built environment efforts.  The goal of this toolkit is to provide resources and evidence for those that want to reach out to their fellow colleagues in the areas of transportation, land use, and public health to make a stronger case for why health is a transportation issue.

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Housing Choices

FTA Joint Development Resources
A set of tools for joint development and transit oriented development, including detailed information on the types of Federal Transit Administration funding that can be used for joint development projects.

Mixed-Income Transit-Oriented Development Action Guide (Exit Disclaimer)
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development maintains a comprehensive website with information on ways to create mixed-income housing in transit-oriented development.

Smart Growth and Affordable Housing
An EPA website with resources and a discussion of how smart growth strategies can help communities and their residents be better stewards of the environment and achieve more affordable, livable communities.

Realizing the Potential: Expanding Housing Opportunities Near Transit 
A report funded by the Federal Transit Administration and HUD shows that location matters a great deal when it comes to reducing household costs.

The Role of State DOTs in Support of Transit-Oriented Development (PDF 17p 373.26KB)
This report, requested by the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment, highlights innovative ways that states can support development around transit investment.

Clean Air and Water

Air Quality Resources
State and Local Climate and Energy Program
An EPA program to provide technical assistance, analytical tools, and outreach support to state, local, and tribal governments.

EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality
Offers information on emissions from transportation sources, including information about relevant EPA regulations, and what you can do to reduce your transportation emissions.

Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse
Includes information about greenhouse gas inventories, reduction strategies, and state and local best practices.

Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process
This study provides a toolkit for integrating climate change considerations into long range transportation planning at state DOTs and MPOs. The report reviews the experience of a number of DOTs and MPOs that are already incorporating climate change into their transportation planning processes and identifies their successes and challenges.

Getting Smart About Climate Change (Exit Disclaimer)
Outlines nine strategies for successfully applying smart growth principles to climate concerns on the local and regional levels.

Smart Growth: A Guide to Developing and Implementing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs (PDF 16p 1.39MB)
Describes how smart growth strategies can help local governments reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life.

EPA Climate Change Portal
Provides information on climate change for communities, individuals, businesses, states, localities, and governments.

Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse
Includes information about greenhouse gas inventories, reduction strategies, and state and local best practices.

Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process
This study provides a toolkit for integrating climate change considerations into long range transportation planning at state DOTs and MPOs. The report reviews the experience of a number of DOTs and MPOs that are already incorporating climate change into their transportation planning processes and identifies their successes and challenges.

Water Quality Resources

Federal Agency Support for Green Infrastructure Collaborative (PDF 4p 124kb)
Specific commitments from EPA, DOT, HUD, USDA, DOI, DOD and DOE to help encourage wider adoption of green stormwater management infrastructure

Green Infrastructure Models and Calculators
This site offers tools to model stormwater runoff, water-quality impacts from land use changes, the benefits of green roofs and urban tree coverage, and pollutant load reductions; to evaluate the performance of green infrastructure techniques; and to help quantify the costs and benefits of stormwater treatment devices and green infrastructure investments.

Green Infrastructure Municipal Handbook
Topics in this handbook from EPA include financing, operation and maintenance, incentives, designs, codes and ordinances, and a variety of other subjects to help local officials implement green infrastructure in their communities.

Green Infrastructure Resources
EPA documents and resources to help communities understand and implement green infrastructure, an approach to wet weather management that is cost effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

Sustainable Infrastructure for Water and Wastewater
EPA compendium of sustainable practices for water quality project and asset management, full cost pricing, water efficiency, and watershed approaches.

Protecting Water Resources with Smart Growth
Intended for audiences already familiar with smart growth concepts who seek specific ideas on how techniques for smarter growth can be used to protect water resources. Suggests 75 policies that communities can use to grow in the way that they want while protecting their water quality.

EPA Watershed Academy
Offers a variety of self-paced training modules for a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field.

Opportunities to Advance Sustainability in California's Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program (47 p 765K)
Produced by EPA's Office of Water and EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities, this report describes a pilot project to help the state direct resources to projects that support sustainable communities.

Maryland Clean Water State Revolving Fund Sustainable Communities Pilot Project Report (15 p 227 K)
Decisions about where to provide public wastewater infrastructure affect development patterns and influence where and how a community will grow. This report describes how EPA worked with Maryland's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program to consider ways to focus resources in existing communities and infrastructure systems to leverage past investments and support sustainable communities.

Lick Run Watershed Strategic Integration Report
US EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization commissioned this plan to outline coordinated actions, investments and decision-points associated with  a green infrastructure program approach.

