Visioning and Assessment Tools

Sustainable Long Island
David Margalit and Mark Newhouse
Michaela Ahern, Dominick Answini, Luke Falk, Christina Mo

Sustainable Long Island (SLI) is a nonprofit organization that works with Long Island communities to revitalize their economic centers. SLI engages community members, elected officials, and civic leaders through a comprehensive Visioning Process to create a development plan designed to serve the community’s needs.The goals of the Capstone project were to create intake assessment tools SLI will use when evaluating future community projects and to provide information concerning visioning processes nationwide. These assessment tools will evaluate the existing assets of a community in need of assistance as well as the impact SLI could potentially make given its resources and skills. The project deliverables include a community assessment tool, a project intake assessment tool, a “best practices” report of visioning processes, and a brochure aimed at first-time home buyers detailing the benefits of living in a smartgrowth community.

This Capstone was made possible with support from the KeySpan Foundation.