Tools are needed to put sustainable design theory into practice. To complement an earlier series of thematic resource guides organized around climate change, sustainable urban developmenttransportation, livable communities, and green infrastructure, this three-part “Sustainability Toolkit” will provide online toolkits, assessment tools, checklists, modeling software, and case studies designed to aid policy makers and design professionals roll out sustainable projects at the regional, urban, and local levels.
The Sustainability Toolkit covers environmental, economic, and social models. Part one offered a range of environmental models. Part two covers economic models. Part three explores the social components of sustainability, including community participation and public health models.
Sustainability Toolkit: Social Models focuses on social sustainability, which involves the development of resilient communities that meet residents’ health and social needs over the long-term. In a socially-sustainable community, residents are empowered, have equal access to green, healthy spaces, can choose among multiple transportation options, and enjoy a high quality of life. At all scales, public participation is crucial for ensuring planners and designers keep existing communities in mind and create social value for all citizens.
The toolkit is arranged from macro- to micro-scales, beginning with sustainable regional planning, and moving to sustainable cities & communities planning, sustainable neighborhood planning, and, then finally, site-specific tools related to sustainable landscapes and green buildings.
Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models is meant to be a living guide and will only improve with your assistance. Please send any recommendations to:

Image credit: OLIN / 2010 ASLA Landmark Award. Bryant Park, New York City