2012 National Planning Excellence Award: Best Practice
Cool Planning: A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change
Oregon like most states in America, struggles to balance development and sustainability. Cool Planning: A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change gives step-by-step guidelines to help communities reduce their carbon footprint through community development, land use, and transportation planning. Cool Planning was created by the State of Oregon's Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM) and consulting firm Otak.
Cool Planning offers how-to strategies, examples and case studies, and public health benefits that states and towns nationwide can implement. It presents a complex subject in an easy-to-follow format, written for local officials, planning commissioners, planners, community organizations, and developers.
The handbook puts smart growth and progressive transportation planning principles into the climate change context and explains their relevance and effectiveness. The handbook provides guidance on planning strategies that can become elements of a climate action plan or a community's comprehensive plan, and tools for measuring a plan's effectiveness.