Livability Solutions is a coalition of professionals who can help you create better places to live, work, and play. We are 10 leading non-profit organizations with deep experience in fostering sustainable development and providing communities with the tools, technical assistance, and support they need to transform plans into action.

Our expertise areas include: sustainable transportation, land use, Placemaking, public engagement, green infrastructure, and transit-oriented development.

How can we help you achieve your community’s sustainability and livability goals? Contact us at livabilitysolutions[at]pps[dot]org and for more on the capacity building we offer, see What We Do and Our Tools.

Our partners all have:

  • On-the-ground experience leading technical assistance and capacity building at the local and regional levels.
  • A commitment to creating more livable, sustainable neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces
  • Tools and best practices to help communities achieve their livability goals
  • The ability, technical expertise, and connections to create productive collaborations between sectors, including among transportation, land use, environmental, and community stakeholders

Who We Are

Our members include:

  • Project for Public Spaces (PPS) works with communities, public agencies, state DOTs and transit agencies to foster healthy and sustainable places for people.
  • ChangeLab Solutions’ team of attorneys, urban planners, and policy analysts assists communities in developing and implementing public health policy strategies that promote the common good by making healthier choices easier for everyone.
  • Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) conducts data and mapping analysis, illustrating intersections between transportation, land use and climate change.
  • The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute works to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and that advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities and better built environments.
  • The Local Government Commission assists local governments in establishing and nurturing the key elements of livable communities.
  • The National Charrette Institute helps people build community capacity for collaboration to create healthy community plans.
  • The Congress for New Urbanism promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.
  • Newport City Renaissance Corporation is a private, non-profit, non-governmental organization that serves as a catalyst for transforming Newport’s community and economic development.
  • The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) at North Carolina State University conducts innovative programs of research, education, and technology transfer that seek to mitigate the impacts of surface transportation on the environment.
  • Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP) is a diverse, nationwide coalition working to ensure safer communities and smarter transportation choices that enhance the economy, improve public health, promote social equity, and protect the environment.

Our coalition includes the following leading experts:

Scott Bernstein, President and Co-Founder of CNT, Scott leads work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally.
kellymorphy600-304xx300-450-150-0 Kelly MorphyExecutive Director of WALC, brings more than 15 years of experience in civic engagement and public service to her work fostering healthier, better connected, more accessible and more sustainable towns and cities.  
BEN_IMG_0108_A Ben Winig is a Senior Staff Attorney and Program Director at ChangeLab Solutions working at the intersection of the built environment, health, and sustainability.  He regularly advises elected officials, public agency staff, and community-based organizations on a variety of active living and healthy planning strategies.
Jackie Grimshaw joined CNTin 1992. Now serving as Vice President, she has developed CNT’s capacity to engage in public policy advocacy, transportation research, public participation tool development, GIS mapping, and community economic development.
Leigh Lane of CTE is aSenior Research Associate and has 24 years of experience in transportation planning, project development, research, education and policy development.  She is nationally recognized in CSS, CIA and EJ, as evidenced by numerous appointments to related national committees and panels as well as talks at conferences and meetings around the country on these topics.
Bill Lennertz is Executive Director of the National Charrette Institute and is a leading charrette facilitator and educator.  As a registered architect, a master urban designer, and a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Bill has led numerous successful charrette teams and passes this knowledge and experience on to his trainees.
Meg Walker, a Vice President at PPS, is a certified planner and registered architect whose expertise encompasses town centers, mixed-use development, public space and waterfront planning, and downtown revitalization.
lynn_headshot_sq Lynn Richards, President and CEO of CNU, has worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Through her previous work at U.S. EPA, she produced groundbreaking research on smart growth, water, and land use strategies, and as a Harvard Loeb Fellow, published research on suburban retrofit strategies. 
Gary Toth, PPS’s Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of livable transportation solutions. His more than 35 years of project management experience include a career at NJ Department of Transportation, where he helped to found the national Context Sensitive Solutions approach, pioneer strategies to coordinate land use and transportation, and build bridges between transportation engineers and communities.
Paul Zykofsy manages LGC’s land use, transportation, community design and health programs, and has been Director of the Commission’s Center for Livable Communities since 1995.  He is a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences on a wide range of topics related to land use, transportation and community design.