Built and Synthetic Environment


Smart Growth Tool Kit

Smart Growth Tool Kit

The Smart Growth Tool Kit is meant to provide state and territorial health officials with an easily accessible guide for information on different smart growth principles as well as real life examples of what different communities around the country are doing. For each unique category below there is a brief description of its importance to public health. Case studies and other resources are also provided for states and localities to better understand the concept of smart growth and develop model practices for their own communities.

For a snapshot of Smart Growth in action, check out this case study of Stapleton, CO.

Smart Growth Components

Access to Health Care

Air Quality

Climate Change

Environmental and Housing Quality

Food Accessibility

Land Use

Mental Health

Noise Pollution

Physical Activity

Public Spaces


Social Capital


Water Quality  

If there is a smart growth project in your state or community that you would like to see added to this website, please contact ASTHO.