Privacy Policy

Smart Growth America is committed to protecting the privacy and security of our supporters and visitors to our website. Outlined below is our online privacy policy for personal information collected through this website and e-mail lists. If you have questions or concerns about these policies, we encourage you to contact us.

Protecting your privacy
As part of our commitment to your privacy, Smart Growth America does not sell, exchange, or share names or other personally identifiable information about our online visitors.

We may provide personal information to third parties on a completely confidential basis to enable a third party to perform certain tasks such as maintain membership databases or send email updates on our behalf. These third party providers are committed to protecting your privacy, and will not utilize your information for any other purpose but to provide the services which we contract for. We may share aggregate information, stripped of any personally identifiable information, to third parties to comply with various reporting obligations.

We maintain the privacy of your information using security technologies and adhere to policies that prevent unauthorized use of your personal information. Your privacy could be compromised in the unlikely event of hardware failure or network attack. We will take all reasonable precautions against such occurrence, but assume no liability in the event such an event occurs.

Personal Information
We collect personal information from visitors when they register to receive email updates, submit responses, or use the action tools on our website. The personal information we collect is always voluntarily submitted by you. Information you provide to Smart Growth America is stored in a secure location and is accessible only by designated staff.

If you choose to comment on Smart Growth America’s blog, we will collect information about your username and email address: this information will only be used for site statistics. To send a message through our website to government officials and other decision-makers you must identify yourself by name, address, email address and in some cases, phone number. Smart Growth America includes this information when we send your message. This is necessary for your message to be effective, and in the case of many government officials it is required. Please note that comments sent to federal agencies may be made available publicly, often via the web, and will sometimes include the full name and address of the person(s) submitting the comments. Smart Growth America may disclose personal information if subpoenaed or as otherwise required by law.

We may also monitor and track information such as visitor usage patterns for our website. We compile this information into a de-identified statistical aggregate that we use for internal purposes including improving our web service.

Communications from Smart Growth America
Smart Growth America maintains a e-mail list to keep you informed about our activities, breaking news or important events. We do not share the e-mail addresses on our lists with outside organizations unless clearly announced at the time of signup. In these rare incidences, we will run co-membership programs along with partner organizations. Both organizations will be prominently displayed upon signup.

When you provide Smart Growth America with your email address and mailing address we may contact you to ask you to become a member of Smart Growth America. You can choose not to receive such requests by contacting us at

If you have opted to receive any of our publications by email you are able at any time to unsubscribe by clicking a link that appears in the email publication itself, or by contacting us at info [at[ smartgrowthamerica [dot] org.

Changes to this policy
Smart Growth America will revise or update this policy if our practices change, or as we develop better ways to keep you informed about them. You should refer back to this page often for the latest information and the effective date of any changes. Changes to the policy shall not apply retroactively. This policy is effective as of January 24, 2011.