ICLEI announces nine STAR Beta Communities

Back in October, we brought you information on ICLEI’s new STAR Community Index, a national framework and performance-management system expected to be launched in 2011 that will allow local governments to measure and rate their sustainability performance. ICLEI has now announced the nine selected STAR Beta Communities. They are: Atlanta, GA Boulder, CO Chattanooga, TN … Continued

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GAO releases report on reforming statewide transportation planning

In “Statewide Transportation Planning: Opportunities Exist to Transition to Performance-Based Planning and Federal Oversight,” (report highlights available here) the GAO surveys the long-range plans and STIPs of all 50 state Departments of Transportation. The report finds: Long range transportation plans generally include some performance elements, such as goals, but most do not include performance targets. … Continued

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Measuring progress toward sustainability in Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability is tracking 160 different projects for progress toward Greenworks strategic sustainability goals. Developing a system of measurement that was efficient, feasible, and useful was no easy feat. A new article in Governing describes what has been done and offers suggestions for other local governments interested in using performance … Continued

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$66 million available from USDA, EPA, and U.S. Department of Commerce

The EPA State and Local Climate and Energy program brings us a round up of available federal funding for state, local, and tribal governments: *** USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – $6.3 million Application Due: December 22, 2010 Eligible Entities: State governments, local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others The U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continued

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Center for Transit-Oriented Development releases tool to evaluate the performance of transit zones

From CTOD: Whether working locally or regionally, the guidebook provides easy to understand information to help guide efforts to create high-quality TOD that reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT), a significant generator of our national greenhouse gas emissions, as well as creating a host of community benefits. The guidebook builds off of the TOD Database, a … Continued

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HUD Director of Sustainable Housing & Communities blogs on Partnership progress

Shelley Poticha, the Director of the HUD Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, blogged today on efforts to break down the walls between federal agencies and to move toward greater partnership and cooperation. She writes: When each federal agency ‘did its own thing,’ there was no real progress toward building sustainable and livable communities defined … Continued

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Making the connection between urban planning and fiscal sustainability

Contrary to the traditional view that “big boxes” mean “big bucks” for the local tax base, “one of the best fiscal cures for cities is dense, urban development,” argues Hazel Borys of Placemakers in a recent New Urban Network post. She believes planning departments should play a key role when it comes to resolving critical … Continued

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Webinar: Planning for Affordable Rental Housing Near Transit: Using Acquisition Funds and Land Banks

Enterprise Community Partners has alerted us to this upcoming webinar from the Center for Housing Policy on December 15 from 2:00pm ET to 3:00pm ET: The Center for Housing Policy (CHP) (the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference) will hold a forum on Planning for Affordable Rental Housing Near Transit: Using Acquisition Funds and … Continued

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Webinar: How States Use Qualified Allocation Plans as Incentive for Preservation, Transit Oriented Development and Green Design & Building Practices

Enterprise Community Partners is hosting a webinar addressing “How States Use Qualified Allocation Plans as Incentive for Preservation, Transit Oriented Development and Green Design & Building Practices” on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 2:00pm ET. Description With the low income housing tax credit market (LIHTC) coming back to life, how states prioritize this valuable resource … Continued

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Webinar: Federal Housing and Community Development Issues: A Review of the 111th Congress and a Preview of the 112th Congress

Enterprise Community Partners is hosting a webinar entitled “Federal Housing and Community Development Issues: A Review of the 111th Congress and a Preview of the 112th Congress” on December 16 at 2:00pm ET: Description In January of 2011, the 112th Congress of the United States will be sworn into office. This Congress will have very … Continued

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