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 climate protective and resilient.

This place-making ranges from regions to neighborhoods, with an approach that integrates land-use and transportation planning, urban design, and environmental stewardship. Criterion combines 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 practical solutions to community development challenges.

The firm specializes in sustainability appraisal at the neighborhood scale as a certification reviewer for LEED for Neighborhood Development, and technical advisor for EcoDistricts Certified.