Equity & Environmental Justice

Federal Mapping Resources Catalog (PDF 14p 284KB)
Team-EJ, the environmental justice-focused working group of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, has compiled the linked publicly-available mapping and data tools from across the three Partnership agencies, USDA, and the Centers for Disease Control at the Department of Health and Human Services. These tools provide diverse ways for communities to understand where there are federal investments in their communities, learn what types of special designations they may qualify for, and access geo-spatial data on demographics, health indicators, toxic facilities, community assets and much more.

Team-EJ Environmental Justice Deskbook  (PDF 119pp. 9.26mb)
The Environmental Justice and Sustainability Resource Reference Deskbook serves as a one-stop compilation of information intended to help those who address environmental justice and/or sustainability issues.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Supporting Environmental Justice and Equitable Development (PDF 4p 665.68KB)
Describes how the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is working to help communities become more equitable and more sustainable for all residents.

Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Strategies
With guidance from the Obama Administration, the Partnership Agencies and other members of the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice are updating their EJ guidance and strategy documents with the benefit of feedback from community, industry, and equity groups.

Environmental Justice Federal Interagency Directory (PDF 52 pp, 886K)
This resource provides basic information about the role of each federal agency in environmental justice and includes their organization chart and key contact information for agency staff.

Community-Based Federal Environmental Justice Guide (PDF 126 pp, 3MB)
Includes programs within federal agencies that may assist communities in reducing toxic exposure. The federal programs listed may provide technical assistance, federal funding or a combination of both.

FHWA Accessibility Resource Library
Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other accessibility resources that may affect research, planning, design, construction, or operations of any Federal Highway Administration project.

Equitable Development Toolkit (Exit Disclaimer)
This toolkit introduces 28 tools that can help communities and regions begin to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization.

National Environmental Justice Resource Center (Exit Disclaimer)0
This web site compiles news, resources, and research on environmental justice and related issues.

Community Planning

FHWA Scenario Planning Toolbox
The Federal Highway Administration maintains an online toolbox with noteworthy practices and innovative uses of Scenario Planning applications for communities. You can explore other Scenario Planning Resources and learn who to contact in FHWA about particular  community planning questions or issues.

HUD Consolidated Planning
Resources local governments can use to prepare consolidated plans and examples of innovative regional and integrated planning practices that can be applied by local governments as they update their own plans. Includes information about Transit-Oriented Development and neighborhood planning.

Smart Growth Online (Exit Disclaimer)
A web-based catalogue of smart growth-related news, events, information, and resources, funded by EPA.

Getting to Smart Growth, Volumes I and II
These primers describe concrete techniques of putting the ten smart growth principles into practice. Each publication has 100 policies that have proven successful in communities across the United States and range from formal legislative or regulatory efforts to informal approaches, plans, and programs. Both publications are also available in Spanish.

Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes
A toolbox of the most relevant zoning changes that communities can make to their zoning codes and regulations based on common issues and themes confronting urban and suburban governments.

Tool Kit for Integrating Land Use and Transportation Decision-Making
A user-friendly source of methods, strategies, and procedures for integrating land use and transportation planning, decision-making, and project implementation. Thirty tools, including CommunityViz, PLACE3S, and Paint the Town are included, along with implementation examples and additional information.

Smart Growth Implementation Toolkit
A set of tools to help your community grow smarter, including a quick diagnostic of existing conditions, a policy audit, a code audit, an audit summary mechanism, and a project scorecard to assess potential updates.

Scenario Planning Tools Web Portal
A website created by the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities to facilitate a community of scenario planning tool developers and users with the objective of advancing the use of scenario planning tools. Available on the site is a new report examining the current state of scenario planning, the promise of scenario planning tools to help us prepare for the future, the challenges to expanding their use and their potential to open access to the planning process. Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools (Exit Disclaimer) came out of a series of workshops between scenario tool developers and users, including the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities.

Smart Growth Scorecards
A collection of scorecards that help communities assess their existing policies, current development patterns, and proposed development projects based on smart growth principles.

Growing Smart Legislative Handbook (PDF 73p 1MB)
The guidebook provides alternative approaches to state planning and zoning enabling statutes with model laws and supporting commentary. Many of the model laws in the Guidebook are adaptations of existing, successful state statutes.

Energy Efficiency

Location Efficiency and Housing Type – Boiling it Down to BTUs
An EPA report finds that a home's location and access to transit are as important to reducing energy use as are energy-efficiency measures in homes and cars.

Energy Efficiency Resources for Governments
Information funding and programs at the US Department of Energy for governments, including tribal programs, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, and others.

