USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood blogged recently about the significant job creation that results from bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects when compared to typical roadwork.
Author: Chelsea Allinger
From Barbara Campagna at the National Trust for Historic Preservation:
Finally – the National Trust’s Best Practices Manual, complete with over 50 pages on Sustainable Practices at existing and historic buildings – is online and downloadable!
On Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 1:30pm-3:00pm, CCAP is hosting a webinar on the new report Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change, and Prosperity. Authors Chuck Kooshian and Steve Winkelman will discuss how application of smart growth principles can improve the bottom line for businesses, household budgets and government balance sheets. Christopher Leinberger will provide some private developer insights.
HUD’s Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse (RBC) offers solutions to state and local regulatory barriers to affordable housing. Their website has now been updated to include information on sustainable communities.
Brownfields 2011: Sustainable Communities Start Here:
The National Brownfields Conference is the largest, most comprehensive conference in the nation focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of economic and environmental redevelopment, or a seasoned professional looking to make new connections and increase your business, Brownfields 2011 offers something for you.
From Enterprise Community Partners:
Green Asset Management Toolkit (PDF)
A powerful tool for improving the performance of existing buildings, the toolkit helps reduce operating costs and environmental hazards, improve utility savings and draw prospective residents to an attractive, healthy living environment.
While many of us were busy with holiday festivities, FTA was busy announcing seven major transit projects. From the December 27, 2010 FTA press release:
Projects Include Subway, Light Rail, Commuter Rail
WASHINGTON – The Federal Transit Administration today announced that is advancing a total of $182.4 million in New Starts funding for seven transit projects already under construction in New York, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Northern Virginia.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a Notice of Public Interest for Sustainable Communities Research Grants of $150,000-$500,000 (to be awarded from a pool of $1.5 million in available funds). Non-profit foundations, think tanks, for-profits, educational institutions, and others are eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is February 4, 2011.
A new report from Reconnecting America inventories “ongoing, institutionalized programs that provide direct funding or financial incentives” for transit-oriented development.
Sponsored by DOE’s Technical Assistance Program for state and local officials, this webinar will feature presentations on community renewable programs, with a focus on wind projects, and how these can be models for communities interested in owning and developing wind projects to provide locally produced clean energy.