Smart Growth America

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Smart Growth America is a US non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2000. It is a coalition of advocacy organizations that have a stake in how metropolitan expansion affects the environment, quality of life and economic sustainability. It is responsible for marketing smart growth ideas to urban planners and other important stakeholders throughout the U.S.[3]

Smart Growth America
Type501(c)(3) organization
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.[1]
President and CEO
Calvin Gladney[2]


Smart Growth America was established in 2000.[4] In 2002, it included over 70 groups, such as American Farmland Trust, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the League of Women Voters for Smart Growth, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and the Enterprise Foundation.[1] In 2003, Parris Glendening became the president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute.[5]

In 2008, Smart Growth America together with Reconnecting America and the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership started a Transportation for America campaign aiming reform the federal transportation law.[6] Another important project launched in 2008 was LOCUS, a national network of real estate developers.[7]


Partners include national, state and local groups, working on behalf of the environment, historic preservation, social equity, land conservation, neighborhood redevelopment, farmland protection, and labor. Member groups include the statewide "1000 Friends" organizations such as 1000 Friends of Oregon, Washington's, GrowSmartMaine, New Jersey Future, Idaho Smart Growth, and the San Francisco Bay Area's Greenbelt Alliance.


  1. ^ a b "Smart Growth and Economic Development: Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works" (PDF). March 6, 2002. p. 19. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Boone, Timothy (November 14, 2018). "Want Louisiana to grow? Smart Growth America CEO says it starts with improving transit systems". The Advocate (Louisiana). Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Gray, Regina C. (2007). "Ten Years of Smart Growth: A Nod to Policies Past and a Prospective Glimpse Into the Future". Cityscape. 9 (1): 121. JSTOR 20868608.
  4. ^ Jaffe, Harry (November 1, 2013). "Change Agent: DC's City Planner Harriet Tregoning". Washingtonian. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Stephenson, Mitchelle (June 2016). "5 Questions About Smart Growth". AARP. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Buffa, Andrea (January 8, 2010). "Transportation bill could produce environmental and job benefits in 2010". Grist. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "As House unveils new tax plan, LOCUS launches Rebuild America's Neighborhoods campaign". Smart Growth America. November 3, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2019.

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