Green Homes and Communities
Provides information local governments can use to find smart solutions to energy and environmental challenges associated with housing development.

EPA Green Building Program
The hub for EPA's green building activities, with links to resources to help communities find healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.

Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments (PDF 92p 17.32MB)
A toolkit to assist local governments identifying and remove barriers to sustainable design and green building in their permitting processes. The toolkit contains an assessment tool, a resource guide, and a guide to developing an action plan for implementing changes to the permitting process.

Green Building Action Plan
A report by the Federal Transit Administration provides an analysis of green buildings in transit and actions to encourage these practices in the transit industry.

Playbook for Green Buildings + Neighborhoods (Exit Disclaimer)
Developed by a consortium of more than 20 local governments, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and utilities, the playbook provides strategies, tips, and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change through green buildings, green neighborhoods, and sustainable infrastructure. (Exit Disclaimer)
Resource on technical aspects on home building, including energy efficiency and green building.  This resource was developed as part of HUD’s PATH program.

Tools For Sustainable Communities

Tool Agency Description URL
Community Design and Planning
Sustainable Communities HotReport HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities (with support from the U.S. Census Bureau) Tool is designed to give community leaders and residents a quick and easy way to determine how well one's community is performing on a variety of sustainability indicators, including transportation, housing, economic development, income and equity. Allows the user to select his/her community and view charts, tables, and maps showing performance trends over time and compare the results with the state, U.S. and other communities.

Sustainable Communities Grants & Technical Assistance HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities Interactive map includes information on HUD, DOT and EPA grant awards and other assistance provided to communities across the country through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities since 2009.

Smart Location Database EPA Tool uses characteristics like housing density, diversity of land use, neighborhood design, destination accessibility, transit service, employment, and demographics to measure location efficiency. Planners can use the tool in scenario planning and travel demand studies.

Mixed-Use Trip Generation Model EPA Spreadsheet tool to help local government staff, consultants, and developers estimate trips generated by a new mixed-use development. The method also predicts trips by walking and transit and estimates the daily vehicle miles of travel associated with the development.

Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments EPA Addresses the local codes and ordinances that affect the design, construction, renovation, and operation and maintenance of a building and its immediate site to help local governments, the development community, and other building professionals identify and remove barriers to sustainable design and green building in their permitting processes.

Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design and Development EPA This resource helps communities that seek to locate, design, and develop housing — particularly affordable housing — in a way that reduces household costs, improves residents' quality of life, and invests public resources more sustainably. The guidelines can serve as a checklist for local officials, state or regional policy makers, developers, and community members to ensure that programs, plans, and proposed developments incorporate the elements needed at the location, site, and building levels to result in more sustainable, affordable housing.

Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Rural Planning, Zoning, and Development Codes EPA Provides policy options that can help rural communities strengthen their economies while preserving rural character.

Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes EPA A toolbox of the most relevant zoning changes that communities can make to their zoning codes and regulations based on common issues and themes confronting urban and suburban governments.

PlaceFit Tool DOT/FHWA This investigative tool provides access to a variety of existing websites based on livability characteristics that may appeal to an individual user's lifestyle choices. It can help the user identify communities with characteristics that appeal to the user and his/her family's needs when relocating for a job, schooling, retirement, or a variety of other reasons. It also can help the user to compare his/her current community to other communities.

Livable Communities Discussion Board DOT/FHWA Online public forum for practitioners in public, private, and nonprofit agencies and organizations at the local, State, and Federal levels who are interested in helping communities provide more transportation choices, encourage access to good jobs and affordable housing, support quality schools, and promote safer streets. Participants come from a range of fields, including transportation, land use, housing, environment, and economic development.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics Livability Website DOT/Bureau of Transportation Statistics Variety of resources to help policy makers and transportation planners in their efforts to better understand, assess and evaluate transportation's role in creating livable communities.

Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit HHS/CDC Four components work together to help include health in the planning process: a checklist, customizable PowerPoint presentation for stakeholder engagement; a tool for creating a health profile of a neighborhood; and a Planning for Health Resources Guide.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) DOT/NHTSA Website contains data on all vehicle crashes in the U.S. that occur on a public roadway and involve a fatality. Includes State-by-State data analysis and maps, a Highway Fatality GIS Tool, and a query system that provides interactive public access to fatality data.

Highway Safety Improvement Program Self Assessment Tool DOT/FHWA Tool consists of a number of questions designed to provide those with Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) management responsibilities information to assess their programs, policies, and procedures against many of the recommended HSIP practices in use today.

Bicycle Countermeasure Selection System (BIKESAFE) DOT/FHWA Tools and resources intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who bicycle. Allow the user to select appropriate countermeasures or treatments to address specific bicycling objectives or crash problems.

Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE) DOT/FHWA Online tools intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. Provide the user with a list of possible engineering, education, or enforcement treatments to improve pedestrian safety and/or mobility based on user input about a specific location.
Transportation and Housing
National Household Travel Survey DOT/FHWA Serves as a tool in the urban transportation planning process by providing data on personal travel behavior, trends in travel over time, trip generation rates, national data to use as a benchmark in reviewing local data, and data for various other planning and modeling applications. Assists transportation planners and policymakers who need comprehensive data on travel and transportation patterns in the U.S.
Location Affordability Index HUD & DOT Tool estimates the percentage of a family's income dedicated to the combined cost of housing and transportation at a given location. Individuals can customize their household profile by entering household income, household size, and the number of commuters.

My Transportation Cost Calculator HUD & DOT Tool -- which is a component of the Location Affordability Index -- permits individuals to customize their transportation expenses by providing more specific transportation cost information.

Preservation of Affordable Housing Near Transit HUD Data files for federally assisted projects located in the 20 metropolitan areas included in the report "Preserving Subsidized Housing Opportunities Near Transit." Planners and local practitioners may wish to use the geo-coded data to identify the federally assisted projects near transit that may be at risk during the next five years due to the expiration of existing Section 8 contracts.

Community Planning and Development Maps HUD Online GIS mapping tool, includes data layers for housing -- including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program data -- transportation, environment, economic development, and demographic data.
Qualified Census Tract Locator HUD Allows user to identify whether a specific address is located in a Qualified Census Tract (QCT) for purposes of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.
Household Carbon Footprint Calculator EPA Tool uses an online calculator to get a rough “ballpark” estimate of the user's personal or family’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce one's GHG emissions.

Energy and Emissions Reduction Policy Analysis Tool (EERPAT) DOT/FHWA Developed to assist state transportation agencies with analyzing greenhouse gas reduction scenarios and alternatives for use in the transportation planning process, the development of state climate action plans, scenario planning exercises, and to measure the reduction potential of various transportation strategies to meet state greenhouse gas reduction goals and targets. The Tool allows agencies to quickly assess policy interactions in hundreds of scenarios. Many states are seeking to perform this type of analysis, but lack the tools to do so, and this tool was developed to fill this gap.

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts NOAA The viewer allows coastal communities to see how various levels of sea level rise will affect them. It displays potential future sea levels, provides simulations of sea level rise at local landmarks, overlays social and economic data onto potential sea level rise, and examines how tidal flooding will become more frequent with sea level rise.

Envirofacts EPA National information system that provides an integrated single point of access to data on Superfund sites, drinking water, toxics and air releases, hazardous waste, and water discharge permits.
AirData EPA Website gives the user access to air quality data, primarily from the Air Quality System (AQS) database, collected at outdoor monitors across the U.S. Users can choose from among several ways of looking at the data: download data into a file (or view it on the screen); output the data into one of AirData’s standard reports; create graphical displays using one of the visualization tools; and investigate monitor locations using an interactive map. AirData allows the user to display and download monitored hourly, daily, and annual concentration data, Air Quality Index data, and speciated particle pollution data.
National Stormwater Calculator EPA Estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States.

Toxics Release Inventory Explorer EPA Allows user to generate reports on releases, transfers, and waste management that can be displayed by facility, chemical, geographic area, industry (NAICS code), reporting years, or by map.

School Siting Guidelines EPA Voluntary school siting guidelines that can help local school districts and community members evaluate environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions.

School Environment Assessment Tool EPA Software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. Designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school-by-school.
EnviroAtlas EPA A collection of tools and resources that provides geospatial data, maps, research, and analysis on the benefits that humans receive from nature, including clean air, clean and plentiful water, natural hazard mitigation, biodiversity conservation, food, fuel, and materials, recreational opportunities, and cultural and aesthetic value.

Cleanups in My Community EPA Website maps sites across the U.S. where hazardous waste is being or has been cleaned up. Includes Superfund National Priorities List sites and Brownfields properties.

EJView EPA Mapping tool that allows users to create maps and generate detailed reports based on the geographic areas and data sets they choose. Includes data from multiple factors that may affect human and environmental health within a community or region, including: demographic, health, environmental, and facility-level data.

Impervious Surface Growth Model EPA A simple spreadsheet tool for estimating net impervious surface growth associated with development proposals based on the development location.

Water Quality Scorecard EPA This scorecard offers policy options for protecting and improving water quality across different scales of land use and across multiple municipal departments.

