Public health leadership in sustainable community design: San Francisco

The design of our built environment has a major influence on public health outcomes ranging from asthma rates to childhood obesity. NACCHO, PolicyLink and the Convergence Partnership hosted a webinar yesterday to help communities translate this evidence into action. Dwayne Marsh, Senior Advisor to the HUD Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, made it clear that public health … Continued

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Choosing the right HUD planning grant for your project

With so many new opportunities arising out of the federal Sustainable Communities Partnership, it can be difficult to determine which federal grants you should pursue for your community’s planned initiative. If you are deciding whether to apply for a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant or a joint TIGER II/Community Challenge Planning Grant, this chart … Continued

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Notes from TIGER II Discretionary Grants and HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants Webinar

Over 430 individuals attended a webinar on July 1 hosted by federal officials from HUD and DOT to discuss the jointly issued TIGER II Discretionary Grants and HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants. If you were unable to attend, we have included some key notes from the webinar below to help your state and community compete … Continued

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Why a Place-Based Investment Approach? Derek Douglas Explains.

Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President on Urban Policy, discusses why the Obama Administration has adopted a regional, place-based approach to community investment in his latest White House blog entry. In short, it’s about viewing neighborhoods as important, unique places within a broader regional system. And it’s about appreciating the fact that, for example, … Continued

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Building Livable Communities Forum Announced for 9/22

On September 22, 2010, Partners For Livable Communities and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum are hosting a forum to create a common framework that will allow federal and Congressional leaders and staff to most effectively coordinate to advance livability values. Emphasizing quality of life issues such as arts and culture, local institutions and good design, this forum … Continued

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Webinar: Incorporate Livability into Transportation Plans

While livability is one of USDOT’s main objectives, state and local governments are often the ones who translate this objective into on-the-ground community improvements. ICF International is here to help with a webinar on July 14 from 12pm-1pm EDT to address: How to implement a multimodal corridor strategy What livability means in small towns and … Continued

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WH Chat on Energy & Climate Change Legislation on 6/29

On Tuesday, the White House will be answering questions on federal energy and climate change legislation, an issue with direct relevance for state and local sustainability. All are invited to participate online. From The White House Blog: On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of Senators to discuss the need for comprehensive … Continued

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HUD Sustainable Communities Planning Grant NOFA Released

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced the availability of $100 million for the 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. As another project of the federal Sustainable Communities Partnership, this planning grant program reaffirms the Obama Administration’s commitment to enhancing our regions’ capacity address complex regional sustainability challenges. Regional partnerships and consortia … Continued

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EPA Releases RFP for $10M in Climate Showcase Communities Grants

Thanks to $10 million in grants now available from the EPA Climate Showcase Communities program, approximately 25 local and tribal communities will move one step closer toward a green, sustainable future. With grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000, grant recipients will also receive technical assistance from the EPA Local Climate and Energy Program. Climate Showcase … Continued

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USDOT and HUD Release Notice of Funding Availability for Joint TIGER II Planning Grants and Sustainable Community Challenge Grants

USDOT and HUD have created one point of entry to apply for joint TIGER II Planning Grants and Sustainable Communities Challenge Grants. As part of the Sustainable Communities Partnership, this effort is rooted in — and encourages projects that reflect — the six federal livability principles. The program rewards innovative, collaborative approaches to sustainable development … Continued

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