Learning, Analysis & Ideas
One way we help funders set priorities, find solutions, and collaborate is through our extensive online learning library.
In order to help make connections between growth and development issues and other funder and community concerns, highlight best practices and strategies in action, and examine local, state, and federal policy, the Network commissions and publishes resources that define and describe smarter growth policies and help funders learn from innovative practices. This research has taken a variety of forms, available for download:
- Translation papers (connecting environmental, economic, and social issues with smart growth strategies)
- Special reports (examining policy opportunities and philanthropic practice)
- Examples from the field (showcasing implementation efforts)
This paper, written by Ruth Goldman, addresses the impact of poor development decisions and storm water run-off on the nation’s water supplies and water quality and offers suggestions for more sustainable water management approaches.
Cities coping with vacant land, food insecurity, and poor food access are increasingly turning to urban agriculture to overcome these and other problems. Authored by Kimberley Hodgson, this paper guides funders from urban agriculture's beginnings to entry points for funding.