2040 Vision

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Strategic Framework

For the last 25 years, we have been successfully helping people in the West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the West that brought them here. Discover our vision for our next 25 years. 

Our Letter to You

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Arizona Public Media

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I-11 Corridor Initiative

In a recent PBS piece, our Sun Corridor Program Director talks about Sonoran's involvement in the project's development. He goes on to discuss the Environmental Impact Statement process and the critical concept of integrated infrastructure. As always, it is vitally important that stakeholders work together from start to finish.

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EPA Clean Power Plan

The Sonoran Institute prepares a statement on today's release of the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Rules in order to discuss the platform for our study to be released next month. We will reveal how large-scale solar can do far more in meeting the EPA's emissions targets than originally envisioned in the rule.

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How Communities Grow in the West

The West that we love is at a crossroads, and the choices we make will shape its future—our future—for generations to come. One of the key challenges we face is how communities will grow in the future. The next wave of growth and change is just around the corner. This time, we have the choice to move beyond poorly planned development and to build neighborhoods that have more housing and transportation choices, that are located closer to city and town centers, and that provide greater convenience for residents and financial benefits for communities.

Check out our resource areas on how we are helping local leaders build successful communities in the West.


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Initiated in 2013, Community Builders helps local leaders build successful communities in the American West. Communities with strong and diverse economies, quality growth, vibrant downtowns, and complete neighborhoods.

Check us out at communitybuilders.net


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A Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – Sonoran Institute Joint Venture

This partnership engages in projects that broaden the information and policy options for improving land conservation, planning and urban form in the West, and it promotes development that conserves land, minimizes impacts to the environment, and uses best practices for community planning and design. 

Learn more about our Western Lands & Communities initiatives


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Successful Communities Online Toolkit Information Exchange

Founded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute, the Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange (SCOTie) is a valuable source of best practices and resources from model western communities created by Western Lands and Communities.

Visit SCOtie today to learn more

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The Sonoran Institute conducts ongoing research on topics such as: growth impacts; the changing Western economy; land-use policy; and the changing role of public lands.

Check out our Library to access our research reports.