The Living Community Challenge is a framework for master planning, design, and construction. It is a tool to create a symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.
The program is a call to action to governments, campuses, planners, developers and neighborhood groups to create communities that are as connected and beautiful as a forest.
NOTE: While the program is no longer taking registrations, we are providing these as reference materials that can provide inspiration and guidance to people interested in the community approach.
Featured Case Studies
Sacramento Valley Station
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Song Saa Reserve
Imagine communities that function like a forest ecosystem. The Living Community Challenge is organized into seven performance areas.
Health + Happiness
Create healthy communities
Living Communities are:
- Nurturing and generous places that promote healthy lifestyles for everyone.
- Net positive with respect to water and energy. Living Communities generate their own energy and capture and treat all the water they need.
- Create a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.
learn about the challenge
Let’s create communities with resilient infrastructure that benefits all people. View the Living Community Challenge standard to learn about the philosophy behind the framework.