ISC - The Institute for Sustainable Communities

  1. ISC launched the Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities Network in 2009, in response to the many issues communities were facing as a result of the devastating 2005 hurricanes.

    Reaching from Alabama into Texas, the network is forging stronger connections among organizations and local leaders in more than a dozen of the region’s most vulnerable communities. It connects coastal communities to one another, helping them take practical steps to make housing more affordable, create economic opportunities, foster a healthier environment and mitigate the impacts of climate change—to make informed choices about their future.

    Through an integrated program of community exchanges, training workshops, technical assistance, and support for emerging leaders, the network provides an avenue for civic leaders from across the Gulf Coast to share information and ideas, learn from and support each other’s activities, and take small programs and local innovations to scale.

    Visit to learn more.

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  2. At the Sustainable Communities Boot Camp, HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims discussed how regions can come together to break new ground, creating prosperous regional economies that are both sustainable and equitable.

    The Sustainable Communities Boot Camp served teams of practitioners—including those with senior responsibility in planning, transportation and economic development as well as real estate developers and social equity partners—from 13 regions that won grants under HUD’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program.

    The Boot Camp was organized by the Institute for Sustainable Communities with support from Living Cities. Visit to learn more.

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  3. Decision Commons is a virtual, interactive platform that allows people to see regional planning at work. It presents different models of land use, transportation, and development visually, along with their associated costs and regional impacts.

    Decision Commons is an initiative of the Quality Growth Alliance, University of Washington, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

    This video was presented as part of ISC's Sustainable Communities Boot Camp in January 2011. Visit to learn more.

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  4. The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is working in the U.S. and China—the world's two largest climate polluters—to develop innovative solutions for low-carbon cities. ISC's Climate Leadership Academies utilize expert training and a unique peer learning approach to help city practitioners improve energy efficiency in buildings and transportation, accelerate green job creation, and adapt to the effects of climate disruption. Visit to learn more.

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  5. In Serbia, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has begun the Visibly Better campaign, dedicated to bringing attention to the work and initiatives of Serbian civil society organizations (CSOs).

    This TV clip marked the official launch of the campaign, and began airing in Belgrade on November 19, 2010. It represents CSO efforts to clean up the environment, protect victims of domestic violence, and ensure equity for minority groups.

    Visit to learn more about the campaign, or to learn more about ISC.

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ISC - The Institute for Sustainable Communities

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