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Criterion is an urban and regional planning firm founded in 1980 with a focus on sustainable community development. The firm has since become a nationally-recognized leader in planning techniques and tools that help stakeholders create places that are measurably more equitable, resilient, and prosperous.

This place-making ranges from regions to neighborhoods, with an approach that integrates land-use and transportation planning, urban design, and environmental stewardship. Criterion professionals combine sound technical analysis with creative thinking to assemble plans that produce results: in the past decade alone, Criterion-planned and implemented projects have saved over four billion pounds of global warming emissions. This experience and track record supports clients throughout the U.S. that seek innovative and resilient solutions to community development challenges.

The firm is a certification reviewer for LEED for Neighborhood Development, a technical adviser for STAR Communities, and a technical consultant and certification verifier for EcoDistricts. As a non-profit public service, the firm also operates a global registry of urban sustainability assessment and rating tools at Transformative Tools.