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Sustainable Code Integration

Learn strategies for integrating sustainable codes, guidelines and best management practices into your existing ordinances.

Get an overview of sustainable development terms related to urban design, planning, infrastructure and landscape architecture. Review municipal initiatives, LEED project types and state programs to illustrate different levels of involvement. Ongoing programs will include available grants and alternative funding sources.

Study ordinances, code text and guidelines. Sample ordinances will be reviewed to show how your community can integrate sustainable practices into either existing ordinances and standards, or development of a new standard.


Examples will be presented with varying degrees of detail to fit into your community - whether you have no past integration of sustainable practices or you are moving towards mandatory codes and increased levels or participation.

Topics within ordinances and codes will include:
• Solar and wind orientation
• Subdivision design guidelines and bonus structures for increased density
• Site design strategies
• Materials selection

Lessons learned will be presented, including:
• Frequent obstacles raised by residents
• Frequently asked questions and obstacles raised by developers
• Cost implications for public and private sectors
• Which strategies have short-term benefits for the community
• Which strategies expect long-term benefits for the community

MMSD's "Benefits of Green Infrastructure" will be reviewed and explained, including sustainable property and building strategies, along with the capital cost and cost savings opportunities.

An exercise will be included to allow participants to review selected case studies, discuss obstacles within their communities, as well as discuss positive measures already implemented in their communities.

A resource list of codes, websites, books and grants will be provided.

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Dates and locations to be announced.
Fee: $295
CEUs: 0.7
Email us with your interest, contact:
Murali Vedula,, 414-227-3121