"Social Equity and Sustainable Development for Metropolitan Regions: This paper presents six case studies, which exemplify best practices in smart growth and social equity from a regional metropolitan perspective in the United States. A brief multi-media presentation offers onsite footage of the communities and key spokespeople in the regional equity movement. Each of these demonstration projects has been part of a four-year collaboration with grantees of the Ford Foundation (Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative). This learning action network began in 2002 and is a partnership composed of grassroots community advocacy groups, policy analysts, and leading researchers in urban sustainable development.Regional Interventions: The community sustainable development literature has focused on neighborhood level interventions, including advocacy and policy development (Pastor). However, other researchers (Orfield, Rusk) have advocated the importance of a regional perspective in sustainable urban development including state-based interventions (Katz), federal regionalism (Powell), and community-based regionalism (Glover-Blackwell). Bottom up regional strategies in this study include: community benefit agreements for large-scale building projects, adaptive reuse of existing buildings with LEED certification, community-initiated regional transportation planning, vacant properties initiatives with land banking, farms-to-schools healthy food projects, environmental justice through brownfield restoration, and university/community collaborations. This presentation is timely given the level to which Hurricane Katrina catapulted the issues of race and class into the realm of sustainable urban land use planning.Best Practices: Best practices were chosen from a national sample based on selection criteria. A national selection panel consisted of representatives from philanthropy, business, social justice organizations, educators, public sector, and policy researchers. Criteria included: geographic representation, collaboration across rural, suburban, and inner city rings. Metrics for Regional Equity (Rusk) were used to measure the level of social equity within the study. Social Justice and Smart Growth: Among the three "e's" of sustainability (economy, environment, equity), findings confirm that economic and environmental dimensions have dominated sustainable practices with little attention to equity. These triple bottom line projects demonstrate the efficacy of social justice working in partnership with economic viability and environmental sustainability in the current geopolitical context. A community-driven regional metropolitan approach was found to be most effective. Specific community-led strategies included: GIS mapping, community organizing, litigation, and leverage of media. "