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Better Communities Belong to Everyone

Successful environmental planning requires outreach and collaboration.  But when new technical tools are coming into the marketplace to help us in literally every aspect of our lives, why isn't the planning profession being offered similar easy to use tech tools to make it easier to design better communities?  We need a kit of tools that we can actually use with our own hands, to work with each other around complex issues.  

Whether driving the development process, reviewing a project for approval or just living next door, everyone has a role to play in the land development process, helping to decrease environmental impact such as climate change from new development. But unilateral activism isn't a sufficient blueprint for getting better projects designed and approved through complex entitlement processes.

We’ve all grown accustomed to having My Music, My Photos, My Videos as part of our technological lives. Catering to our desire for individuality in every facet of our lives is the new norm. The closest Thai restaurant, the cheapest gas, the open parking spots, the fastest way around gridlock are now a click away.  

What we don't have—aside from Sim City and similar city-building games—are personal tech tools that enable individuals to work on community planning ideas for their own communities and then share and compare them, to create acceptable future scenarios—without the need for experts to frame and solve the problems for us.

Our individual new ideas don't have to solve big problems--thousands of apps today have very limited utility yet they offer unique and intriguing game psychology applied to day to day experience. My hope in creating Carbon Planner is that through better design and ease-of-use, we’ve created a product that helps community members better understand the issues and solutions to better mitigation and carbon planning in their community.

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