Complete Streets

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What are “Complete Streets”?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. People of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.

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Other Models: Denver, Utah

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Sustainable communities demonstrate long-term, proactive, thoughtful and integrated planning and development. They embrace the values of equity and resilience as assets for the economic and social wellbeing of the entire community. They work to ensure that all members of their communities have access to economic, housing, education, transit, health and other opportunities. Sustainable communities by design have a greater capacity to prosper in changing and uncertain times, as well as withstanding economic, natural and other challenges.

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Envision Utah engages people to create and sustain communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current and future residents.

Partners for Livable Communities

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What is Livability?

Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.

Community Report Card

As part of the City Leaders Institute, Partners developed a Community Report Card to help civic leaders and citizens think about their community’s strengths and weaknesses in Aging in Place. The report card assesses 11 components and grades the community on how well it is doing in each component of agelessness.

  • Community Design and Planning
  • Arts, Culture and Lifelong Learning
  • Housing
  • Workforce Development
  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Local Leadership
  • Health and Wellness
  • Civic Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Sustainability
  • Public Safety and Services
  • Equity of Opportunity

A Global Sustainable Development Agenda

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On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.

Do you want to get involved? You can start by telling everyone about them. We’ve also put together a list of actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future.

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Strong Towns: seeking an America where our local communities are designed to grow stronger in the face of adversity, to be the solid foundation on which our shared prosperity is preserved

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The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

A Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom/up action (chaotic but smart) and not top/down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).

A Model Worth Our Attention

Sustainable Tucson

The Mission of Sustainable Tucson is to create a community-wide network of people and organizations facilitating and accelerating Tucson’s transition to sustainability through education and collaborative action.

From their beginning, Sustainable Tucson has represented:

» An emerging network of networks — to facilitate and accelerate Tucson’s transition to sustainability through community-wide education and action.

» A community resource that connects everyone to Tucson’s sustainable assets, resources and best practices.

» An all-volunteer initiative relying on the efforts of many people.

» Tucson residents! People network at our general meetings, and meet with other members who share similar interests and group-initiated projects.

Sustainable Tucson is an official U.S. Transition Initiative

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to learn more about the world-wide movement, happening town by town, of citizens taking action to steer their communities toward sustainability.