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Building for Sustainability (Chicago Community Loan Fund)

The Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) works with community development corporations to provide flexible financing and free or low-cost technical assistance. At the core of CCLF is green design to guide and facilitate affordable housing, economic development, and social services in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Since 1991, CCLF has provided more than $36 million in financing that has enabled the creation of more than 5,200 homes, 1,000 jobs, and over 1.7 million square feet of commercial and nonprofit utility space.

American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainability Toolkit

The American Society of Landscape Architects' Sustainability Toolkit provides policy makers and design professionals with online toolkits, assessment tools, checklists, modeling software, and case studies to help them create sustainable projects at the regional, urban, and local levels. Designed to complement an earlier series of thematic resources guides, the toolkit will include environmental, economic and social models.

Alternative Energy Press

This website provides a clearinghouse of news and information about renewable energy technologies from the alternative energy industry. On this site, you will find articles, press releases, discussion forums, and links to other media from sources like Flickr, StumbleUpon, and YouTube.

Owners at Work

Published on a quarterly basis by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Owners at Work is a leading periodical examining issues facing employee ownership both in Ohio and throughout the United States.

National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), Electronic Reference Desk

In the articles and research section of its website, NCEO maintains a wide range of resource materials on employee ownership, employee stock ownership plans, and broadly-granted stock options.

Center for Economic and Social Justice

The Center for Economic and Social Justice is a non-profit, non-partisan education and research organization dedicated to promoting economic justice on a global scale by expanding capital ownership to a broader segment of society.

Capital Ownership Group

The Capitol Ownership Group (COG) is an on-line think-tank that works to promote the advancement of broad-ownership systems, specifically employee ownership, and the raising of social and wage standards on an international level through policy proposals and advocacy.

CasePlace.org

Created by the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education, CasePlace.org is a resource that provides teaching material on business and sustainability- from corporate governance to sustainable development. With the recent addition of the Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership, the site is home to the largest collection of teaching materials on employee ownership.

Beyster Institute

The Beyster Institute's mission is to advance the use of entrepreneurship and employee ownership to build stronger, higher performing enterprises nationally and internationally. Launched in 2002 by the Foundation for Enterprise Development, the Institute is now part of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, and is the nation's only university-based center to integrate both employee ownership and entrepreneurship.

Vital Communities Toolbox

Maintained by the Planning Department of Tompkins County (Ithaca and environs) in upstate New York, this website contains an "A-Z" listing of different community wealth-building tools, ranging from business incubators to community land trusts to transit-oriented development, to name just a few of the topics.

Yellow Wood Associates

Yellow Wood Associates is a women-owned, small business, consulting firm focused on rural community economic development. Working with federal, state, and local governments, non-profit organizations, community groups and foundations, Yellow Wood strives to allow communities and their economies to reach material sufficiency, not maximization, and to promote responsible stewardship of shared natural resources. Yellow Wood provides capacity building, a green community technology service, feasibility studies and economic and fiscal impact analyses for clients.

Sustainable Communities Resource Center, HUD

The Sustainable Communities Resource Center compiles research, reports, and new ideas that support local and regional strategies for sustainable housing and planning.  In partnership with federal agencies and local communities, the mission of this office is to promote sustainable communities by fostering local innovation, job creation, and building a clean energy economy. Their Sustainable Communities Initiative facilitates a comprehensive regional plan to direct state, metropolitan, and local investments into land, transportation, and housing development.

Stablecommunities.org

Providing community-based solutions to the foreclosure crisis, Stablecommunities.org is a new resource site for community development practitioners. Sponsored by NeighborWorks, the site features sections on how to address the increase in vacant property, on gathering support from various programs and partnerships, and on advocating for policy changes on the state, local and national level.

Restoring Prosperity Initiative: The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution's Restoring Prosperity Initiative is a research project that looks at ways to restore prosperity in America's struggling cities, particularly those in the Northeast and Midwest, by directing states and cities to adopt policies that will support urban community wealth building. This initiative focuses on strategies in six states (Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut), as well as in some large cities in the Northeast and Midwest outside those states, such as Baltimore.

Pratt Center for Community Development (PCCD)

PCCD helps advance public policy that supports sustainable, equitable, community-led development. PCCD's research and advocacy efforts have included the promotion of inclusionary zoning, support for mutual housing associations, publishing oral histories of community development corporations, and participation in the successful effort to establish an affordable housing trust fund in New York State.

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Founded in 1990, the Poverty & Race Research Action Council aims to generate, gather and disseminate research on the relationship between race and poverty, and to promote policies and practices that alleviate conditions caused by the interaction of race and poverty.

Our Native Circle

Our Native Circle serves as an online community and resource where Native and non-Native community economic development practitioners can come together in force to share, inform, learn and connect. Site members include Native CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions), tribes, Native organizations, individuals, foundations, social entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, trainers and others working in and supporting Native community development.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance takes a comprehensive approach to community building. Its “Rules Library” provides a wealth of practical examples of local legislation that has supported local community wealth-building efforts and can be used as templates for similar efforts in other communities. The ILSR web site also contains many publications on efforts to develop environmentally sustainable businesses as part of a community wealth-building strategy.

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Founded in October 2009, the Institute for New Economic Thinking is a nonprofit that seeks to promote changes to our current economic system and support new paradigms in the understanding of economic processes through conferences, grants and education initiatives.  George Soros has pledged $50 million over ten years to fund this Institute; the majority of the funds will finance grants.

Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

A project of LISC Chicago, the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development works to build the capacity of community development practitioners by providing technical assistance to community development initiatives across the nation, highlighting and developing best practices and supporting public policy that effectively links government programs to community development.  The Institute focuses on a holistic approach that looks beyond single issue, project-based strategies and instead incorporates a broad vision of how local agencies, organizations and institutions can partner to improve a community's quality of life.