The Trust for Sustainable Development has been actively engaged, since its inception in 1994, in the sponsorship or planning and creating sustainable buildings and towns.

Throughout North America there is a turning away from the modern practices of development and developers, particularly as they are expressed in predictable suburban sprawl. The Trust sponsors development based on the more traditional patterns of well defined towns and mixed neighborhoods. Within these patterns, a greater number of people can be accommodated in a higher quality of life, with a smaller consumption of land, a reduced demand on infrastructure and less impact on the environment and often with an improvement to previously damaged lands.more→