Smart Growth and Smart Energy policies at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) recognize the interconnection between land use, energy, and transportation policies.
The Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit provides local officials and other stakeholders the tools to change local zoning in ways that encourage the siting of renewable energy facilities, conserve land, and enhance stewardship of natural resources. Toolkit modules include narratives, model bylaws, case studies, slideshows and resource links on mill revitalization, smart energy, wind power, environmental equity, smart parking, wastewater alternatives, form-based codes, and fifteen other techniques.
Low Impact Development is an approach to environmentally friendly land use planning that include landscaping and design techniques that attempt to maintain the natural, pre-developed ability of a site to manage rainfall and recharge groundwater.
Coastal Smart Growth Program is in place to catalogue, develop, and distribute planning, technical, regulatory, and outreach tools for real-world growth management that protects coastal resources. It also ensures that other CZM programs promote and support Coastal Smart Growth and the Commonwealth's Sustainable Development Principles.
Links and more information about the Massachusetts CPA, an innovative tool for communities to address important community needs and finance specific acquisitions and initiatives.
MassDEP provides information and resources about Environmental Management Systems, Smart Growth, and Energy Conservation. Municipal facilities and operations can have a significant impact on the community's environment and the health of its residents and employees.