Archive: Community Groups

Green Infrastructure Designs: Best Management Practices for Replicability

The original version of this guide was released by Delta Institute in July 2015, with consistent updates since then. This most recent version from September 2021 provides municipalities, community groups, and residents with in-depth ways to identify opportunities for green infrastructure implementation; illustrates which practices are most suitable for a specific site or purpose; and, how to make informed decisions based on reasonable cost estimates.

Land Acquisition Strategy: Michigan City

This Land Acquisition Strategy was created to facilitate Michigan City in acquiring land for the sustainable management of stormwater through nature-based solutions and the protection of high-value natural areas by documenting institutional knowledge on land acquisition deals for conservation purposes and creating an easy-to-implement acquisition process.

Toolkit for Using StoryWood

Created for architects, designers, and developers, this toolkit offers a lexicon with a clear delineation of the universe of wood available for use in their design plans. Different types of wood have different stories to tell, some richer than others, and there are benefits and challenges associated with each type. This toolkit will help designers identify, evaluate, and share the most interesting parts of a certain type of wood’s back story, and, more specifically, it will help to align material choices to achieve certifications, such as LEED or Living Building Challenge. In short, this toolkit provides designers with the information and tools needed to navigate the universe of wood products and find the unique and sustainable material that will meaningfully resonate with their vision for a finished design.

Brownfields Marketability Scoring Tool

This tool is designed to assist communities in prioritizing brownfield sites for redevelopment. This scoring tool takes into account the following site and community characteristics: ownership, site use, land characteristics, community characteristics, community capacity, redevelopment incentives, infrastructure amenities, environmental conditions, and building characteristics.

Chicago Neighborhood Inclusive Redevelopment Strategy

Chicago has become a tale of two cities. In most of the City’s neighborhoods, income has declined, middle-class residents and immigrants are leaving, and employment opportunities are scarce. Yet the housing burden and the cost of living continue to rise. In this paper, Delta proposes to work with low- and moderate-income communities to create the Chicago Neighborhood Land Bank and Trust (CNLB&T). CNLB&T can create the capacity for member communities to manage their own redevelopment to achieve equity by building agency, assets, and opportunities for their residents.

Brownfield Mapping and Reuse Analysis in Little Village, Chicago

This paper describes the process Delta Institute’s project team used to obtain and directly integrate a community’s goals and needs into an engineering-based, brownfields prioritization rubric. We scored brownfield sites to produce refined, site marketability scores and summaries that were then used to inform a more time intensive, flexible, and individualized community and stakeholder engagement process. We incorporated significant community input on desired reuse of the sites to ensure that potential redevelopment was inclusive, respectful, and culturally appropriate.

Shenango Reimagined

Delta Institute has worked with numerous communities who are faced with a closed or closing coal power plant. These sites have unique needs for redevelopment, ranging from environmental remediation to replacement of lost tax revenue and jobs. Delta facilitated a coalition of community groups located outside Pittsburgh, PA to create Guiding Principles for sustainable redevelopment of the closed Shenango Coke Plant property located on Neville Island, located on the Ohio River. Intended for use by future developers of the 50-acre site, these Guiding Principles were created by the Shenango Reimagined Advisory Council, composed of citizens, environmental groups, economic development agencies, and municipalities. The revisioning process also identified 20 site reuse ideas that are in alignment with Guiding Principles and market forces. These efforts were facilitated by Delta staff.

Resilient Communities Stakeholder Assessment

Stakeholder matrix that helps anyone creating a community-based project identify possible redevelopment and project stakeholders. Useful for planners, municipal leaders, community groups, nonprofit organizations, or economic development professionals.

Resilient Communities Stakeholder Identification

Overview describing approach and usage of the stakeholder matrix that helps anyone creating a community-based project identify possible redevelopment and project stakeholders. Useful for planners, municipal leaders, community groups, nonprofit organizations, or economic development professionals.

Economic Benefit Targeting For Development Overview

Overview of how this tool may be used by practitioners seeking to target the impacts of programs, policies, development and other investments to specific needs. This tool can be used to verify the extent to which a project, initiative or redevelopment can be used to secure a specific type of benefit.

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