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This toolkit has been developed to assist communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of community engagement activities and has been developed with the assistance and permission of the Coastal Co-Operative research centre. Chapters include subjects that range from how to find the right tool to the Delphi study to stakeholder analysis. Their are various appendices and websites listed .

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Build a simple solar powered outdoor light

I will describe how you can build a simple solar powered light. This is not one of those inexpensive solar walk lights sold in garden supply stores. This is a commercial quality light that can easily illuminate a parking area, remote outbuilding, dark driveway, or large road sign.

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Cape Cod Growth Management Audit

The intent of the audit was to continue discussions on growth and development patterns - discussions that had already begun through a series of workshops in early 2004. The Growth Management Audit is modeled on the Vision 2020 audit form (see above) and tailored to meet the needs of the local communities on Cape Cod. The audit process allowed communities to understand what policies were impacting their development projects, a way to gather and organize information on what policies were not working, and it afforded each town a way to examine a range of policies may work in their own communities.

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Colorado Smart Growth Scorecard 

The Colorado Smart Growth Scorecard is divided into 10 categories with multiple-choice questions relating to each of the ten sections. Each category is accompanied by a list of resources that relate to that particular category. As the introduction indicates, there is no concise, all encompassing definition of smart growth in Colorado. This scorecard allows communities to assess their own situations, take the information and opt to make changes based on the answers generated from these questions. Users of this card are encouraged to work with sections most relevant to a community's needs

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Commonwealth Capital Scorecard (PDF)

Commonwealth Capital (initiated in 2005) is a new system for distributing state funding for capital/infrastructure, based on whether cities and towns in Massachusetts are engaged in smart growth. The key tool is the Commonwealth Capital scorecard.

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Design Principles for Great Places

This is a broad assessment tool that allows citizens and decision makers to rate communities and neighbourhoods from urban to exurban. The tool can also be used to rate proposed developments as well. The developers of this rating system are interested in making sure the built environment is situated well within the context of the natural environment. Ideally, this scorecard should be used in conjunction with the municipal level assessment to provide a comprehensive view of the regulatory conditions that govern future growth and the current built conditions (which were determined by the contemporary regulatory conditions).

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Global Water Tool

WBCSD’s Global Water Tool is a free and easy-to-use tool for companies and organizations to map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains.

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MODSS (Multi-Objective Decision Support Systems)

This toolkit has been developed to assist communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of community engagement activities and has been developed with the assistance and permission of the Coastal Co-Operative research centre. Chapters include subjects that range from how to find the right tool to the Delphi study to stakeholder analysis. Their are various appendices and websites listed .

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Nutrition Environment Assessment Tool (NEAT)

"NEAT was developed to help communities assess their environment to find out how it supports healthy eating."

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Nutrition Environment Assessment Tool (NEAT) - Action Plan

"After completing the NEAT, review the scores and support rating listed on the NEAT scorecard. This will help identify nutrition environmental changes you may want to make in your community.

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SGLI Policy Audit

The Policy Audit template and the Code Audit template produced by the Smart Growth Leadership Institute (funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US EPA) allow communities to assess their own development policies and codes. The Policy Audit tool evaluates a community's policies compared to the a set of generally accepted smart growth "best practices."

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South-eastern Massachusetts Smart Growth Audit 

The Smart Growth Audit is a product of three organizations in the south-eastern part of Massachusetts - the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, the Old Colony Planning Council in Brockton, and the South-eastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District.

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 Smart Growth Scorecard: Municipal Review

New Jersey Future developed this scorecard so that citizens and decision makers could determine whether or not a community is "growing smart." It also helps a community determine if the correct tools are available to help ensure that growth and development are beneficial to all members of the community. The scorecard includes a series of questions in 7 smart growth categories. The scorecard is concise and to the point. Many of the questions are New Jersey specific (they relate to New Jersey codes and regulations). Communities outside of New Jersey would benefit from the basic strategy outlined in the scorecard, but it should be adjusted to reflect the policies of a community's state regulatory landscape.

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 The Vermont Smart Growth Scorecard

This is a simple, easy to use tool that allows communities to assess their own ability to handle projected growth and development. The scorecard is arranged into 8 categories based on locally developed principles that describe smart growth in Vermont. Each category has a series of multiple-choice questions that assign relative values to the chosen answers. Particularly good is the section on including citizens in the process of developing goals and strategies. 

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