Urbanism +2030

A Partnership for Implementing Sustainable Urbanism and Resilient Communities

CNU has been committed to advancing sustainable urbanism and addressing climate change in communities of all sizes since Ed Mazria’s 2007 plenary at CNU XV. Today, we are seeing dramatic shifts in the availability of natural resources, and communities are self-organizing to enhance independence and resilience in the built and natural environment in response.

URBANISM+2030, a collaboration between CNU and Architecture 2030, will provide retrofit and development models to help communities visualize and implement low-carbon, resilient development. These efforts will help break down the barriers that encourage auto-dependent sprawl and consequently prevent high infrastructure costs. The 2030 Challenge for Planning® aims to achieve a dramatic reduction in the fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment by changing the way cities, developments and buildings are renovated, planned, designed and constructed. As a partner in developing LEED for Neighborhood Development® (LEED-ND), CNU brings a vetted and implementable framework of urban design, placemaking, and transportation strategies. CNU is also a North American leader in creating consensus through multi-stakeholder charrettes, a critical skill in facilitating the cross-sector and public private partnerships instrumental to 2030 Districts.


The URBANISM+2030 educational series will focus on best practices and implementation strategies for existing and new communities of all sizes. Giving practitioners across the country access to the tools and resources they need to support valuable, vibrant communities will help in achieving carbon neutrality, water, and transportation efficiencies by 2030. By providing tools for success, URBANISM+2030 will enable placemakers, developers, the public sector, property owners, and managers to integrate sustainable urbanism across multiple scales of their community, from energy and water consumption to transportation and urban design.

Architecture 2030 developed and launched the 2030 Challenge for Planning® (2030 Challenge) to achieve a dramatic reduction in the fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment by changing the way cities, developments and buildings are planned, designed and constructed.

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), an adopter of the 2030 Challenge, is a national leader in the creation of sustainable regions and cities, restoration of existing urban centers and towns, reconfiguration of sprawling suburbs into communities, and the preservation of natural environments.


Are you a CNU member? Do you have a project that fits URBANISM+2030's mission? If so, please fill-in the Best Practice Form attached. Click to download.

URBANISM+2030 seeks involvement and participation from all. To learn more, join in the discussion, or raise a question please join the initiative’s listerv!


URBANISM+2030, A collaboration for the climate

Interview with Erin Christensen

URBANISM+2030 Flyer

The 2030 Architecture Challenge
The 2030 Communities Campaign: A Convenient Remedy (PDF)


Erin Christensen, Mithun, Co-Chair
Marcy McInelly, Urbsworks, Co-Chair
Vincent Martinez, Architecture 2030, Co-Chair
Laura Heery, CNU Board of Directors
Ed Mazria, Architecture 2030
Doug Farr, Farr & Associates
Dan Slone, MacGuire Woods LLC

The Urbanism +2030 Initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the members of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Bike lane photo courtesy of Flickr user Paul Krueger.