Green Infrastructure Tools EPA Website provides a variety of green infrastructure tools, including cost-benefit resources, design and implementation resources, and modeling tools.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network HHS/CDC System of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources. Allows the user to view maps, tables, and charts with data about chemicals and other substances found in the environment, some chronic diseases and conditions, and the user's state.

INVEST - Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool DOT/FHWA Self-evaluation tool allows transportation agencies to evaluate the sustainability of their programs and projects.
Sortable Stats (Health) HHS/CDC Website provides population level data on health risk factors, rates of disease, and death rates in tables and on maps by State, Federal region, and territory.
Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS™) HHS/CDC Interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the U.S.

Area Health Resources Files HHS/HRSA Website includes several products: (1) downloadable data sets with demographic and training information for 50+ health professions; (2) a tool that compares a State/county's available health resources and health status indicators to other States/counties; and (3) a mapping tool that enables users to compare the availability of healthcare providers and environmental factors affecting health at the state and county levels. Resources draw from an extensive county-level database assembled annually from over 50 sources. Intended to inform health resources planning, analysis and decision-making.
Food Access
Food Environment Atlas USDA Website identifies factors that influence food choices and diet quality, such as access to grocery stores across U.S. counties, store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics.

Food Access Research Atlas (Food Desert Locator) USDA Tool offers census-tract-level data on food access and presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass Map USDA Map shows efforts supported by USDA and other Federal partners and related information on local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2012 to illustrate the local foods landscape in communities across the country. Data includes USDA and other Federally supported local food projects, farmers markets, food hubs, meat processors and more.

Demographic/Economic Data
American FactFinder Department of Commerce/U.S. Census Bureau Website's Community Facts search function provides demographic information for a geographical area, drawing on data from the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey.

Economy at a Glance Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics Website provides employment and unemployment by sector at the State and metropolitan levels.
Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America USDA Aggregates data from several different Federal sources and provides statistics in four broad categories of socioeconomic factors: demographics, jobs, agriculture indicators, and poverty trends.



Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Provides information on home loan values, small business lending, and other Home Mortgage Disclosure Act- and Community Reinvestment Act-related data that are available at the census tract level.


Tool Under Development Agency Description Timeline
Transportation and Health Tool DOT and CDC Tool will provide transportation decisionmakers with a perspective on how transportation can influence public health based on indicators like: commute mode shares; Complete Streets policies, plans and projects; DUI/DWI fatalities; exposure to major roadways and vehicle emissions; housing and transportation affordability; miles traveled by mode; physical activity from transportation; road traffic fatalities by mode; road traffic fatalities exposure rate; road traffic injuries by mode; seat belt use; use of Federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian efforts; vehicle miles traveled per capita; and walkability. Estimated release: Fall 2014
Scenario Planning Performance Based Tool DOT Tool will help State DOTs and MPOs integrate scenario planning into the transportation planning process. It will help MPOs develop scenarios for potential regional investment strategies, scenarios for assumed land use distribution of population and employment, scenarios associated with baseline conditions and improving baseline conditions for the national performance measures identified in MAP-21, scenarios associated with constrained and unconstrained revenues, and the evaluation of the potential costs and benefits associated with each scenario. Estimated release: early 2017
Livability Performance Measures Tool DOT/FHWA The Livability Performance Metrics tool will allow practitioners to search for performance measures relevant to their specific circumstances, community and quality of life goals. The tool will include specific livability areas of interest such as accessibility, housing, land use, and economics. Under development
C-FERST (Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool) EPA C-FERST is expected to increase the availability and accessibility of science for risk ranking and understanding the environmental health consequences of community decisions. By incorporating the latest research estimating human exposures to toxic substances in the environment, it will assist communities in identifying and prioritizing environmental health issues and potential actions. The tool provides easy access to maps, information, and location-specific environmental data for decision-making and problem solving. C-FERST and related research that will populate the tool will be used by stakeholders to make informed, cost-effective decisions to improve public health. Currently in pilot phase.
T-FERST (Tribal-Focused Environmental Risk and Sustainability Tool) EPA Web-based geospatial decision support tool designed to serve as a research framework to provide tribes with easy access to the best available human health and ecological science. Intended to empower tribes by providing access to relevant science that can be used to develop sustainable, cost-effective solutions for reducing environmental exposures and health risks. Using this web-based geospatial decision support tool, tribes may employ a holistic approach to address environmental concerns and plan for the future. Currently in pilot phase.


