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These groups look at transportation and urban design as a whole. Most focus strongly on preserving the natural environment, and some tend to be utopian.
- Urban Ecology: Publishes an excellent quarterly journal, The Urban Ecologist. This group also publishes the Blueprint for a Sustainable Bay Area, does Community Design work, sharing its expertise with local citizen's groups, and lobbies governments in the San Francisco Bay Area. to implement its vision.
- Ecocity Builders: This group works publishes books and reports and works on practical projects, building pieces of the Ecocity. Run by Richard Register, one of the founders of the Ecocity movement.
- Sustainable Communities Network: Information on sustainable economies, protecting natural resources, living sustainably, creating community, and on land-use and transportation planning to promote what they call "$mart growth" -- growth without suburban sprawl.
- Priorities Institute: Promotes regional planning of new ecocities surrounded by green belts, interconnected by rail, with cars parked on the outskirts. Plans include renewable energy, computers in every residence, and recycling pantries.
- Sightline Institute : Seattle, Washington. Founded by citizens of the northwestern states and researchers from the Worldwatch Institute to foster a sustainable economy and way of life in the Pacific Northwest. Publishes books and studies on reconciling economy and environment, ending environmental degradation, creating safe streets and neighborhoods, stopping suburban sprawl.
- Car-Free Cities: This site contains plans for a city of one million people, where high-density pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods alternate with open space, the most detailed and most interesting urban design we have found on the web. It also offers free subscriptions to Car-Free Times e-mail magazine and information about the book Car-Free Cities by J. Crawford.
- Waitakere, New Zealand, that country's sixth largest city, has declared itself New Zealand's first eco-city. This government site has information about their programs, and also has a listing of Eco-city Links.
- Arcosanti: An experimental town in Arizona built according to the principles of Paolo Solieri. Soleri's idea of " arcology " helped inspire the ecocity movement during the 1960's, but it has more to do with the architectural modernism that was popular at the time than with traditional neighborhood design.