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More Sustainability Appraisal Tools and Future Prospects

Learn about the Envision infrastructure rating system, other notable tool options for evaluating community and neighborhood sustainability, and trends and prospects affecting future appraisal tools.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (69 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. Envision (13 mins)
  • 3. Interview: Denise Nelson (9 mins)
  • 4. Other Notable Tools (15 mins)
  • 5. Tool Selection Steps (6 mins)
  • 6. Interview: Scott Edmundson (12 mins)
  • 7. Trends and Future Prospects (6 mins)
  • 8. Key Takeaways (3 mins)

Course Description

This course is the fourth in a four-part series on urban sustainability appraisal tools and how they serve as collaboration platforms and sustainability accelerators for communities. Assessment and rating tools to be covered in this course include the Envision infrastructure rating system; other notable U.S. tools, including WELL District, SEED, H+T Affordability Index, Walk Score, INVEST, Greenroads, Community Wildlife Habitat, Cooperative Sanctuary, PEER, and the Local Energy Efficiency Scorecard; notable local tools in Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, and Minnesota; notable tools available outside of North America; and notable private sector tools. The course also presents a six-step tool selection procedure and a review of general trends and future prospects for sustainability appraisal tools. At the conclusion of this course, you will be familiar with the Envision infrastructure rating system and aware of other notable tool options for evaluating community and neighborhood sustainability as well as trends and prospects affecting future appraisal tools.

Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • LEED
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Technology


This course is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credits


This course is approved for 1.25 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Eliot Allen

Eliot Allen

Eliot Allen, certified, LEED AP-ND, is an urban planner and Principal with Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon. Eliot has supervised certification reviews for over 200 neighborhoods worldwide.

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