Community Cumulative Assessment Tool (CCAT) EPA A computerized, guided process that informs users of the steps involved in a cumulative risk assessment (CRA), such as problem formulation, conceptual model development, and the consideration of multiple stressors. It clarifies relationships between stressors, sources, and health effects; highlights decision points in the cause-effect chain where actions could improve health and the environment; and helps identify areas of highest uncertainty. CCAT pays particular attention to susceptible and vulnerable populations and a range of chemical and non-chemical stressors to further inform Environmental Justice assessments. It accesses informational resources such as C-FERST and GeoPlatform to inform the CCAT decision-making process. A prototype has been developed, but this resource has not yet been publicly released.


Environmental Quality Index EPA Future tool to examine the breadth of environmental factors that may contribute to adverse health outcomes and particularly how they contribute to health disparities in low-income and minority populations. Will include air, water, land, built environment, and social determinants data. Currently under development.
Human Well-Being Index EPA Includes metrics on ecosystem services, social structure, and economic health. Uses eight dimensions to map social well-being: connection to nature; cultural fulfillment; education; health; leisure time; living standards; safety and security; and social cohesion. Currently under development.

Tool Agency Description URL
Community Design and Planning
Smart Growth Implementation Toolkit Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute (with EPA funding) These tools provide a step-by-step guide for how to examine the policies, codes, zoning regulations, and development requirements that can affect how a community grows.



LEED for Neighborhood Development U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) This rating system integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building/infrastructure practices to rate neighborhood development on how well it reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT), locates development where jobs and services are accessible by foot or transit, and uses energy and water efficiently.
STAR Community Rating System STAR Communities Self-reporting framework and rating system for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities. Considers the built environment, equity, and health among other topics.


Sustainable Communities Index Sustainable Communities Collective Website provides data and resources necessary to collect indicators for livable, equitable, and prosperous cities. Provides the methods and data sources required for collecting indicators in the user's city or region and resources for applying these metrics to planning, policymaking and civic engagement.


Smart Growth Scorecards Various Compilation of smart growth scorecards that fall under several categories: municipal level, project specific, and component assessment (bikeability, and walkability).


Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools - electronic (SMARTe) U.S.-German Bilateral Working Group (with EPA funding) Web-based tool that contains resources and analysis tools for all aspects of the revitalization process including planning, environmental, economic, and social concerns. Intended to help users overcome obstacles to revitalization such as absence of vision, lack of funding, or fear of liability.


Green Values® Stormwater Toolbox Center for Neighborhood Technology Provides technical information on green infrastructure, including stormwater management calculators. Developed primarily for use by planners, engineers and other municipal staff.
Equitable Development Toolkit PolicyLink Toolkit introduces 28 tools that can help communities and regions promote equitable development, creating healthy and vibrant communities of opportunity and ensuring that low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods and regions.



Building American Cities Toolkit™ Center For Community Progress Toolkit that helps practitioners think through strategies, identify specific tools to carry out those strategies, and learn about communities elsewhere that have used those tools, to improve the land, buildings, neighborhoods and other areas that make up a city’s built environment.


Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index San Francisco Department of Public Health Observational survey tool to prioritize improvements in pedestrian infrastructure, drawing on published research and work from numerous cities to assess how the physical environment impacts whether people walk in a neighborhood. Quantifies street and intersection factors empirically known to affect people's travel behaviors. Organized into five categories -- intersection safety, traffic, street design, land use, and perceived safety -- with 31 indicators that reflect the quality of the built environment for pedestrians.



Walk Score®, Bike Score®, TransitScore® Walk Score® Tool rates and ranks cities, neighborhoods and individual locations based on built environment attributes, and assigns scores evaluating accessibility for walking, bicycling and transit.
ParkScore® The Trust for Public Land Comprehensive rating system that measures how well the 50 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks. Uses GIS to provide in-depth data to guide local park improvement efforts. The mapping technology identifies which neighborhoods and demographics are underserved by parks and how many people are able to reach a park within a ten-minute walk.
Complete Streets Assessment Tool University of Oregon, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (Marc Schlossberg) Tool uses mobile GIS mapping technology to evaluate streets and intersections from the perspective of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. Designed for use in a facilitated workshop setting with GIS technicians on site to train users in operating it, and synthesizing and displaying data. Intended for use by non-technical community groups, with a dual emphasis on data collection and community coalition building, but it also has potential application for public agencies.


TOD Database Center for Transit-Oriented Development Tool is a database that provides economic and demographic information for every existing and proposed fixed guideway transit station in the U.S. Intended for planners, developers, government officials, and academics.
Missed Opportunity: 100 Metropolitan Profiles The Brookings Institution Provides transit accessibility profiles for the 100 largest metropolitan areas. Contains the same static data at the metropolitan scale that was previously available in the "Transit Access to Jobs in Metropolitan America" interactive map.



