The Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects Center for Communities by Design has chosen 10 communities to receive technical assistance for its Sustainable Design Assessment Team program in 2009. The communities are Beatrice, Neb.; Cleveland; Eagle River Valley, Colo.; Hilo, Hawaii; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Orange, Mass.; Port Angeles, Wash.; SE Tennessee Valley, Tenn.; and Virginia Beach, Va. The collaborative SDAT brings together architects and other professionals from across the country to provide a roadmap for communities seeking to improve their sustainability, which is defined by a community’s ability to meet the environmen- tal, economic and social-equity needs of today without reducing the ability of future genera- tions to meet their needs. “In its fourth year, the SDAT program continues to evolve by offering detailed solutions for neighborhood revitaliza- tion, transportation-infrastructure challenges, and a host of economic and environmental issues facing communities all over the coun- try,” says Joel Mills, director of the AIA Center for Communities by Design. “The volunteer architects and other team members are able to provide invaluable consulting services about how to better utilize local assets, ideas for how to transform blighted areas and ways to make these communities more pedestrian friendly.” To learn more about the program, visit www. or see “greenscene,” page 44 of eco-structure’s March issue.