- 16 N. Carroll Street Suite 810 Madison WI 53703
http://www.1kfriends.org/ 1000 Friends of Wisconsin shape healthy communities where people want to live, work, and play. Their work focuses on helping communities make the connection between our everyday land use and transportation decisions and our states economic, environmental and cultural health.
A Wisconsin comprised of livable, environmentally friendly, compact, healthy and prosperous communities through three main strategies:
1. Promote and advocate beneficial land, water and air use policies.
2. Evaluate and update implementation of Smart Growth Law.
3. Educate and market Smart Growth concepts through Green Tier Communities.
1000 Friends of Wisconsin was founded in 1996 by a diverse group of academics, conservationists, lawyers, elected officials, and businesspeople, in order to become the citizens voice for sound land use planning. The goal was to protect Wisconsins quality of life, natural resources and cultural heritage from the effects of sprawl and uncontrolled growth.
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In the early days, 1000 Friends started an outreach program to introduce the idea of traditional neighborhoods and sound land use planning. We then developed a land use agenda to present to the legislature. In 1999, the 1000 Friends initiative, called Smart Growth for Wisconsin, was introduced in the legislature. The far reaching legislation required every Wisconsin community to have a comprehensive land use plan by 2010 and it required those communities to involve the public in the development of that plan.
This historic land use legislation passed in late 1999 thanks to a strong grass roots movement. With almost 1700 members in 250 communities around Wisconsin, 1000 Friends was the catalyst behind the legislation. During this period, our members voiced their strong support by calling, writing, emailing and visiting their elected officials at crucial moments. Their staff helped write the Smart Growth law. They built a coalition behind the legislation and lobbied the legislature for Smart Growth.
1000 Friends of Wisconsin
16 N. Carroll Street
Madison WI 53703