Resources

Blueprint America
Blueprint America is a precedent-setting multi-platform initiative — developed and produced by Thirteen/WNET, and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation — that will harness the power of public broadcasting’s most prestigious programs, primetime documentaries, community and educational outreach, and the web to shine an unyielding spotlight on one of the most critical issues facing our country, yet one that has been under-reported by the traditional news media: America’s decaying and neglected infrastructure.

LIVABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Asheville GO
The Asheville Green Opportunities Training Team (Asheville GO) is a paid job training and placement program designed to prepare unemployed, out-of-school young adults in and around Asheville for living wage jobs in the rapidly expanding green economy.

Advanced Energy
Since 1980, Advanced Energy has been developing innovative programs, conducting cutting-edge research and analyzing real-world effectiveness for energy issues in order to deliver tangible results with practical, sustainable solutions for our customers, partners, members and the energy-using public. Located in Raleigh, Advanced Energy is a North Carolina and global resource that focuses on energy efficiency for commercial and industrial markets, electric motors and drives, plug-in transportation and applied building science.

Apollo Alliance
The Apollo Alliance is a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs.

Blue Green Alliance
The Blue Green Alliance is a national, strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.

Green For All
Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Ella Baker Center
The Ella Baker Center Initiative's Green-Collar Jobs Campaign is helping build California's movement for a green-collar economy that truly provides opportunity for all. We advocate for the creation of "green-collar" jobs (quality, career-track, skilled, hands-on jobs in industries like renewable energy, water and energy efficiency, green building, habitat restoration, sustainable agriculture, and more), especially for low-income communities and communities of color.

Energy Xchange
Energy Xchange seeks to apply the use of renewable resources and practices for educational opportunities and economic development in the fields of art and horticulture.

Grist
Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999.   Each day, they use their Clarity-o-Meter to draw out the real meaning behind green stories, and to connect big issues like climate change to daily life.

Global Green USA
Founded in 1994 by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon, Global Green is the American Arm of Green Cross International (GCI), which was created by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future by reconnecting humanity with the environment.

Green Enterprise Communities
Green Communities provides funds and expertise to enable developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient and better for the environment -- without compromising affordability. Green Communities also assists state and local governments to ensure their housing and economic development policies are smart and sustainable.

Green Plus
Green Plus™ was designed for businesses and non-profits in any industry, especially those organizations with 500 or fewer employees.

GreenBiz.Com
GreenBiz.com supplies some of the best resources available to business professionals, and shares insights from industry leaders at companies large and small.

Sustainable South Bronx
Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) is a community organization dedicated to Environmental Justice solutions through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs. In 2001, SSBx was created to address policy and planning issues like land use, energy, transportation, water, waste, education, and, most recently, design and manufacturing.

Natural Capital Investment Fund
NCIF provides patient capital to small and emerging natural resource-based businesses. Our investments support business expansion, create employment opportunities, advance sustainable economic development and develop the rural tax base.

Natural Resources Conservation Service
 NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.

NC Association of Community Development Corporations
NCACDC envisions healthy, prosperous, unified communities thriving with love and care within a vibrant, equitable and just State economy. Their mission is to strengthen the North Carolina economy and create a better tomorrow for all North Carolinian's by enhancing community development corporations (CDCs) in their role of creating prosperous communities for the long term.

NC Sustainable Energy Association
Founded in 1978, The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, government and non-profits interested in sustainable energy.  Located in Raleigh, but active throughout the state, NCSEA works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.

Resourceful Communities Program
Established in 1991, The Conservation Fund's Resourceful Communities Program blends innovative techniques to help North Carolina's underserved communities create new economies that protect and restore, rather than extract, natural resources.

Sustainable Cities Institute
Built by The Home Depot Foundation, SCI is working with cities across the country as a resource to assist in the planning and implementation of local sustainable strategies through the use of its vetted best practices, communication tools and an innovative City Program.

Sustainable WNC
SustainableWNC.org is sponsored by the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) to serve as a web portal for businesses, nonprofits, citizens and local governments working to promote the principles and practices of sustainability in western North Carolina.

NORTH CAROLINA'S FUTURE

Action Greensboro
Action Greensboro is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 in response to the changing economy in Greensboro and the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Along with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, Action Greensboro is a member of the Greensboro Partnership.

ASCE Report Card for North Carolina
The North Carolina Infrastructure Report Card was modeled after the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure originally released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1998.

Connections 2025
The City of Greensboro's first official Comprehensive Plan, known as Connections 2025, was adopted by City Council on May 6, 2003. Connections 2025 offers a guide to Greensboro's future growth and development.

Downtown Greenway
The Downtown Greenway, a planned 4.8-mile loop around downtown Greensboro, will provide a place for residents and visitors to exercise, see local neighborhoods and view public art. It will also become a place for planned and spontaneous meetings with others from the community - a tangible, visible example of community.

Fastest Growing NC Cities
City Mayors ranks the world’s largest and richest cities and urban areas. It also ranks the cities in individual countries, and provides a list of the capital cities of some 200 sovereign countries.

Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base BRAC RTF
The BRAC RTF is a partnership of governments working with the 11 counties and 73 municipalities surrounding Fort Bragg and Pope AFB. Our mission is to coordinate the planning and identify community impacts as U.S. Forces Command and U. S. Army Reserve Command move to Fort Bragg by 2011.

Impacts of Growth and Sprawl in North Carolina
The purpose of this project is to illustrate, on a county-by-county basis, the impact of North Carolina's rapid growth pattern on our quality of life and to establish a benchmarking system to begin measuring the state's progress (or lack thereof) in reducing sprawl. The project will help citizens and decision makers in North Carolina examine the outcome of their actions as our town and cities continue to grow.

Institute for Emerging Issues
The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is a public policy, think-and-do tank that convenes leaders from business, non profit organizations, government and higher education to tackle some of the biggest issues facing North Carolina's future growth and prosperity.

Military Growth Task Force of North Carolina’s Eastern Region
Community and social needs for serving the arriving military and their families are evaluated by this working group committee. It is determined to what extent the military facilities can meet those needs and what services will need to be provided by communities in the study area. Issues and services to be studied will include but not be limited to: libraries, cultural resources and facilities for arts and entertainment, parks and recreation facilities, open space, and water access.

National School Construction Infrastructure Report Card
Spending on the nation’s schools grew from $17 billion in 1998 to a peak of $29 billion in 2004. However, by 2007 spending fell to $20.28 billion. No comprehensive, authoritative nationwide data on the condition of America’s school buildings has been collected in a decade. The National Education Association’s best estimate to bring the nation’s schools into good repair is $322 billion.

NC Justice Center’s Report
"At the Crossroads:Recommendations for the Future of Transportation in North Carolina"
Report concludes, "It is time to stop business-asusual when it comes to transportation funding. The three major foci of transportation policy – revenues, expenditure priorities and the Department of Transportation – are all in need of serious overhaul."

Piedmont Triad Partnership - Logistics
The Piedmont Triad's strategic location, extensive transportation infrastructure and supply-chain support capabilities combine to make the 12-county region a preferred location for logistics and distribution operations. In addition to the ideal East Coast location at the intersection of several major interstates within the region, other logistics and transportation resources significantly facilitate operations in this field.

Smart Communities
This network provides information to those interested in promoting sustainable development is a strategy by which communities seek economic development approaches that also benefit the local environment and quality of life.