Community Commons Institute for People, Place & Possibility (with initial funding from CDC) Website provides an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for healthy, sustainable, and livable communities. Registered users have FREE access to: over 7000 GIS data layers at state, county, zip code, block group, tract, and point-levels; contextualized mapping, visualization, analytic, impact and communication tools and apps; and searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives (multi-sector collaboratives) working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/equitable communities.
Scenario Planning
CommunityViz (not free) Placeways A tailored GIS software package that allows users to create and manipulate a virtual representation of a town and explore different land use scenarios.
CorPlan Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and the Charlottesville-Albemarle MPO (with DOT/FHWA funding) A GIS- and spreadsheet-based model to assist in creating alternative development scenarios that can be tested with traditional four-step travel demand models.


Envision Tomorrow Plus Metropolitan Research Center and Fregonese Associates (Reid Ewing) - (with HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant funding) An open-access scenario planning tool that allows users to “paint” development scenarios on the landscape, and compare scenario outcomes using a comprehensive range of indicators relating to land use, housing, demographics, economic growth, development feasibility, fiscal impacts, transportation, environmental factors, and quality of life.


INDEX (not free) Criterion Planners An integrated suite of desktop and web-based scenario planning tools that allows land use scenarios to be created and evaluated based on 150 performance indicators.
Metroquest (not free) Metroquest (Envision Sustainability Tools Inc.) A regional scenario planning/analysis tool that allows agency staff and workshop participants to create, evaluate, and compare regional transportation and land use scenarios.
PLACE3S (PLAnning for Community Energy, Environmental, and Economic Sustainability) California Energy Commission The PLACE3S model (PLAnning for Community Energy, Environmental, and Economic Sustainability) is a GIS-based analytical tool that calculates a range of community indicators.


UPLAN UC-Davis A model that projects urban growth by using several land uses as inputs. The model relies on fine-grained grid data that represent existing urban, local general land use plans, and all other relevant natural and built features that define the model.
Rapid Fire (not free) Calthorpe Associates A spreadsheet-based tool that is used to produce and evaluate statewide, regional, county, and jurisdiction-level scenarios. It emerged out of the need for a comprehensive modeling tool that could inform state, regional, and local agencies and policymakers in evaluating climate, land use, and infrastructure investment policies.



UrbanFootprint (not free) Calthorpe Associates Tool allows for detailed mapping and "painting" of land use and transport futures and can work at regional, subregional, and local planning scales. It includes the ability to analyze scenarios based on a full range of fiscal, environmental, and public health metrics.



Transportation for Communities – Advancing Projects Through Partnerships (TCAPP, SHRP 2 Capacity Project C01) Transportation Research Board (with DOT/FHWA funding) A decision support web resource, developed based on the experience of transportation professionals and stakeholders, which provides information about the transportation planning and project development processes. Includes assessments to help identify barriers to successful project and plan development and strategies for overcoming them. TCAPP is a beta version of what will become PlanWorks, a FHWA web resource.


SmartGAP (SHRP 2 Capacity Project C16) Transportation Research Board (with DOT/FHWA funding) A tool for evaluating the impact of various smart growth policies to provide transportation planning agencies with improved tools and methods for more accurately and comprehensively integrating transportation investment decision-making with land development and growth management.


Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Methodologies for State Transportation Departments American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Provides greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting procedures to help state departments of transportation (DOTs) prepare a GHG emission inventory of their operations to understand the manner and magnitude of their contribution to climate change and make informed GHG management decisions.




TravelMatters Center for Neighborhood Technology Website offers interactive emissions calculators, emissions maps, and a wealth of educational content to show how more efficient transit systems can lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Walkable 101: The Walkability Workbook Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (with EPA funding) A free set of documents and slide presentations providing guidance on everything needed to organize community walkability workshops, conduct walkability audits and prioritize changes for a better built environment.


Walk Friendly Communities - Community Assessment Tool Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (with DOT/FHWA funding) Form-based tool is intended to recognize existing walkable communities and provide a framework for communities to improve their walkability.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool (PBCAT) Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (with DOT/FHWA funding) Crash typing software product intended to assist state and local pedestrian and bicycle coordinators, planners and engineers with improving walking and bicycling safety through the development and analysis of a database containing details associated with crashes between motor vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists.
Bicycle Assessment Safety Index Tool University of Oregon, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (Marc Schlossberg) Tool uses mobile GIS mapping technology to evaluate streets and intersections from the perspective of cyclists for bicycle route planning and evaluation. Designed for use in a facilitated workshop setting with GIS technicians on site to train users in operating the tool and synthesizing and displaying collected data. Intended for non-technical community groups to use with a dual emphasis on data collection and community coalition building, but it also has potential application for public agencies.


