Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) helping communities nationwide

A community guide to hosting an SDAT


The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program was created in 2005 to assist communities in developing policy frameworks and long-term sustainability plans. The program, based on AIA’s longstanding R/UDAT program, combines local resources with the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized professionals who volunteer their time to identify ways to encourage change in a community. This approach, which can address social, economic, political, and physical issues, offers communities a tool to mobilize local support and fosters new levels of cooperation.

The SDAT program has used this grassroots approach across the nation to help create communities that are healthy, safe and livable, as well as more sustainable.

The SDAT Guidebook outlines the four phases of the SDAT process, from initial interest through implementation. It provides guidance as to the requirements for a successful SDAT process, and details the roles and responsibilities of all of the involved parties.

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From the SDAT program guide