Sustainable Growth

The Georgia Conservancy's mission is to protect Georgia's natural resources. But in today's world, that means more than just protecting critical lands and habitats from development. It also requires that built spaces - our cities, towns and neighborhoods - grow and develop in a more sustainable fashion.

The bottom line: Better planning helps the environment, enabling communities to grow while using fewer resources and disturbing less open space.

The Georgia Conservancy's Sustainable Growth program works to foster smart, sustainable development across the state through the following initiatives:


Blueprints for Successful Communities

Blueprints for Successful Communities, our community planning program, helps neighborhoods and local governments plan for future growth. Blueprints is currently working on two studios: Atlanta’s NPU-G and Hogansville.

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Good Urbanism

Our Good Urbanism seminars teach planning professionals, government officials and neighborhood residents about the importance of sustainable growth. We have hosted Good Urbanism in Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Atlanta, Woodstock Savannah and Dallas.

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School Location Choice

The construction of new schools, as well as decisions regarding the closing of existing schools, influences the health, economic well-being, and the quality of life for the entire community. Our school siting workshops bring together diverse stakeholders to learn more about the EPA's guidelines for school siting.

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Small Town Sustainability

Our Small Town Sustainability & Rural Resiliency Initiative is an ongoing research and outreach effort that looks at the dozens of tiny, rural towns scattered across Georgia for answers on how they might they be transformed to have a new life and a new economic purpose.

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Milton Greenspace Initiative

During Fall 2017, the Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth Program began work with leadership in the City of Milton to prioritize properties that could add additional acres to the city's conservation land and greenspace.

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Learn more about the Georgia Conservancy's Land Use Policy

For more information on our Sustainable Growth Program, please contact Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Sustainable Growth Katherine Moore at or Georgia Conservancy Urban Designer Johanna McCrehan at