Sustainability in Your Community: Main Street Center Member Resources

The National Trust Main Street Center has adopted sustainable development as a key issue in 2010. The Center takes a holistic approach to sustainability, encompassing not just green building but economic and social sustainability as well. The Center provides a variety of resources to help you make sustainability a reality in your community:

Free Publications

Members of Main Street Center can access back issues of Main Street Now and Main Street News. Each of these publications features articles about how to approach sustainability and development from a Main Street perspective. Director Doug Loescher’s column focuses on the often-ignored economic and social aspects of development and provides simple, straightforward tips to improve sustainability.

Success Stories

See how other Main Street communities throughout the United States have made sustainability work for them. The March/April 2010 issue of Main Street Now features two green-building success stories from Main Street communities in Iowa—and describes how green-building initiatives helped create a sense of partnership among the businesses and the Main Street organization.

Preservation Green Lab

Working with the National Trust Main Street Center, the Preservation Green Lab, based in Seattle, is driving green-building research in key locations throughout the United States. Read up on their projects, their research, and how you can implement their strategies to create jobs in your community.