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, our community planning program, helps neighborhoods and local governments plan for future growth. Blueprints is currently working on a three fall studios with Georgia Tech: Mission Zero, Chattahoochee NOW and School Siting Research. Learn More>>


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


School Siting: 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. The Georgia Conservancy's school siting workshops bring together diverse stakeholders to learn more about the EPA's guidelines for school siting. Learn more>>


Bantam Towns in the Deep South: Bantam Towns is an ongoing research project, sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy, that looks at the hundreds of tiny, rural towns scattered across the Deep South for answers on how they might they be transformed to have a new life and a new economic purpose. Learn more>>


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