illustration by Paul Hoffman

Working to preserve natural areas and a healthy environment is a key concern for most planning commissions.

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Constructing Rain Gardens

Constructing Rain Gardens

These two videos focus on the construction of rain gardens. They contain some good, basic information that should help citizen planners better understand what’s involved with constructing a rain garden.

part of huge green roof at Ford Motor's River Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan

When Rouge Turned Green

Instead of closing down its River Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford Motor Company has reinvested it — with an emphasis on energy-saving technologies, including an enormous green roof.

Jim Brozena in Wilkes-Barre

Punching Through the Walls

How Luzerne County and the City of Wilkes-Barre are integrating the riverfront with downtown, through the creation of a new riverfront park, with giant flood control portals cutting the embankment.

E is for Ecology

E is for Ecology

It is logical that ecology should be integral to planning. The natural environment is the community’s birthplace. Terrain, soils and tree cover, underground water, surface streams, vegetation, and wildlife all form an interdependent unity of impact and adaptation.

Planning ABC's illustration

S is for Sustainable Development

The benefits of sustainability have re-echoed during our nation’s history. Oftentimes, however, sustainability has been overshadowed by countervailing forces, including large-scale manufacturing and mass production of goods, and a heavy dependence on non-renewable resources.

graphic illustration of flames from a fire

The Risk of Wildfire

Wildfires can be catastrophic for property owners — and communities. But this risk can be lessened with effective local planning and development policies.