Clarion Associates is recognized as a leader in sustainable plans and development codes. We have worked with a diverse array of communities and regions across the nation to explore policy and regulatory options and incentives with respect to sustainability and resilience, and to advance local understanding of 21st century issues like climate adaption. Clarion directors and staff have written and presented extensively on sustainability and resiliency best practices and are constantly seeking to advance our approaches to this rapidly evolving field. We work closely with our clients to understand local issues and priorities and to adapt best practices to meet their objectives.
We prioritize sustainability not only in our work but also within our daily operational practices. Our Sustainability Policy and Strategic Plan set the targets for our annual sustainability audits, creating intra-office transparency and accountability. We strive to continually reduce our environmental impact with a focus on our buildings’ operations and maintenance practices, waste management, continuing education, travel, carbon offsets, and consistent monitoring and evaluation.
Sustainable community plans strive to integrate environmental, community, and economic goals in a way that allows for future generations to live in a healthy, thriving world and have the same opportunities we have today. In addition to more traditional planning topics, sustainable community plans address challenges with respect to equity, health, and climate adaptation and mitigation, among others. Clarion has worked with communities and regions across the nation to explore these and other issues through the lenses of sustainability and resilience—adapting best practices to local conditions and desired outcomes. We strive to create plans with an emphasis on systems thinking, accountability, and the need for continuous improvement.
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Clarion is a leader in developing best practices for sustainable development and has worked with communities nationwide to incorporate these practices into local land use regulations. Whether the code updates were initiated as a standalone effort—or as a follow up to a comprehensive plan, hazard mitigation plan, sustainability plan, or climate action plan—we work closely with our clients to identify potential barriers and develop tailored incentives and standards to support the implementation of community goals. Our varied work in this area includes, for example: ordinances addressing green infrastructure/low-impact development, mixed-use and infill development, energy efficiency, alternative energy production, and climate adaptation measures.
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