Accessibility Audit Tool University of Oregon, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (Marc Schlossberg) Tool uses mobile GIS mapping technology to evaluate intersections from the perspective of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and beyond. Intended for use by non-technical community groups as well as public agencies and departments of transportation.


Transportation and Housing
Housing + Transportation Affordability Index Center for Neighborhood Technology This tool provides a comprehensive way of thinking about the cost of housing and true affordability by examining transportation costs at a neighborhood level. It allows the user to view housing and transportation data as maps, charts, and statistics.
Abogo Center for Neighborhood Technology Tool that allows the user to discover how transportation affects the affordability and sustainability of where an individual lives.
Transit Savings Report and Calculator American Public Transportation Association Calculator tool helps the user compare the price of using public transportation with the price of driving a motor vehicle. The user may set variables such as the price of gas and the length of the round trip to match the price of gas in the user's area and the length of the user's trip.




Subsidized Housing Data National Housing Trust Provides detailed data about privately-owned and Federally-assisted apartment homes so that policy makers and community advocates know where affordable housing is at risk. Data include: state reports of properties with project-based Section 8 contracts expiring over the next five years (including information about property location, housing subsidy expiration date, physical inspection scores, ownership, management, and mortgage terms (if the mortgage is HUD insured)), and state reports of properties with USDA Section 515 loans (affordable rental housing in rural communities).


Out of Reach National Low Income Housing Coalition An annual report on the Housing Wage (the wage one must earn in order to afford a modest rental home in communities across the country), which captures the gap between wages and rents across the country and estimates the full-time hourly wage that a household must earn to afford a decent apartment at the HUD estimated Fair Market Rent (FMR), while spending no more than 30% of income on housing costs. Provides a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area (Metropolitan Statistical Areas/HUD Metro FMR Areas), combined nonmetropolitan area and State in the U.S.
Preserving Assisted Rental Housing: The National Data Infrastructure Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, Florida Housing Finance Corporation Website examines who is collecting data related to the preservation of affordable housing in each State, including information regarding the types of properties and other variables for which data are collected.



Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) World Health Organization Online tool designed to conduct an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling by estimating the value of reduced mortality that results from specified amounts of walking or bicycling.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute Annual Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America to provide a snapshot of how health is influenced by where people live, learn, work and play and to serve as a starting point for change in communities. Roadmaps provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to bring people together from all walks of life to look at the many factors that influence health, focus on strategies that work, learn from each other, and make changes that will have a lasting impact on health.
Active Neighborhood Checklist St. Louis University School of Public Health Observational tool designed to assess key street-level features of the neighborhood environment that are thought to be related to physical activity behavior, particularly walking and bicycling.



Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modelling Tool (ITHIM) Centre for Diet and Activity Research Integrated tool for assessing health impacts of transportation through changes in physical activity, road traffic injury risk, and urban air pollution. (ITHIM 1 is an Excel spreadsheet; ITHIM 2 uses Analytical software that must be purchased.)


Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide AARP Public Policy Institute A tool used to help residents determine how they can make their communities more livable for older adults. Consists of a series of community self-assessment surveys identifying factors potentially affecting older adults’ independence and quality of life.


Funding the Public Transportation Needs of an Aging Population - Excel Analysis Tool American Public Transportation Association Spreadsheet permits the user to produce projections of trips and national funding requirements for ADA paratransit, dial-a-ride services, subsidized taxi service, volunteer driver programs, and community bus service. It can also be used to create projections for any area such as a metropolitan area or a State. Produced in conjunction with the report, "Funding the Public Transportation Needs of An Aging Population."




Aging in Place, Stuck Without Options Transportation for America Report focusing on the mobility challenges facing older Americans as they age, including housing and transportation affordability.


Economic Data Impresa, Inc., Andrew Reamer & Associates Website compiles data sets from a variety of different areas, including employment, income, quality of life, and demographics, indexed by subject and provider.
Innovation and Economic Development tools Purdue Center for Regional Development, Indiana Business Research Center (with U.S. Department of Commerce funding) Includes several tools to assist the development of regional and local economic development strategies. Innovation Index tool helps the user understand a region's innovation performance and potential based on factors like human capital, economic dynamics, employment, productivity, economic well-being and state context. Cluster Analysis tool allows for analysis of 15 knowledge-based occupation clusters and 17 industry clusters.