Discusses how various institutions of higher education across the United States have adopted smart growth strategies to help ensure that new growth and development meet the institutions' mission and serve the community in which they live. The publication begins with an overview of smart growth strategies and then makes a four-part argument for adopting such strategies: 1) Creating thriving, vibrant places helps to attract and keep the best students, faculty, and staff. 2) Smart growth development patterns are a more efficient use of scarce resources and are better investments. 3) Colleges and universities and the surrounding communities can work together across the traditional boundary of the campus to solve challenges in mutually beneficial ways. 4) Better development patterns allow colleges and universities to improve their environmental performance.
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